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Archana Kapoor

Archana Kapoor is an independent filmmaker, author of Leading the Way, activist, and publisher of Hardnews, an independent political monthly magazine from India. She founded Seeking Modern Applications for Real Transformation (SMART), an NGO working with marginalized communities in India. She is director of Women Initiatives for Peace on South Asia (WIPSA); heads India’s Sisters Against Violent Extremism (SAVE), an initiative of Women without Borders; and has pioneered the Schools against Violent Extremism initiative in Delhi. She has produced more than 300 documentary films on development issues, such as literacy and education in the Muslim-dominated South Asian countries, the plight of women in post-disaster crises, natural disasters, and the repeated droughts in India. Her film on the Mumbai terror attack was screened in the UK and US. She runs a community radio station in the impoverished community of Mewat, 70 kilometers from New Delhi, which won the Best Radio Station award. She has presented papers on HIV/AIDS in the Middle East and North Africa region, and served as a panelist at the Women’s Forum for Economy and Society in Deauville, the Vital Voices of Asia Summit held in Delhi, the Asia media summit leld in Bangkok this summer, and elsewhere.

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  1. Hi archana,
    just read about you in the sunday paper and decided to seek help from you. here’s how:
    your community radio station works out of Mewat in Haryana. now, somewhere closeby there is the area that tops the list in what can be called the Draupadi syndrome of importing brides from other parts of india to marry all the men of the family. am i right?
    look, i need some honest details of this phenomena, not the salagacious, tentalising bits that have appeared in the media so far. can you please organise some info for me , pretty please?
    where are these girls from?
    what is the instigation for them to come so far to marry unknown persons?
    are they aware before they arrive, that it would be multiple husbands? or are they only told after it is too late after the marriage?
    what are the actual rules in the house for the various husbands…is there a Kunti-ma to lay down the rules?
    how well or how badly are they treated, within the family, within the extended family and within the society outside?
    what happens to their children? who is the declared father? what about those children who take after the mother, rather than the father in looks?
    do they stay there for their deliverries, or go back to maika?
    how many women go maika and dont return? %ages maybe
    how many go maika and bring other prospective brides with them?
    how well settled in the family grouping, with the single bride for multiple husbands and their children?
    you must be wondering why i am asking these questions.
    if you have looked me up, you would have found that i am a writer and this story has revolved in my mind since i first came across it. i want to write a novel which i have already titled “THE PANDAV BRIDES”. it would examine the lives of these women who come so far from home, to virtual isolation, to marry and what do they get out of it, at the end of it all?
    WOULD YOU HELP, PLEASE/ do write to me in any case. thanks a ton.