Counsel Club Archives

Varta Trust's archival research consists of a series of articles intended to create an archive of the queer movement in Bengal and India – not a chronological narrative of the movement, rather anecdotal histories capturing the little voices that are often lost in general historical accounts – voices from thousands of letters received by Counsel Club, one of India’s earliest queer support groups (1993-2002), from the group’s house journal Naya Pravartak, and from its photographic records and sundry other files and registers that captured the functioning of the group. The articles are written by social researchers and published in the Varta webzine in the column From the Archives. Articles published till July 2016 can be accessed at

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