Team

The Third Eye is developed by a team of educators, documentary filmmakers, storytellers.

Dipta Bhog

Head of Research, Innovation and Partnerships

Dipta Bhog has worked on gender and education for close to three decades. She has worked as a journalist and women’s rights activist. She co-founded Nirantar, a Centre for Gender and Education in Delhi, and has extensive experience of working on women’s literacy, adult and girls education and rural journalism at the level of program design, implementation, policy and impact. She coordinated a five-state study titled Textbook Regimes that analysed school textbooks from a feminist lens and has worked on writing textbooks for both national and state governments. More recently, her research work focused on women leaders from rural areas and small towns who run non-governmental organizations. She redesigned and presently conducts CREA’s Institute on Feminist leadership and Movement Building in South Asia and East Africa. Dipta Bhog was instrumental in initiating Khabar Lahariya, which started as a newspaper in 2002, and has been involved in training the team of rural women journalists. Her research on young girls and their collectives resulted in Birdbox, an audio-video installation in the shape of a re-engineered bioscope, where you can bear witness to conversations of young girls from Bhopal, Lucknow and Karvi, on desire, love, shame and freedom. Dipta loves walking her dogs and dreaming of living next to the sea.

Shabani Hassanwalia

Editor

Shabani is a writer and filmmaker, making non-fiction text, sound and images in various media since the year 2000. Her work engages with changing socio-political realities, volatile subcultures and intimate personal histories in an India-in-transition. A graduate in English Literature, Delhi University and post graduate from Mass Communication Research Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia, her feature documentaries include Being Bhaijaan (2014), Gali (2017) and Out of Thin Air (2009). She is an INLAKS Fellow, and worked at The Sundance Institute, Los Angeles and the Documentary Filmmakers Group, London, as part of the fellowship. She was a core editorial team member of Delhi’s First City magazine for over a decade. She has worked extensively with adolescent girls and women in rural India on social disruption through digital storytelling. She is a desktop art collector, and you can contact her for cutting edge screen savers.

Ruchika Negi

Associate Editor

Ruchika is a filmmaker and educator, with an interest in critical and creative pedagogical practices. Her films include Two Autumns in Wyszogród, Every Time You Tell A Story, Malegaon Times and ML 05 B 6055. She also works with sound and text based forms. She has been awarded artistic residencies at Khoj Studio, Delhi, Parco Arte Vivente Experimental Centre for Contemporary Art, Turin and Centre for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski, Warsaw, and is the recipient of Charles Wallace India Trust Short – Term Fellowship, 2016. Ruchika taught in a documentary film program, the Creative Documentary Course (Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts & Communication, New Delhi) from 2015 to 2019, and occasionally teaches film at the Ashoka University, Sonipat. Processes, methods, mediums excite her much more than their end results.

Nisha Susan

Consulting Editor, Digital Strategy and Partnerships

Nisha Susan is a writer and editor. She grew up in India, Nigeria and Oman and lives in Bangalore. She is the co-founder of two award-winning media companies, The Ladies Finger and Grist Media. She currently writes Cheap Thrills, a column on millennials, time and obsessions for Mint Lounge. She was formerly Features Editor, Tehelka magazine and also commissioning editor for Yahoo! Originals, a longform destination for Yahoo! India. Her non-fiction is focused on culture, gender and politics. Her fiction has been published by n+1, Caravan, Penguin, Zubaan and others and often explores the intimacy and strangeness that the internet has brought to India. Her first collection of short fiction The Women Who Forgot to Invent Facebook & Other Stories was published in August 2020.

Sadia Saeed

Technical Head, Editorial Coordinator

Sadia is a post-graduate in Library and Information Science and joined Nirantar in 2002 as a librarian. Gradually, she started handling all Nirantar publications from design assistance to writing to translations to proofreading. Deeply interested in new and emerging technologies, Sadia shows the team what self-directed learning can do, and is always found between new plugins, software and fonts. She is probably any food delivery app’s favourite customer.

Madhuri Advani

Podcast Producer

Madhuri revels in storytelling and uses it as a tool to create dialogues between different communities and generations of women. When she is not recording or taking interviews, she is at her Kahaniyon Ka Adda on YouTube, finding and documenting everyday acts of rebellion. As a learner and a practitioner from the field of humanities, she constantly pushes to critically examine structures around her till she finds a way to talk about it over a cup of coffee.

Shivam Rastogi

Video Producer, Image Editor

Shivam is a photographer and filmmaker, who is constantly trying to make sense of the world from behind the camera. A graduate in Journalism & Mass Communication, IP University and post graduate from Mass Communication Research Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia, Shivam has previously worked with Film Companion and Memesys Culture Lab. You can find him archiving light and everyday frames that he captures on Instagram. He also likes not having to talk about himself in the third person.

Rizwana Fatima

Hindi Desk, Performance Artist

Rizwana is pursuing her Ph.D from Delhi University, and trying to understand the impact of travel in women’s writing. She has been part of Raschakr, a collective that presents public readings from women’s writings. Some of her public readings include Ham Khawateen, Haqeeqat aur Khwab, Mohobbat Zindabad and Har Qatra Toofan. She has worked with CARE as an assistant editor, and her articles have been published in various magazines.

