May 15, 2019

Corruption scandals surrounding the Congress Party-led government, promises of inclusive growth and job creation, and calibrated anti-Muslim dog whistles helped Narendra Modi rise to power and become the prime minister of India in 2014. And there was another factor: Th...

August 24, 2018

It may once have been taken for granted that writing about the far-flung world—like exploring, subjugating and enslaving huge swaths of it—was a white man’s occupation. When V.S. Naipaul—who died at 85 on Aug. 11—stormed that exclusive literary bastion with his irascib...

January 16, 2018

“We believe that the freedom to say “no” to a sexual proposition cannot exist without the freedom to bother.” – 100 French women responding to #MeToo

Just as the neocolonial world has come to realise that it needs to be repeatedly bombed into democracy, we have, based o...

August 15, 2017

In these moments of self-congratulatory glory, as India celebrates 70 years of existence as a free nation, shouldn’t we Indian women stick out our necks as grumpy dissenters and call out the hollowness of Indian democracy?

August 15 1947 marked the overthrow of a perver...

August 10, 2017

Recently, the vice chancellor of India's most prominent educational institution, the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) announced plans to set up a war memorial and install a decommissioned tank on campus. In his view, these measures would "constantly remind students ab...

January 6, 2017

The mass molestation of women in Bengaluru during the midnight celebrations at New Year brings to mind the similar outrageous incident that took place in Cologne last year.

The kneejerk reaction of the Indian political establishment was to blame "western culture" - Karn...

March 2, 2016

The suicide of Dalit research scholar and student leader, Rohith Vemula, on January 17 marked a watershed moment in the anti-caste struggle in India. The factors that led to his suicide make it increasingly clear that what came to pass was an institutional murder; a st...

January 19, 2016

The suicide of a Dalit student is not just an individual exit strategy, it is a shaming of society that has failed him or her. Rohith Vemula’s death comes as the sad, unforeseeable climax of a struggle that he was spearheading against casteist, communal forces. One of...

May 22, 2015

Entering the world of Ali Cobby Eckermann’s Too Afraid to Cry is like embarking on a journey of distilled pain where I had to constantly pause to salute Ali’ spirit of resilience. Writing in the aftermath of Bringing Them Home—a 1997 report that studied Australia’s Sto...

June 6, 2014

The Badaun and Bhagana gang rapes of minor Dalit girls come to us as stark reminders of not only the horror expected where sexual violence meets caste atrocity, but also to lay bare the nature of the state machinery that protects the accused. If caste is such a living,...

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