Saturday, 19 January, 2019

Topic: Menstruation

Chengannur Mahadeva Kshetram

Next door to Sabarimala temple district, a menstruating goddess is worshipped

The Chengannur Mahadeva Kshetram is located in Kerala’s Alappuzha district, which neighbours Pathanamthitta, where Sabarimala temple is situated.
Union Textile Minister Smriti Irani addresses the 'Young Thinkers Conference' in Mumbai | PTI

Smriti Irani must know India is at a tipping point and women aren’t seeking permission

At the heart of the backlash against the entry of women into Sabarimala temple and #MeToo is a common pattern – men still decide.
Devotees and activist protest against the Supreme Court verdict revoking a ban on women's entry to Sabarimala's Ayyappa Hindu temple | Getty Images

Not just a bar at Sabarimala, menstruation has got women ostracised & labelled witches

It may not be the primary argument, but the age bar at Sabarimala has often been justified as an attempt to keep out ‘impure’ menstruating women.
Iffat Omar

A Pakistani TV actor posted a picture with a pad and was attacked for being a bad Muslim

Some people were so infuriated that they threatened to have me thrown out of my country. I am a woman, and any issue related to my gender has no nationality.
Akshay Kumar holding a packet of sanitary napkins in a promotion for Padman

‘Padman’ has started a welcome conversation about periods, but don’t ignore the bad news

In a country notoriously tight-lipped about menstruation, the topic of sanitary napkins, menstrual hygiene, waste disposal and even the taxation of sanitary pads has suddenly gone mainstream.
Arunachalam Muruganantham, the entrepreneur on whom Padman is based.

Real ‘Padman’ hopes Akshay Kumar-starrer will help men understand menstruation

Social entrepreneur Arunachalam Muruganantham says the movie ‘Padman’ is getting more and more men to openly talk about women’s periods.
Central transfers can make up some, not all, of the inequality in India (Representational image) | PTI

India needs to fix the growing inequality between poorer east and richer south

Social sector spending by the poorer states remains lower than in the better-off ones. If they are to catch up, this is the opposite of what it should be.

Karnataka crisis: Can horse-trading be checked or should it be accepted as part of politics?

The Karnataka Congress called a legislature party meeting Friday to address the issue of horse trading in the state and put up a show of strength. The Congress ...