1st Edition

Transgenders in India An Introduction

By Veerendra Mishra Copyright 2023
    148 Pages
    by Routledge India

    This introductory volume studies the challenges faced by the transgender community in India. It traces the history of the representation of the community in Hindu texts to understand the evolution of their status within Indian society. The book looks at various themes such as the concept of establishing identity through the processes of 'coming out' and 'transitioning’ and analyses how race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, class, nation, religion, and ability have cross-influenced to shape the transgender experience and trans culture across and beyond the binary.


    Lucid and topical, the book debunks myths and critiques the stigma and discrimination surrounding the transgender community. It will be an essential read for scholars and researchers of gender studies, queer studies, exclusion and discrimination studies, political science, sociology, social anthropology, and South Asian studies.





    Chapter 1: Mapping the Identity: Historical perspective of Transgender persons

    Chapter 2: Understanding Transgender persons

    Chapter 3: Establishing Identity-'Coming out ' and 'transitioning’

    Chapter 4: Living on the Extreme Margin: Social Exclusion & Discrimination of the Transgender persons

    Chapter 5: Clan culture- Religion, Rituals and Emasculation

    Chapter 6: Interventions required

    Chapter 7: From Visibly invisible to Visibility: Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019 and Rules 2020.

    Chapter 8: Changing scenario-progressive stories





    Veerendra Mishra is an IPS (Indian Police Service) officer of the Madhya Pradesh Cadre, and currently posted at Police Headquarters, Bhopal, India. An international expert on the subject of human trafficking, he is founder of RACE Lab (Research, Advocacy and Capacity building against Exploitation lab), India’s first anti-human trafficking lab. He was Director, NISD (National Institute of Social Defence), Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India.