Sumit Chaturvedi - Report Published

Sumit Chaturvedi is a graduate in journalism honours from Maharaja Agrasen College, University of Delhi, and a post graduate in Political Science from Jawaharlal Nehru University. His area of interest has thus evolved in understanding the politics of communication and public discourse. He has worked as a Right to Information (RTI) activist in the past and since completing his masters degree has been writing as an independent journalist.

Sumit Chaturvedi is a graduate in journalism honours from Maharaja Agrasen College, University of Delhi, and a post graduate in Political Science from Jawaharlal Nehru University. His area of interest has thus evolved in understanding the politics of communication and public discourse. He has worked as a Right to Information (RTI) activist in the past and since completing his masters degree has been writing as an independent journalist. His article, “Caste Publications” has been published in The Economic and Political Weekly and another one on a comparative analysis of western Uttar Pradesh and Bundelkhand is slated to appear soon in the same. He has interned with The Hindu newspaper, Delhi Edition and Hindustan newspaper, Agra Edition. He has been maintaining a bilingual blog, in English and Hindi, called Opinion Tandoor for the past two years.

Research :

As a public policy scholar, Sumit will attempt to understand the role played by Upper-Primary and Secondary level social studies textbooks in communicating a structural and historical understanding of caste and gender to students. Education has always been analysed in its ideological and pedagogical capacitates. However, in its dynamic role it can be seen as a structured and formal communication process which is constantly affecting frame of reference of individuals and thus their participation in public discourse, specifically on long standing issues of systemic discrimination such as caste system and gender bias. This public discourse in turn affects perceptions about policy formulations and implementations and also wider democratic processes in this context. Thus, this study aims to look at education as a communication process and its role in sensitising the frame of reference of secondary level students, in Chennai and Lucknow, on issues of caste and gender-based systemic discriminations.

Read Policy Report ' Communicating Caste and Gender: Understanding Narratives on Systemic Discrimination in Textbooks from CBSE, TN and UP Boards' here.

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