March 05, 2014

Women-driven Bollywood Films

Coincidentally or otherwise, too many of my Twitter conversations end up in a blog post. This post too, got kicked off by a tweet-discussion with Dilnavaz about ‘women-driven Bollywood movies’. Always grateful to people for giving me filmi things ponder about, I wondered what, if any, the difference between […]

November 24, 2013

16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence – Queer Feminist Caucus India

Queer Feminist Caucus India is hosting 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence online. This year’s theme is militarism, and we are especially focusing on AFSPA and gender violence. We are: 1. Tweeting – We’ll be hosting two tweetathons from our Twitter handle @InQueer on Nov 1 and Nov 7, from 9 pm IST onwards. […]

November 21, 2013

Of Penance and Justice

In the January 2013 edition of Tehelka Weekly, managing editor Shoma Chaudhary severely condemned the absence of “harsh and swift punitive measures to puncture the idea of immunity” built up around the discourse of rape and sexual assault in the country. It was this very publication, which also severely condemned politicians, who made callous […]

November 21, 2013

Atonement is Insufficient: The Rule of Law Must Prevail: NWMI Statement on Tehelka

“NWMI Demands Institutional Redress of Sexual Harassment and Assault”

Recent developments at the weekly news magazine Tehelka demonstrate that media houses have a long way to go in ensuring safety for women media professionals.

A journalist working with Tehelka […]

November 18, 2013

Of teaspoons of sugar and knuckle dusters

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A few days back the social networks were heralding Anurag Kashyap as the newest feminist on the block. Curious, I decided to click the link on my friend’s Facebook timeline that lead me to watch the cause of such praises- his short film. Titled ‘That Day […]

November 14, 2013

The “Unspeakable Inequalities”: Gender-Neutrality and Educational Spaces

Some educational institutions in India follow a policy of gender equality, but in practice there exist subtle forms of gender power relations and a disciplining of the female body. Despite the fact that boys and girls study together, play together, have access to the same resources, gender socialisation plays a role in ways in which […]

November 10, 2013

That Film After Every Film?

In times not very different from our own, there were three girls. ‘Good’ girls, all of them. They came from middle-class families. They dressed up ‘decently’ and had ‘respectable’ jobs. Almost as a routine practice, however, they were sexually harassed- on the street, on their way to work and even at work. Not surprisingly, their […]

September 10, 2013

Always Around the Corner: Using Female Abuse to Sell

I RECENTLY RECEIVED a comment from a reader of another blog I write, stating that she didn’t believe patriarchy was such a menace in America. I read the comment, took a deep breath, and pondered on the gentlest possible way to dispel that notion without mailing her a dossier of statistics. Turns out I didn’t […]

August 27, 2013

When the clock stopped ticking…

A red coloured Maruti van parked 100 metres away. Four hefty men with bulging eyes. Stark silence, dreaded darkness. No familiar faces in sight. The time was past midnight. … a shiver ran down my spine. —– Amidst the chaos and clutter of charred bodies being wheeled in with families breaking down, little did I […]

August 23, 2013

NWMI condemns gangrape of woman journalist in Mumbai & demands safety for women media professionals

  The Network of Women in Media, India, (NWMI) is shocked and angry at the alleged gangrape of a woman journalist and the assault on her male colleague in the evening of August 22 while they were on assignment for a print publication near the Shakti Mills compound at Mahalaxmi in Central Mumbai. The […]

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