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Centre for Law, Justice & Civilizational Studies


Centre for Law, Justice & Civilizational Studies

This Centre has been set up with a view to carry forward the work Manushi has done over the last four decades in a more systematic manner, institutionalized manner. It offers an Indic paradigm for the study of our society, culture, law, governance & civilizational history. It prioritizes research that:

  • Helps us better understand the life-situations of the people of our country, especially of women and vulnerable communities with a view to strengthening their rights in tune with their aspirations;
  • Promotes ‘Gender Justice’, Not ‘Gender War’; Bridges social and economic divides instead of promoting class/caste or communal strife;
  • Investigates important social and political issues in a non-partisan manner to figure out the changes required in the political and economic institutions of our country that would bridge divides and make governance accountable and transparent;
  • Promotes greater understanding of and respect for our diverse cultures and faith traditions and counters the distortion of our past heritage by shedding new light on neglected or grossly misrepresented issues concerning the past and present of the Indic civilization;
  • Explore ways to make our familial, cultural and social institutions to respond creatively to the changing requirements of our people;
  • Examines the social and historical factors that led to new pathologies such as the emergence of landless poor, deterioration in the status of specific communities and changing role and status of women;
  • Counters systematic spread of misinformation by the mainstream media and leftist academia on issues that play a divisive role in society; 
  • Analyses current social, economic and political developments in a non-partisan manner;
  • Promotes informed activism among concerned citizens instead of interventions based on mere emotive responses as has happened with many draconian laws enacted at the behest of emotionally charged campaigns without serious consideration of issues at hand;
  • Provides policy inputs to the government as and when required; 
  • Examines the actual working of laws and government policies to keep track of the gap between their promise and performance at the ground level; 
  • Work for improving laws and government policies so that they become instruments of empowering citizens instead of tyrannizing them;
  • Generates quality writing that can become part of teaching curriculum in colleges and universities.

Advisory Board Members of CLGCS in alphabetical order


  • Anantha Nageswaran: Teacher, Writer, Angel Investor and Co-founder of NPS International School, Singapore. Currently he is a non-permanent member of the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council.
  • François Gautier: Editor in Chief of the Paris-based La Revue de l’Inde; Founder Trustee founder of FACT – India
  • Dr. J. K. Bajaj: Director, Centre for Policy Studies, Delhi; Member of Govt of India Commission to examine the sub-categorization of OBC’s in India.
  • K. Gopinath: Professor,Indian Institute of Science in the Computer Science and Automation Department. 
  • Koenraad Elst : Celebrated Indologist & prolific writer on civilizational history of India. 
  • Mahesh Jethmalani : Sr. Advocate, Supreme Court of India 
  • Meenakshi Jain: Associate professor of History at Gargi College, University of Delhi. She was also a Fellow, Nehru Memorial Museum & Library, Teen Murti. 
  • Michel Danino : Guest professor at IIT Gandhinagar; former member, Council, of Indian council of Historical Research 
  • M. Nageshwar Rao: Retired IPS officer, Recipient of the President's Police Medal for Meritorious Service, President's Police Medal for Distinguished Service, Special Duty Medal and Odisha Governor's Medal.             
  • Rajiv Malhotra: Founder, Infinity Foundation (USA), researcher, author, speaker, thinker and public intellectual on contemporary issues as they relate to civilization, cross-cultural encounters, spirituality, and science. 
  • Subhash Kak: Regents Professor, Computer Science Department , Oklahoma State University–Stillwater and a member of the Prime Minister's Science, Technology and Innovation Advisory Council (PM-STIAC).  
  • Uday Mahurkar: Deputy Editor, India Today Group, author of two books on PM Modi’s Governance Model.

Director: Madhu Purnima Kishwar, Founder MANUSHI; Currently ICSSR, National Professor, former professor, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies & Director, Indic Studies Project.