Masses bestow allegiance and trust in the religious leaders that makes it easy for them to use their power to manipulate and abuse the trusting devotees who come to them for help or guidance.
Subterranean water structures like stepwells (vav,Baoli/Baori), and stepped tanks (kund) dotted the dry and arid regions of Western India, especially Gujarat and Rajasthan, and formed the major source of groundwater for centuries.
The juxtaposition of women and Kali leads to the imposition of a motherliness trope, which is a means of ossifying the gender norms and of controlling the sexuality of the women.
Once hailed as a superstar, Zaira Wasim is now at the receiving end of some hard hitting and harsh criticism because of quitting Bollywood.
If the word Purdah evokes in your minds, an image of fully clad women chained in the four walls under the Taliban regime, Iran or Saudi Arabia, then you are gravely wrong.
In the light of mob lynching of Tabrez Ansari, a 24-year-old Muslim youth, brutally injured under the suspicion of theft, simultaneous protests were organized across 70 cities on June 27th.
Coming from a conservative Muslim family where your male cousins won’t even look at you if you are not wearing a dupatta, I have always felt that my body was constantly scrutinised and kept under the male gaze.
Mumtaz Jahan Haider was a woman who was defiant towards the forceful Purdah system and advocated the importance of women’s education in Women's College at Aligarh.
Fasting during Ramadan is meant to teach the importance of patience to Muslims, yet it also reflects the constant shaming imposed on women within the household.
Almost 60 female students from the age group of 8-18 live inside the small building of the madrassa which includes two halls and four rooms.