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Women sit outside a shopping centre, in Bangalore, India

They offer free spas on Women’s Day and call us ungrateful angry feminists rest of the year

My problem is with the false sense of activism that women's day provides to companies for thinking they are contributing to the women’s movement.
Representational image of working women

‘Butterfly Politics’ is a mirror to reflect on miles covered for gender equality

Mackinnon’s understanding of concepts of power, privilege and intellectual freedom isn’t just universal, but also prophetic.
Sabyasachi

Why is Sabyasachi shaming women who can’t drape sarees but not men who can’t tie dhotis?

Castigating Indian women is convenient, lazy and unpleasantly paternalistic.
Mineke Schipper and her book cover

‘Never Marry a Woman with Big Feet’: A cultural lesson for the decade

Mineke Schipper’s book is an analyse of the many proverbs that talk about women across cultures, geographies and time periods and how they came about.
Protest

A feminist guide to protesting a film like ‘Padmaavat’

As a millennial liberal and feminist, I spent the day plotting the number of ways to stage a protest against 'Padmaavat'.
Members of Rashtriya Rajput Karni Sena shout slogans against fimmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali during a protest demanding for a total ban on the movie "Padmaavat'

If you care about a woman’s ‘honour’ fight for her safety, not over ‘Padmaavat’

All this faux talk about protecting a ‘woman’s honour’ is nothing more than a way for men, and society, to keep women in control.
Aziz Ansari speaks onstage

What can India learn from Aziz Ansari’s case if it’s not even willing to see marital rape

In a country, which adamantly refuses to recognise “marital rape”, we are still far away from these complicated conversations about sex, coercion, entitlement and misogyny in the bedroom.

Global Pulse: Israel is plagued by corruption, and the Iran-Saudi rivalry is furthering feminism

While the rest of the world might be watching the Iran-Saudi Arabia rivalry with bated breath, women have a reason to rejoice.
Author and the book cover

A chronicle of sexual violence and impunity

Will this 25 November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, make any difference?
Rape

Talk Point: Committees instituted to help make us feel responsible for assault

The HRW report only goes to show how structures of “due process” often don’t work, especially for women at the intersections of multiple marginalisations.

On Camera

File photo of Smriti Irani | Facebook

Smriti Irani’s makeover: From being most disliked Modi minister to dynasty slayer in Amethi

After causing the biggest upset in 2019 elections, Smriti Irani has ensured she can no longer be ignored by PM Modi and Amit Shah.
elections

Does Congress have a future in India after 2019 Lok Sabha election results?

The Congress party faced a crushing defeat in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections at the hands of Narendra Modi-led BJP.

Defence

Ministry of Defence building

On new govt’s defence agenda — 4 key projects to boost India’s military prowess

Indian Air Force and Indian Navy are in dire need of fighter jets, helicopters and submarines, and the new government has to ensure that they get them.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 | Commons

Pracharak Modi: The mask you see, is the man you get

India has its first leader who is unapologetic about belonging to the social and political Right. This is how Shekhar Gupta foresaw Modi’s five years in this National Interest within three months of his victory in 2014.