ANHAD (Act Now for Harmony and Democracy) and Sangat, a South Asian feminist network, are now inviting nominations for the Meeto Memorial Award for the year 2013. Please read the following before you send nomination/s:

About Meeto

Meeto (Kamaljit Bhasin-Malik; 1978-2006) was a scholar, activist and dancer. She graduated with first class honours in History from Stephen’s College. With the Radhakrishnan-British Chevening Scholarship, she studied History in Oxford University and graduated with a first class honours. Meeto’s pre-doctoral research at Oxford was tragically interrupted by her passing away in 2006. Her work In the Making Identity Formation in South Asia is published by the Three Essays Collective.

Meeto researched and wrote on projects ranging from the refugee problem in post-Partition Punjab to the role of parliamentarians in Indian democracy and the role of the colonial census in creating monolithic identities in Sri Lanka.

Meeto also was the first primary coordinator of SAHR (South Asians for Human Rights) and helped organize the first general convention of SAHR in Rajasthan. Between 2003 and mid-2004, she worked as a programme associate at the Ford Foundation in Delhi working on human rights and development issues.

As a dancer, Meeto performed with Leela Samson’s dance production Spanda across India and in Bangladesh.

Meeto’s academic and professional interests were at one with the way she lived. She revelled in the aesthetic traditions of the multiple religious and cultural traditions to which she was an heir as a South Asian citizen.

The Award

In 2009, Kamla Bhasin, Meeto’s mother, instituted an award in Meeto’s memory to honour young South Asians whose work demonstrates a commitment to communal harmony, peace, justice and human rights.

Meeto Memorial Awardees

2012 Mitwa Fellowships In 2012 the Meeto Memorial Awards/ Mitwa Fellowhisps were given to three women activists Germi Roy, Violet and Seeta Leen from a federation of fisherfolk on the Kerala coast. THE Awards Selection Committee decided to give a Mitwa fellowship to three grassroots activists to support their grassroots activism so they are able to make a difference to society. These fellowships will be given alternatively to the Meeto Memorial Awards in order to support activists…

2011 Azra Jafri (from Afghanistan), she is Afghanistan’s first and only woman mayor. You may read more about her work at the following link… to view pictures of the event, click here…

2010 Akeela Naz (from Pakistan) the persona behind the ‘Thapa force’, an army of protesting women farmers, to read more about her work, click the following link… to view pictures of the event please see…

2009 Anusheh Anadil (from Bangladesh) and Laxmi Ben Vankar (from India). You can read about them and their work on… to view pictures of the event please see:…

The Award comprises of Indian Rupees one lakh, a citation and a memento. If more than one person is selected, the money will be shared. The recipients will be invited to present their work at the award ceremony. The Award will be announced in October every year. The recipients of the Award will be chosen by a selection committee whose decision will be final.

To be eligible, nominees must be:

Under the age of 40

Citizens of a South Asian country (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka)

Working on issues of communal harmony, peace, justice and/or human rights, broadly conceived; the nominee may be working anywhere in the world, but the focus of the work should be on South Asia as defined above

Working in any capacity in the field of activism, advocacy, academia, and journalism, and in any medium such as writing, art, dance, music, film, and theatre.

Individuals can nominate themselves or other eligible people.

Nominations must be sent in writing, and accompanied by a detailed CV of the nominated person, a note on reasons for nomination and a duly filled form

Nominations must be received before 30 September 2013 and should be sent to:

Email : [email protected] or [email protected]

or be posted at

Meeto Memorial Award Secretariat

C/o ANHAD C 5 , Basement, Nizammudin West, New Delhi 110013 (India)

The nominations will be judged by the Advisory Committee of the Meeto Memorial Award which comprises the following individuals:

Asma Jahangir, Pakistan Hameeda Hossain, Bangladesh Sithie Tiruchelvam, Sri Lanka Syeda Hameed, India Sadanand Menon, India Anusha Lall, India Rahul Rao, India/UK Kamla Bhasin, India


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