The Third Eye takes Nirantar’s three decades of knowledge production for the rural and the marginalised into the digital sphere, to create a feminist learning platform for educators, teachers, grassroots workers, policy makers, researchers, youth and communities in rural, semi urban and urban India. It harnesses the potential of the digital for self-directed learning, continuous learning, and the building of public discourse through learning communities.
The Third Eye is a feminist think tank working on the intersections of gender, sexuality, violence, technology and education. It owes its name to pioneering educator Jyotiba Phule’s analogy in Tritiya Ratan, of calling education the third eye through which one views the human condition.
It emerged as a response to the immense role technology plays in the spread of knowledge production, and the deep deficit of open source, bilingual resources to navigate the new parameters of knowledge and access.
The Third Eye creates learning resources in English and Hindi, made up of global and regional research, narratives, stories and art. It brings to life undocumented theories, practices, oral histories, and knowledge rooted in community-based work on themes related to gender, violence, sexuality, technology and education.
The Third Eye works in two ways:
a) An online platform that does a deep dive into a new theme every three months, designing multiple kinds of reading-writing-listening-viewing experiences around it.
b) Offline trainings and experiential learning exchanges across grassroots organisations, directed towards shared use and co-creation of materials, changing the status quo around knowledge production.