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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.

Talk Point: Maharashtra rape survivor aid scheme lost in red tape

Maharashtra was one of the first states to roll out a landmark scheme for helping rape survivors and victims of child abuse following the outrage over the gang-rape of a photojournalist in a Mumbai mill in 2013.

On Camera

‘A rich Muslim’s expense on Umrah marriage can teach 3 lakh poor Muslim kids for 18 yrs’

Muslim scholars say 84% of Indian Muslims earn less than Rs 50 a day, and want the community to cut spending on lavish weddings, multiple pilgrimages.
t-series

Should Indians support Bhushan Kumar’s T-Series in YouTube subscriber race against PewDiePie?

Bhushan Kumar’s T-Series and vlogger Felix Kjellberg aka PewDiePie are fighting to attain the number one spot in terms of subscribers on YouTube.

Defence

Indian Army | representational image | Waseem Andrabi/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

Army personnel killed in firing by Pakistani troops in J&K’s Poonch district

The border skirmishes witnessed a spurt after India's air strike on JeM terror camp in Balakot in response to Pulwama attack that killed 40 CRPF personnel.
National Interest

Why Rahul Gandhi’s Congress is in danger of morphing into a clueless NGO

Congress has questions but no answers, ‘leaders’ but no winners. Weeks before polls, it’s behaving like a virtuous, anti-establishment NGO just doing its thing.