POV Why an Ordinance is Not the Right Approach to Amending the Aadhaar Act
The furore at the border meant that there was neither the time nor the mental space for people or the media to truly examine the significance of the ordinance amending the rules around the Aadhaar Act. It isn’t just the timing that’s problematic, it’s the fact that the Cabinet has used the ordinance to bypass normal legislative process.Add to list
Politics Dharna Mana Hai: How Mamata Banerjee Has Turned the Art of Protest Into a Circus Sideshow
Very rarely in the annals of history has an active government resorted to protests. It does seem rather redundant that the very keepers of administration would abandon it in favour of large-scale disruption of everyday life.Add to list
POV Do Mainland Indians Have the Right to Impose Our Nationalism on the People of Andaman & Nicobar?
The Andaman & Nicobar islands are at best an oddity forced onto the consciousness of us mainlanders. The archipelago’s location and exoticism makes it ideal for vacations. However, as a part of the nation of India, it receives only irresponsibility, forgetfulness, and exploitation.Add to list
POV Jamal Khashoggi, and the Thankless Life (and Death) of Journalists
Informing the public at the cost of their personal safety and liberty, journalists walk a razor’s edge. But what’s worse than our increasing disregard for the freedom of press? The fact that we continue to enjoy the benefits of a free press – but don’t want to sign up for the fight that is required to preserve it.Add to list
Gender We Made It to Sabarimala. What About Our Right to Pray at Home?
Confronting my grandmother about my sister’s participation in a house puja while she was on her period turned into a four-hour screaming match. At the end of it all, grandma allowed her to wash some puja utensils, but I still lost. I could not convince her to change her belief.Add to list
Gender If You’re Friends With a Sexual Harasser, You’re Part of the Problem Too
The toxic reaction to Tanushree Dutta’s attempt to share her story of harassment by Nana Patekar underlines how it isn’t just a victim’s responsibility to speak up. It took my friend being publicly accused of harassment for me to see I’d played my part in the crime by not confronting him when I should have.Add to list
Love and Sex Dear Men, Please Stop Asking Us “Did You Like It?” Just After Sex
For women, “Did you like it?” is always a loaded question. Not because, we don’t know the answer to it. But how on earth do we answer it with honesty without making our partners feel insecure, defensive, or insulted?Add to list
Social Commentary State vs “Urban Naxals”: How Ghoul Reflects the Horrors of New India
The extreme torture in Netflix’s Ghoul is not merely a dystopian fantasy, nor is it reserved exclusively for “certified terrorists”. Today, activists have been picked up from their homes in Goa and Delhi, but it’s been standard practice in parts of India that we leave out of our mental map of progress.Add to list
Bollywood Is Radhika Apte Now Bollywood’s Token Angry Feminist?
There’s a new stock character type in Bollywood, and she is the token feminist. Always powerful, headstrong, and argumentative, you’ll see her in everything from Ae Dil Hai Mushkil to Sacred Games. She’s the effeminate gay man of this decade.Add to list