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By Soumyadipta Banerjee* My cook has a very unlikely voice. When most domestic staff in India speak so loudly that it gets irritating at times, my cook's voice can hardly be heard from the other side...
Whenever we visit India, we prefer to travel on trains in order to see the countryside and listen to fellow pa engers talk about their changing nation. On one such trip, we chatted with a young couple...
Several bizarre stories pertaining to women have been making the headlines lately. The Haji Ali Dargah Trust while presenting its case in the Bombay High Court to retain the ban on women entering the sanctum sanctorum justified their stance by stating that "women wearing blouses with wide necks bend on the mazaar thus showing their breasts.” In another story, India's Culture Minister reportedly advised foreign women to not wear short skirts or go out alone at night.
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Women are constantly told that motherhood should “complete” them. Those women who do not agree with this idea are seen as heartless and cold. If you as a woman feel that motherhood does complete you, then I respect that and stand behind you. But no one else has a right to tell anyone that birthing a child is what will complete them.
Two years ago, the Aligarh Muslim University came under a lot of criticism for allegedly denying women students acce to its library. The vice-chancellor Lt Gen Zameer Uddin Shah had said that there w...
Last week, a profe or at the reputed Farook college in Kozhikode, Kerala asked 9 students--four girls and five boys-- to leave the cla room as they were sitting together. The students had to report ba...
I think men and women are different but I also believe that they both equally human and should be allowed the freedom to make their own choices and live their own paths without being encumbered by what society expects from them. As a feminist, I don't think men and women are the same but I do think they are equal as human beings and should be afforded the same chances and opportunities that equality offers.
We all know what’s wrong with the concept of ‘item numbers’ in our films, of course. Starting with the name itself, of referring to an attractive girl in skimpy attire as an ‘item’, these songs have b...
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.
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At the 87th Academy Awards aired on Monday morning, Boyhood actre Patricia Arquette made a powerful statement about wage equality for women. Accepting her Best Supporting Actre award for Boyhood, sh...
For me, equal rights would be achieved when we, the womenfolk, stop expecting men to vacate the seat for us, when that announcement in the metro limits itself to aged and the differently abled people, and when, in case of a fight, my son and the girl he has a tiff with, are both dealt with on common grounds.
The rest of the results, however, defied my expectations - while some were decidedly unsavoury, many were insightful, illuminating, and thought-provoking. At the very least, they gave a rare glimpse into what some Indian men actually think of feminism.