June 30, 2009

The Fear of Feminism

ON A RECENT VISIT to a Ivy League university in the US with scholars from across the Global South, we came across something strange. A book on feminism from its library had a bizarre tag pasted on it. The tag was brought to our notice by Elizabeth Weed, one of the editors […]

June 26, 2009

ToI stoops to new depths

THE TIMES OF INDIA piece “Beware of the Maid” (18 June, 2009) is a contemptible piece of writing that not only displays a complete lack of sensitivity and basic decency, but also shows up the standards of journalism in the Times of India group. It trivializes serious issues such as the abuse and ill-treatment […]

June 23, 2009

Letter from Ramabai to her Husband

Beloved, I’m tired and this drying body remembers the crane- white of your nails tonight.

The widows come in limp droves everyday and my ears scorch with their words.

Today, Shanta told me “They gave me powders to choke my daughter.” Her hands kept fluttering to her head as if to touch dream hair.


June 21, 2009

Ultra Quote: Merle Hoffman and On the Issues

MERLE HOFFMAN in the latest issue of On the Issues Magazine:

Theory must become practice at one point in time. Our bodies are the place where the power structures make their marks with their laws, their religions, traditions and their prejudices.

Our bodies are lines in the sand. Each one of us proclaims that the […]

June 18, 2009

Feminist feed: links and a shout-out

India blacklisted for human trafficking.

Devaki Jain weighs in on the Women’s Bill.

Domestic abuse plagues India’s upper crust. What they mean is not only, but also.

Katha Pollitt on why different generations of feminists should stop fighting each other.

WTF news: Working women caused the global recession.

WTF news: The maid is to blame. […]

June 15, 2009

No sex education for us. We’re Indian.

INDIA IS A populous country, and I’m pretty sure the citizens of India have something to do with it. I don’t think the storks are delivering all those babies, or that they are gifts of the Gods a la Kunti. Thus the move to squash teaching of basic sex education in schools is quite surprising. […]

June 12, 2009

Remembering Kamala Das

ONE OF INDIA’S most beloved writers, Kamala Das, passed away after a long illness on the morning of May 31 2009. A poet and memoirist, she died at the age of 75, after a long and conflicted career.

Predictably, many of the obituaries focused on the more controversial aspects of her writing and life, […]

June 08, 2009

‘Your Name is Justine’

LAST YEAR, when I read Lotus’ review of The Road of Lost Innocence, just the review was enough to send shivers down my spine. I doubt I have the stomach for the entire book. The Road of Lost Innocence is a survivor’s account, the memoir of Somaly Mam who survived the brutality of the […]

June 02, 2009

Parsi by Patriarchy

I CAN SAFELY—and with some amount of pride— say that I belong to one of India’s most emancipated and socio-economically advanced communities. As a Parsi, especially one born and bred in South Bombay (most Indian Parsis live in Bombay, and most Bombay Parsis live in its southern areas), it is near guaranteed that I […]

June 01, 2009


WELCOME TO UV’s new home! The updated ‘About UV’ page reflects some of the changes around here. But to nutshell it,

UV is no longer associated with any organisation. It’s a free, independent entity and reflects its writers and readers. Right now, there are five regular contributors. We want to keep this group […]

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