January 23, 2014

On Feminism, Diaspora, and Giving Back: An Interview with Amar Rao

AMAR RAO IS an intrepid Silicon Valley entrepreneur, whose specialty is the high technology sector. He currently heads marketing, sales, and business development for a start-up company. Additionally, he is the San Francisco Bay Area chapter head of Pratham USA, the American arm of the Indian education […]

November 06, 2013

Event Announcement: Lecture

          New Perspectives on Sexual Offenses in India: Examining Laws and Public Discourse Date and time: Monday, November 11, 2013; 6.30 pm to 8 pm. Venue: Wiegan Room, Arts & Sciences Building, Santa Clara University, California About the event and lecturer:                   […]

September 24, 2013

Event Announcement: Panel Discussion

          Reclaiming Rights: Challenging Gender-based Violence in South Asia Date and time: Wednesday, September 25, 2013; 6 to 8 pm Venue: International Development Exchange (IDEX), 333 Valencia St., Suite 250, San Francisco About the event: The Delhi and Mumbai gangrapes have garnered critical public attention, outrage, and mobilising in India […]

September 12, 2013

Gloria Steinem in Comic Form!

IT DELIGHTS ME TO share this news with you: Pioneering feminist and woman of power Gloria Steinem will now be the leading lady of her very own comic book. This latest addition to Melissa Seymour’s “Female Force” series will highlight the icon’s contributions to the world. It is a bonus that her story will be […]

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 13, 2013

Brown in America

My sister was born 4 years before me and a few shades darker. Just enough to cross the color line in the United States. When she tried out for Tom Sawyer, they cast her as Injun Joe. It didn’t matter that she was a girl; she was the only brown kid in the cast. East […]

April 24, 2013

Event Announcement: Talk

        Women and Democratic Movements in India: Changing Dynamics, Altered Perspectives Date & time: Tuesday, April 30, 2013; 1 pm Venue: Encina Hall West, Room 208, Stanford University, 616 Serra St., Stanford, CA About the event & the speaker: Fee: This event is free and open to the […]

March 25, 2013

Dot, Not Feather: An American Desi in the Rocky Mountains

THEY CALL ME Indian. No, not that kind of Indian. Dot, not feather. This is the sort of thing a person of South Asian heritage gets used to being asked frequently in America. Insensitivity of those types of comments aside, there is certainly a lot one can hear about being Indian without knowing the reality, […]

December 04, 2012

Event Announcement: Presentation

  Dalits in America: Rendering Caste Visible in the Diaspora Date & Time: Thursday, December 6, 2012; 7 pm Venue: History Corner (Bldg 200), Room 203, Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford, CA About the event: “Caste exists wherever Indians exist and … manifests itself in a myriad of ways,” writes Thenmozhi Soundararajan provocatively […]

January 08, 2008

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  1. Not all Indian women are tortured.
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  3. I actually felt safer in my home country than I did in my present one.
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