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Beyond a battle of ‘props’ and ‘costumes’ - NGOization in India

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This article highlights the need to go beyond the NGOization paradigm in India and conceive new feminist models that can voice and globalize dissent on feminist issues through ‘collective’ and ‘individual’ modes of resistance. It draws inspiration from Arundhati Roy’s collection of political-feminist essays entitled Capitalism: A Ghost Story where Roy contends that in the present feminist landscape in India, corporate patronage is threatening to turn potential feminist revolutionaries capable of radical confrontation into docile, salaried activists of NGOs. Roy, a Booker-prize winning novelist and acclaimed writer-activist, cautions the reader to beware of the welfare-statist role played by foreign-funded development agencies and multi-national corporations. Roy posits that these cliques of professionals use NGOs to soften the politics of radical feminist movements in the face of IMF-imposed structural adjustment programs. As NGOs act as a buffer between the wielders of power and the public in India, the time has come to transform marginalized forms of feminist leadership and channelize existing gender-related expertise into sustainable entities capable of existing without external funding. Various references to both collective and individual feminist forms of enterprise in this article suggest that the creation of independent ‘platforms’ or ‘collectives’ are viable models for feminist reflection and remobilization in India.
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Suhasini Vincent. Beyond a battle of ‘props’ and ‘costumes’ - NGOization in India. Alonso, A. & Langle de Paz T. The Time Is Now. Feminist Leadership for a New Era, , pp.334-341, 2019, La hora del liderazgo feminista). Editado por Red Global Cátedras UNESCO en Género, 978-950-9379-50. ⟨hal-03915825⟩
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