Tuesday, January 21, 2020

A False Sense Of Comfort : SC Lifts Kashmir Communication Blockade

On January 19, 2020, the Supreme Court finally pronounced its judgment in the petitions challenging the communication blockade in Kashmir which was in place since August 5, 2019.

Tanhaji: A Clash Of Hindu Vs. Muslim Masculinities

Tanhaji portrays two completely different definitions of masculinity, with one being violent and monstrous (Muslim) masculinity and the other being moral and principled (Hindu) one.

On Feminism And Writing: A Path To Self-Realisation And Empowerment?

Writing remains a vehicle for social change owing to the collective understanding one receives by learning about different experiences and perspectives.

Bandit Queen: Depicting Rape And The “Third World Heroic Woman”

Phoolan Devi fought for many things other than just rape, like land rights, but Kapur's Bandit Queen turned it into only the victimhood of rape.

Book Review: The Silence And The Storm By Kalpana Sharma

Kalpana Sharma’s The Silence and The Storm is an important addition to the many voices that talk about the challenges faced by women in our country.

History

What Do We Know Today About The Keezhvenmani Massacre?

The Keezhvenmani massacre has been part of left and Dalit discourses but remain forgotten in many mainstream platforms.

C B Muthamma: India’s First Woman IFS Officer | #IndianWomenInHistory

C B Muthamma believes social justice is an integral part of our constitution where gender justice will remain a non-negotiable article of faith.

Mithan Tata: The Barrister Who Advocated Women’s Voting Rights | #IndianWomenInHistory

Mithan Tata was the first woman barrister to practice in a court. She was also a sheriff of Mumbai and served as a president of All India Women’s Conference.

Mind Your Slogans: Casteist And Sexist Slogans Must Be Condemned

A feminist intervention (no matter how much you may disdain because nation comes first), refuses to sabotage the movement with sexist and casteist slurs to be thrown in the face of power.

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Instagram has become one of today's favourite social media platform. While a lot of people do use it for leisure, there are others who use the social media space for activism too.

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Media Watch

The Media Needs To Use Better Images When It Reports Rape | #GBVinMedia

With so many options available, it is about time that the media step out of the sensationalist and medieval images that it uses in its rape reportage.

Prime Time Religion: Indian Media And Debates In 2019

To say the least, Indian media has failed on the very soul of it. To be ‘the voice of public and not only present truth to public but also speak truth to power’ is what the heart and soul of such journalism.

Interview With Bindumadhav Khire On Media’s Coverage Of LGBTQ+ Issues | #GBVInMedia

Pune-based queer activist Bindumadhav Khire talks about the media reportage of sexual violence in the LGBTQ+ community.

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