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Devyani Tewari

Lawyer and writer, Chevening Scholar (2016-17)

I am a writer and work as Research and Advocacy Officer at Lawyers Collective, Women’s Rights Initiative, New Delhi. I undertake interdisciplinary projects, linking law with governance and other social disciplines and primarily focus on women’s rights and rights of the differently-abled. I graduated from NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad in 2013.
Where Marriage Is Synonymous With

Where Marriage Is Synonymous With Inequality

Let me start by saying that I am not against marriage as an institution. However, I am against the fundamental inequality that has the power to convert an Indian marriage into a form of slavery.
11/08/2016 2:02 PM IST
Do We Build Our Ships To

Do We Build Our Ships To Wreck?

It's difficult being me, a person who has epilepsy, in India. Not surprisingly, there is more awareness about Valentine's Day than epilepsy. Since time immemorial, philosophers excluded people with disability from framing political principles <em>of</em> and <em>for</em> society and in India, this exclusion still prevails.
22/07/2015 8:20 AM IST
Ira Singhal And The Disabilities Of The Government,

Ira Singhal And The Disabilities Of The Government, Society

The disabled have been marginalised since time immemorial. This is the most dangerous form of oppression as a whole category of people are removed from useful social and economic participation. They are seen as dependents which deprives them of their right to autonomy and freedom to make choices. However, more than them it is the Indian government as well as society who "suffer" from the disability of thought, sensitivity, sensibility and vision.
11/07/2015 8:35 AM IST
Set Yourself Free From The Beauty

Set Yourself Free From The Beauty Trap

You must have already formed an image of me in your mind, but let me fill in the gaps for you. I am a US Size 4, light-skinned, light-eyed, brown-haired girl living in a nation obsessed with fair skin. You must be wondering what gives me the entitlement to write this article since I occupy quite an enviable position in this culture.
12/06/2015 8:34 AM IST
Epilepsy And What Afflicts The Law,

Epilepsy And What Afflicts The Law, Society

March 26 is Purple Day, the international day for epilepsy awareness. The word 'epilepsy' means "to seize, possess, or afflict". This indicates how language is a tool in the hands of the powerful, the so-called 'normal' human beings. This inequality between 'normal' and 'abnormal' emanates from the hegemonic structure of our society and is evident in the language of the law.
26/03/2015 12:40 PM IST

Being 'Normal'

As I became older, I realised my medical condition was different from other maladies. Other diseases were 'socially acceptable', mine was a taboo. If I told the truth, I would be subject to discrimination and stigma that could never be obliterated.
13/03/2015 8:27 AM IST
When Right Becomes A

When Right Becomes A Privilege

In the recent past, persons holding high public offices like TMC MP Mr. Tapas Paul and BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj, and likewise the former Supreme Court Judge Mr. Markandey Katju and the Goa Minister Mr. Tawadkar have on separate occasions issued offensive statements which denigrate and deny the personhood of women and the community of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons (LGBT).
23/01/2015 8:23 AM IST