Sunday, September 22, 2019

The Subaltern Speaks: Marginalised Communities Will Frame Their Narratives

When Savarna journalists, writers and academics study, report, document, analyse and hold forth on topics concerning the marginalised it benefits them and their peers the most. Wouldn't the best scenario be to let marginalised groups talk for themselves, frame the narratives, decide the pace and take it forward as they want? After all, don't they know what is best for them? Wouldn't it be good if privileged people curb their saviour complex a little, however well meaning it might be?

Examining India’s Porn Ban With Insights Into The Business

The latest in the slew of bans by the Modi government is India's porn ban – a hotly contested topic among feminist circles.

Dear Kundan Srivastava, It’s My Bra, My Body, My Clothes

Recently self-proclaimed fighter of “women’s rights” Kundan Srivastava, decided to teach women a lesson or two in how they should dress while out in public. He posted pictures of two women wearing clothes (of course without their consent) that revealed their bras underneath and sternly told his forty eight thousand followers (bigotry attracts bigotry I suppose) that women shouldn’t dress in “such fashion”. He also proceeded to tell women that they need to have some dignity.
Rina and Rita

Rina and Rita – The Story of Two Indias And The Iron Cage Of...

Rina and Rita are of the same age and are citizens of the same country but their rights and freedoms couldn’t be more different.

Endogamous Love: On Love Jihad & Marriages In India

"Love is profoundly political. Our deepest revolution will come when we understand this truth. Only love can give us the strength to go forward...

Fight Misogyny, Don’t Feed It: In Response to Shenaz Treasurywala’s ‘Open Letter’

Dear Shenaz, You addressed your open letter to national politicians, Bollywood superstars, and cricketer-member-of-parliament – I am none of these things. But I feel strongly...

Modesty of Dress And Indian Culture

Dear Sir/Madam, I write to complain about the abysmal standards of modesty I am noticing in Indian society. All bad things--sensationalist TV, obscene movies, diabetes...

Ms. Maneka Gandhi – Raising a Child Is Not A Mother’s Job Alone!

A few days ago, the Facebook page of the Ministry of Women & Child Development, posted this particular news article. While at the face...

This Indian Blogger Wrote About Indian Men Apologising To a British Blogger…

and you WON’T believe what happened next! Apologies, if that clickbait headline didn’t suck you in, I hope what I have to say will. Recently,...
single women

Why Do Single, Independent Women Still Scare People So Much?

In our culture, it isn't just a piece of gossip for a young woman to be single into her late twenties; it is an act of defiance against the social order.

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Why Do We Need The Menstrual Leave Policy In India?

Why Do We Need The Menstrual Leave Policy In India?

The debate on the ‘Menstruation Benefit Bill’ tabled by Ninong Ering, a Member of Parliament in Lok Sabha representing Arunachal Pradesh in 2018, triggered widespread discussion on the need to have menstrual leave policy for working women every month.
Dear Tamil Cinema, Let Brown Women Play The Role Of Brown Women

Dear Tamil Cinema, Let Brown Women Play The Role Of Brown Women

More than half the Tamil movies I watched had extremely light-skinned women from the North playing the roles of 'typical' Tamil women.
18 Indian Sportswomen Who Made A Difference In 2018

18 Indian Sportswomen Who Made A Difference In 2018

Here are 18 sportswomen in India whose achievements brought glory to our nation and we need to pay more attention to.