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Issue No.51
  • :0973-1156
  • :April
  • :2016

Another International Women’s Day (March 8) has gone by, with significant achievements for women in the fisheries across the world. However, while we take stock of, and celebrate the achievements, we should also reflect on the long road of struggle ahead—a struggle for the rights of small-scale fisheries; for the rights of women engaged in fishing, fish trade and fish-work.

Women have always been the backbone of the small-scale fisheries sector across the world. However the contribution of women, both in economic and social terms, have been constantly undervalued.


Evocations of the Sea

A recent music concert in Bengaluru, India explored the universal metaphor of the ocean in mystic poetry—a space beyond identity where social divisions such as those of gender, class, caste and race hold little meaning

By Vipul Rikhi (, The Kabir Project, Srishti Institute of Art, Design & Technology, Bengaluru, India

(Editor’s note: Film maker Shabnam Virmani, and the author of this piece, the poet Vipul Rikhi – singers both - are part of the Kabir Project (, initiated in 2003, which explores contemporary spiritual and socio-political resonances of mystic poets, such as the 15th century north Indian mystic, Kabir, through songs, images and conversations.)

“Evocations of the Sea”—this is how we titled our music concert, which was to be the final session of a 3-day conference on ‘Exploring the Scope of collaborations in Marine Biology and Biotechnology between France and India’, held at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bengaluru, India from 7-9 March 2016, organized jointly by IISc and Dakshin

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