Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2004
This description of Madhavi Kuckreja's work was prepared when Madhavi Kuckreja was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2004.
Madhavi Kukreja is taking the lowest rung in Uttar Pradesh’s feudal system—lower-caste, Dalit women—and turning them into respected and influential “instruments of development” for the entire village. Madhvi’s key insight is using the promise of development to force the higher castes, especially men, to acknowledge and respect these women, thereby completely changing the power dynamics in UP’s patriarchal society.
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