नोटिस: यह अंजोरा सारंगी के माया शर्मा के साथ साक्षात्कार का दूसरा भाग है, इस साक्षात्कार का पहला भाग यहाँ पढ़ें। माया शर्मा एक नारीवादी एक्टिविस्ट हैं जो भारत के महिला आन्दोलन में पूरे जोश के साथ जुड़ी रही हैं। उन्होंने महिला मजदूर अधिकार एवं एकल महिलाओं पर किताबों का सह-लेखन किया है। वे वीमेन्स…
For as long as we can conceive of the existence of human civilisation, we can expect there to have been people’s movements. The term ‘people’s movements’ itself refers to the inexorable nature of the human being: things always change; they fall apart and come together in dynamic fluidity, and this uncontainable, organic spirit of constant flux is some of the joy of living.
People’s movements and sexuality. There is dissonance in this. Hugging trees, protesting dams, Swadeshi and boycott, anti-apartheid, anti-psychiatry, anti-war, child rights, flags, banners and marches. What does hugging a tree have to do with sexuality? Women’s rights, gay pride, these movements are people’s movements quite regularly seen in the frame and context of sexuality. But the others?
As someone who was surrounded by the sounds of music at home from my early childhood and with a parent who worked in rural education programmes, forming connections between art and (social) change wasn’t too difficult, albeit extremely challenging to explain to many other people who didn’t necessarily see the power that art has to deliver a message or be used as a tool for change.
Maya Sharma is a feminist and activist who has been passionately involved in the Indian women’s movement. She has co-written Women’s Labour Rights, a book on single women’s lives. She is currently working with Vikalp Women’s Group, a grassroots organization in Baroda, Gujarat, that works with tribal women and transgender people. TARSHI volunteer Anjora Sarangi interviews Maya about her experiences with and observations about various people’s movements in India.