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Archana Dwivedi

Director, Nirantar Trust

Archana has more than 18 years of work experience in the areas of gender and education. In Nirantar, along with steering the organisational projects, her major involvement has been in researching and writing on issues of women’s empowerment and young people’s education and empowerment from a feminist perspective.  Her engagement on these issues has further been strengthened by the work at the field level with women and girls belonging to marginalised communities. She believes in making research accessible to grass roots organisations and, thus, transcreates these into training and learning material for facilitators, field-based activists, and organisations.

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Renuka Mishra

Renuka has a Master’s degree in social work from Delhi University. After working as a psychiatric social worker in England she taught at Rajasthan University in the Department of Adult Education. In 1976 she started a bi-lingual journal on development issues called How / Kaise. During the publication of How she networked extensively with NGOs across the country. Jag Sakhi, a 12-part serial on Women and Empowerment was produced by Renuka in collaboration with CENDIT for UNICEF. She worked with Action India for over 10 years organizing agricultural labourers and stone quarry workers in Mehrauli, Delhi. She has been closely associated with the Mahila Samakhya programme from its inception as a trainer, resource person and evaluator. Most recently, she has worked in Kashmir with civil society groups, to build women’s vocational skills through a range of income generation and educational interventions. At present, she is engaged with deepening her understanding of Vedic texts and strengthening engagement of Sanskrit scholars working on these.

Gagan Sethi

Gagan is a development educator, practicing organizational development expert, and a gender trainer. As founder of Janvikas, Ahmedabad he has helped set up several strategic organizations in the country, like Kutch Mahila Vikas Sangathan, Sahjeevan, Drishti, Centre for Social Justice, HID forum to name a few. He was appointed as member of monitoring group by NHRC to monitor human right violations. His professional expertise lies in human and institutional development training and designing.

Sarojini Nadimpally

Sarojini has been working on public health and women’s health issues in India for the last three decades. She is one of the founders of Sama Resource Group for Women and Health that works at the intersection of public health, human rights and marginalization. She is the national co-convenor of Jan Swasthya Abhiyan, and coordinator of Gender Justice Circle of People’s Health Movement Global. She has led several studies, fact-findings and advocacy initiatives over the past two decades on health systems, medical and reproductive technologies, conflict and public health, access to medicines & ethics in clinical research, and most recently, on COVID 19 and its impact on the marginalised. Currently, she is part of the Expert Committee set up by National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to assess the impact of C0VID-I9 pandemic on human rights and its future response.

Malini Ghose

Malini is one of the founder members of Nirantar. She has worked in the field of education and women’s rights for nearly 30 years in various capacities – as a grassroots practitioner, trainer, material and curriculum developer, researcher, and activist. She has helped design and implement various innovative education programmes for women, and reviewed and provided technical inputs to government and NGO interventions on Right to Education and in gender and education. She was a member of the National Resource Group (NRG) for the Mahila Samakhya programme and was part of NCERT’s textbook Writing Committee for Political and Social Life and Political Science Textbooks from 2005-2008. Her articles have been published in the Economic and Political Weekly, The International Review of Education and Gender and Development Journal. She is presently completing her PhD at the University of Goettingen, Germany.

Sarada Balagopalan

Sarada is Associate Professor of Childhood Studies at Rutgers University, Camden. Trained in education and anthropology, her works draws from the lives of marginal children to historicise and disrupt hegemonic understandings of childhood including challenging the exclusionary logics that often underlie humanist interventions. Sarada’s research is broadly focused on postcolonial childhoods and engages marginal children’s experiences with compulsory schooling, labour, skilling, children’s rights discourses and pedagogies of ‘citizenship’. Her work has also involved efforts to translate her research interests into curricular and related interventions in elementary education in India.  Between 2005-08, Sarada served as the Chief Advisor to the Indian government’s middle-school ‘Social and Political Life’ (earlier known as ‘civics’) textbooks. She is the author of Inhabiting ‘Childhood’: Children, Labour and Schooling in Postcolonial India (Palgrave, 2014). Her work has been published in numerous journals including Childhood, Children’s Geographies, Contemporary Education Dialogue and Feminist Theory. She presently serves as an editor of Childhood. Prior to joining Rutgers University, she was an Associate Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), New Delhi.

Jaya Sharma

Jaya is a researcher and writer. She is a founder member of Nirantar. After completing her graduate degree in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science, she returned to India and began working in Rajasthan with organisations engaged with the government sponsored Women’s Development Program. Since then, she has been working on issues of women’s rights and education for over 30 years. For the past decade, she has been working on issues of sexuality as they relate to empowerment and rights. She has founded queer activist forums based in Delhi and was coordinating the Sexuality Education initiative within Nirantar. This involved research and advocacy related to young people’s right to sexuality education, as well as sexuality related perspective building within rural grassroots programs. As part of Nirantar, Jaya Sharma played a key role in conceptualising and designing a landscape analysis of Early and Child Marriage in India. She is currently engaged in writing on issues of sexuality, in particular on dimensions of consent and psychoanalysis. Articles written by her have been published by Zubaan, Zed, Deep Dives, In Plainspeak, Kohl, Institute of Development Studies (UK) as well as newspapers and magazines such as Live Mint, Outlook and Verve.

THE INTERN ROLL Of HONOUR

The Third Eye Internship Programme offers a ringside view to developing art, writing and pedagogy with a feminist lens. We have a minimum three-month commitment criteria, and welcome folx at any stage of life and education.

Our Champion Interns:

Srija U, Namrata Mishra, Nangsel Sherpa, Achal Dodia, Chaitali Pant, Anisha

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