The South Asianist Journal 2023-08-28T14:59:44+01:00 The Editorial Team Open Journal Systems <p><em>The South Asianist Journal</em>&nbsp;is <span class=" author-d-1gg9uz65z1iz85zgdz68zmqkz84zo2qovvz79zvsri7z84zpz89zoz122zbz88zz89z1z88zz71zz81zwz77zc3z67zudympxz78z">an open-access, peer-reviewed,</span> interdisciplinary journal examining <span class=" author-d-1gg9uz65z1iz85zgdz68zmqkz84zo2qovvz79zvsri7z84zpz89zoz122zbz88zz89z1z88zz71zz81zwz77zc3z67zudympxz78z">socio-economic, political, cultural and religious </span>phenomena in South Asia. At its core is the vision to open research on and in South Asia to as wide an audience as possible. With this in mind, articles and reviews are complemented by flexible formats such as photo essays, and short documentary films. Among the many advantages of our open access policy is that, while authors retain copyright, our publications are free to view or download anytime, anywhere, by anyone with a basic internet connection.</p> Empowering or burdening women? 2023-08-28T14:59:44+01:00 Raj Kharel Rakshya Silwal <p>In many developing countries like Nepal, women are vocationally trained in ‘women-friendly’ professions, encouraging them to enter the labour market. Amidst discussions concerning the role of gender-stereotyped Vocational Training (VT) programmes in empowering women, this research makes a qualitative study of the training and post-training experiences of women graduating from two ‘women-friendly’ VT programs – tailoring and beautician. Data obtained from interviewing 12 beauticians and 7 tailors have been analysed to assess the precariousness associated with these professions and also women’s sense of empowerment through the World Bank Empowerment Framework 2005.</p> <p>Discussions suggest that women are often nudged into low-income occupations owing to their gender roles, lower attainment of formal education and limited access to finances. In addition to their domestic and care work, women are forced to sell cheap labour and work longer hours in a highly competitive market, which signifies the extremity of precariousness they encounter.</p> <p>Although VT programmes give women some agency through assets like income (albeit low), skill, information and social capital, the translation of this agency to empowerment remains questionable. Despite being professionals, women are still not the ones making decisions for their future and thus have limited social and political power. Even institutions designed to empower women leave them out of their board rooms – proving women quite&nbsp; powerless even while walking the recommended paths of ‘empowerment’.</p> <p>This research concludes that gender-stereotyped VT programmes in Nepal exacerbate gender differences, burden women with precariousness and exclude them from economic, social and political capital-earning opportunities.</p> 2023-06-11T00:00:00+01:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Epistemologies of Land Relations in India’s Tribal Frontier 2023-08-28T14:59:44+01:00 Osensang Pongen Martin M Bosman <p>This article contributes to the burgeoning critical literature on Naga lifeworlds by using a heterodox Foucaultian and Marxist framework. The analysis is structured as a genealogy that reinterprets the ways that historical epistemologies have shaped contemporary land relations in Nagaland. Our genealogy draws on place-based interviews to foreground what the history of land relations mean to Nagas today. The discussion sheds new light on (i) the epistemological bearings of <em>gennas </em>on the present-day social realities of Naga-Christianity; (ii) territoriality as an epistemology that reified the village-centered ownership of land; (iii) epistemic ruptures of subjectivation under British colonialism. The paper ends by contextualizing the genealogy of Naga land relations to redress its biased representations and culture of alterity by mainstream media and political outlets in India.</p> 2023-06-11T06:35:51+01:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Book Review Patient Dignity 2023-08-28T14:59:44+01:00 Malashri Lal 2023-06-11T00:00:00+01:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement##