Teacher, Delhi University and Associate Fellow at Observer Research Foundation
Nishtha Gautam teaches English Literature in a Delhi University college and is also associated with Observer Research Foundation, a leading think tank in Asia. Her writings on culture, gender and military regularly appear in leading national and international publications like Wall Street Journal, Daily Mail (UK), The Caravan, India Today, Hindustan Times, The Pioneer, DNA, Mail Today, DailyO and web editions of NDTV and CNN-IBN. She also voices her opinion on national and international TV and radio broadcasts including BBC Radio, NDTV, CNN-IBN, Headlines Today, Aaj Tak.
The title has plenty of gravitas: <em>India and the World: Postcolonialism, Translation and Indian Literature -- Essays in Honour of Professor Harish Trivedi</em>. The cover, though, is a cutesy pink with a timid looking greyish-blue globe graphic. Ruth Vanita, a formidable scholar and the editor of this book, has kept the packaging of this tribute to her teacher and former colleague simple. This simplicity is Prof Trivedi's foremost crime, turning even strangers into accomplices in no time.
Sexism and harassment in academics is a lot more damaging than elsewhere. Firstly, it dismantles the rosy view that knowledge is empowerment. Being leered at or discriminated against by one's research supervisor can be a bigger shock to the young female academic who perhaps sees her degrees both as a reward and a shield in her battle against sexism.