Sandhya Gupta Sandhya Gupta Program Officer

Sandhya is a program officer in the grants department managing AJWS's work in India. Prior to joining AJWS, Sandhya attended the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, where she received an M.A. in international relations. She has several years’ experience working with grassroots organizations in India, mainly focusing on natural resource rights.

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Reflections on Queer Pride in Delhi

The fourth annual Delhi Queer Pride Parade happened this past Sunday and I was privileged to be there. The parade kicked off at Connaught Place with colorful ribbons, pulsating drum beats and this message to the citizens of Delhi, India, and the rest of the world: “We’re here, we’re Queer!” Read More »

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Why India’s LGBTI Community is Outraged

Activist at July 6, 2011 rally in Bangalore, India

Addressing a convention on HIV/AIDS in India this past Monday, India’s Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad was quoted saying, “The disease of ‘Men having Sex with Men’ (MSM), which was found more in the developed world, has now unfortunately come to our country and there is a substantial number of such people in India.” Azad went on to call homosexuality “completely unnatural,” saying it “should not happen, but does.”

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Water Justice in India: Coca-Cola Pays for Damages as Indians Fight for Clean Water

Today is World Water Day and, exactly one year ago, there was some big news in India: a government report found that Coca-Cola’s bottling operations had caused $48 million in damages for depleting and polluting India’s water supply. Then, just last month, India’s state legislature in the southern state of Kerala passed a law allowing people who had been affected by Coca-Cola operations in Plachimada District to seek compensation from the company. The action was welcome by communities throughout India in addition to being celebrated at the international level as an important step towards holding multinational corporations accountable for their actions. Yesterday’s New York Times article sheds some light on this.

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