Social Commentary What Dr Payal Tadvi’s Suicide Tells Us About Casteism in Cities
Students from marginalised communities come to cities like Mumbai with the hope that these are places filled with open-minded people free of prejudice. But Dr Payal Tadvi’s suicide brings to light the struggles of students from SC/ST categories in our educational institutions, where reservation is a pejorative word.Add to list
Social Commentary From #NotAllMen to #SoDoneChilling: A Fairytale in Two Hashtags
The #MeToo campaign’s biggest achievement has been to educate men in the magnitude of abuse and harassment that women face, something that should have been obvious to men all along. Will this tale have a happily-ever-after?Add to list
Social Commentary How Far Can We Push “Due Process” for Sexual Harassment Survivors?
When women attempt to name and shame their aggressors, they are asked to follow due process. When they do follow due process, as the former Supreme Court staffer did in a detailed affidavit on allegations against CJI Ranjan Gogoi, the process is long and tortuous. As most women know, due process is code for being on trial themselves.Add to list
Social Commentary CJI Gogoi vs ex-SC staffer: Do Powerful Men Subvert “Due Process” in Sexual Harassment Cases?
Men exercise power in sexual harassment cases not by fighting the charges levelled at them, but through counter-charges that invalidate complaints made against them. Only days after the allegation against Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi by an ex-SC staffer, there was a parallel discussion on how he had been framed as a part of a larger conspiracy to “deactivate” the CJI’s office.Add to list
Social Commentary Welcome, Royal Baby. Now Can We All Please Get Over Our Colonial Hangover?
Generations after the British packed up and left, we continue to swoon over a British accent, dream of watching a cricket match at Lord’s, and consider Colin Firth as a legit avatar of Mr Darcy. A fair bit of the English-speaking urban Indian population are embarrassingly obsessed with the United Kingdom and its royal family.Add to list
Social Commentary Feminism Didn’t Win When the Gurgaon Mall Aunty Apologised. Patriarchy Did
Throughout history, women have been publicly shamed for any number of reasons, from adultery, witchcraft, smiling, walking, even existing. We shamed “aunty ji” for her comments, for her clothes, her appearance, her accent — even though we’re aware that public shaming has never been a tool of those who know better.Add to list
Social Commentary Indian Farmers Sued for Growing “Lays Potatoes”. Where is the Social Media Boycott Brigade?
PepsiCo sued four farmers in Gujarat for growing what they call “Lays Potatoes”. But the “boycott crew”, a group of Indian social media commenters that cancels any corporate that does something against their views, was conspicuously absent. Surf, Snapchat, and Snapdeal have all felt their heat in the past – but not the makers of potato chips.Add to list
Social Commentary What the Bilkis Bano Judgement Means for the Rights of Rape Survivors in India
Bilkis Bano was 19 when she was gang-raped in Godhra during the 2002 pogrom; her family was murdered in front of her. Seventeen years later, the Supreme Court instructed the Gujarat government to pay her ₹50 lakh as compensation – the highest amount provided to a rape victim in India. The order recognises not just the state’s inaction but also its obligations to survivors of horrific acts of violence.Add to list
Social Commentary How the Easter Bombings in Sri Lanka Are a Haunting Reminder of its Strife-Torn Past
Sunday’s explosions are all too familiar for Sri Lankans who survived the civil war, which ended ten years ago. The suicide bombings bring back memories of its tragic past. Between 1980 and 2000, the LTTE carried out more than 160 suicide bombings across the country.Add to list
Social Commentary “Talk English, Walk English”: Will We Ever Stop Considering the Language a Benchmark of Success?
A line from the dramedy Hindi Medium has stayed with me: “Angrezi sirf zubaan nahi, class hai class.” My “Gujarati-medium” parents understood this years ago when they insisted upon an English education for me. But our obsession with the language has become a tool of discrimination – aimed against ourselves.Add to list