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Call for Nominations: 2012 Meeto Memorial Award for Young South Asians working for communal harmony, peace, justice and human rights

ANHAD (Act Now for Harmony and Democracy) and Sangat, a South Asian feminist network invite nominations for the Meeto Memorial Award for the year 2012.

Meeto (Kamaljit Bhasin-Malik; 1978-2006) was a scholar, activist and dancer. She graduated with first class honours in History from Stephen’s College. Owing to 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 associated 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.

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.

Deadline: 31 July 2012

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