This is Part One of a series of three short clips where I interview Dr. Chitra Sahasrabudhey on the topic of the women's movement today and the role of the bahishkrit women (women from peasant, artisan, tribal and other informal sector backgrounds) in shaping a new feminism.
Chitra sahasrabudhey is a social organiser and activist. She did a Ph.D. in Chemistry from IIT Delhi but did not go back to do science or seek employment in that profession. She is one of the architects of the idea of lokavidya which had in fact got formulated during the campaigns of Nari Hastkala Udyog Samiti, a women’s organisation headed by her and active in and around Varanasi. These campaigns were based primarily on the ideas and the practice of nari vidya (women's knowledge) and local market. She was one of the chief organisers of Lokavidya Mahadhiveshan, the Third Congress on Traditional Sciences and Technologies of India (CTSTI) , Varanasi 1998. A founder member of the Vidya Ashram she lives at the Ashram.