About Varta

Varta Trust promotes dialogue and understanding on gender and sexuality as issues intimate and integral to human development in India. We believe that dialogue is essential to tackling social stigma and silence around sexual issues, ensuring gender equity, and stopping discrimination around diverse forms of gender and sexuality.

We look at gender and sexuality through the prism of intersections with age, class, caste, religion, race, marital status, geographical location, sexual and reproductive health, HIV, disability, mental health, education, livelihood, social security, environment and human rights.

Varta Trust aims to publish multi-format and mutli-lingual publications for mass audiences as platforms for dialogue on gender and sexuality. The Varta blog (converted to a webzine at www.vartagensex.org since August 2016) is the first of these publications. Our publishing work is complemented by activities around awareness generation through public events, referrals to services, training, social research, and legal, policy and media advocacy on gender and sexuality.

Currently, a group of 21 people from the fields of journalism, social work, social and biomedical research, human rights and law, health, academics, art, information technology, engineering, business and financial management, event management and queer community mobilization forms the larger Varta team. As a registered trust, Varta is lead by a three-member Board of Trustees consisting of Pawan Dhall, Settlor; Kaushik Gupta, Trustee; and Madhuja Nandi, Trustee.

The first meeting of Varta was held on June 3, 2012 in Kolkata, and the Varta blog started on August 1, 2013. Varta was registered as a trust on May 14, 2014 with the ADSR Sealdah, District South 24 Parganas, West Bengal, with number IV – 00322 of 2014.

The larger Varta team includes: Aniruddha Dutta, Anupam Hazra, Arunabha Hazra, Avinaba Dutta, Bappa Panja, Debgopal Mondal, Debjyoti Ghosh, Kaushik Gupta, Madhuja Nandi, Md. Gulrez, Owais Khan, Paramita Banerjee, Pawan Dhall, Pompi Banerjee, Prosenjit Pal, Rudra Kishore Mandal, Santanu Pyne, Sayan Bhattacharya, Sukhdeep Singh, Tirthankar Guha Thakurta and Vahista Dastoor.


Blog address: varta2013.blogspot.in

Website (and webzine): www.vartagensex.org


Blog and website editor: Pawan Dhall

Logo credit: Rudra Kishore Mandal

Varta Trust acknowledges the support provided by all its well wishers (individuals and organizations), whether moral, in terms of ideas, or in the form of resources – you know who you are.

14 comments:

  1. Way to go...
    Cheers, owais.

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    1. Thanks Owais! You're ahead of the publication time :)

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  2. Congrats Pawan and other team members... Great Beginning. My best wishes for Varta in informing and educating people on gender and sexuality and helping them explore their intimate dreams.

    Manish Mudaliar

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    1. Thanks Manish, and do ask friends and family to take a look as well.

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  3. Great initiative Pawan and Team Varta! WIshing you much success in this labour of love!

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    1. Ramki, ever so grateful to you for having first introduced me to blogging! That was the start of Varta in many ways :)

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  4. Hello Pawanji and Varta team. Good to see this initiative. Was waiting to click the link, since I heard about Varta (few months back). Hope to see Varta in its height. Wishing the team all the very best.
    In solidarity, Biswa

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    1. Thank you for all your words of encouragement and support Biswa.

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  5. Varta blog's launch was celebrated through a small gathering at Pawan Dhall's place August 3, 2013 evening. But the jury is still out on what should be Varta's birthday - the day of the first meeting on June 3, 2012 or the publishing of the first issue of the blog on August 1, 2013. Launch event pictures can be seen on the Varta Facebook page at www.facebook.com/vartapublications.

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  6. There are some few scattered people working in another huge 'gap' area - of issues related to sexuality and challenges to health and ability. Caregivers, families, care-receivers grapple with questions and how-to's and what-to-do's around these issues, often with a massive sense of discomfort and fear. Dialogue and understanding are critical here as well. It would be great if Varta would help increase the engagement, providing a platform for learning, information exchange and experience sharing in this area.

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    1. Thank you Shikha! Your suggestions are immensely valuable and made our day so to speak. We will write to you more in this regard, including to take your advice on any caregivers resources that can be included in the Resources column in this blog.

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  7. This is the first time I am going through your blog. Congratulations! This is indeed a great start. My best wishes to the team.

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    1. Thank you Sarika for your best wishes!

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  8. Congratulations! Much needed venture to spread the word on sexuality and gender.

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