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Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone in '83' | Deepika Padukone/Facebook

Dear Deepika, mothers & wives who put family’s dreams first deserve an apology not an ode

For a long time, I couldn’t accept my mother’s decision to not work. Now I accept and defend her life choice, not glorify it as an ideal as Bollywood does.
Women in India's IT workforce

Indian IT industry attracts more women, but many exit within first 5 years in the job

In 'Women in Science and Technology', Namrata Gupta explains how women in the Indian IT industry are victims of pay gap, career stagnation & other inequalities.
Indian Army (representational image) | Photo: PTI

SSC women Army officers don’t want ‘freebies’, say fight is for parity not pension

This week, the Army said it is agreeable to pension for the litigants, but not granting permanent commission. Women officers say they will continue to fight.
Representational image of female officers in Indian navy | YouTube

Women in combat roles: India can romanticise it but here’s why we are not ready yet

One gives the example of US and Israel armies. But even their forces don’t deploy women in direct infantry combat.
Joshua Reynolds | George Clive and his Family with an Indian worker | Wikimedia Commons

Manuals for European women, satires, paintings: How British Raj depicted Indian workers

European women residing in India wrote several ‘housewives’ manuals for newcomers. One section specifically focussed on the dos and don’ts with regard to ‘servants’.
Members of junior Indian women's hockey team celebrate their win against New Zealand | Twitter

India defeat New Zealand 4-1 in 3-nation women’s junior hockey tournament

India is playing the 3-Nations Tournament at Canberra and will compete against home team Australia Sunday.
Villager working as manual labourers | Flickr

Coping with climate change harder for marginalised women, says study

Researchers examine women's ability to adapt effectively to climate change, drawing on data from 25 case studies across Asia & Africa.
File photo | Deepika Padukone | Facebook/DeepikaPadukone

Deepika Padukone is set to play Draupadi, India’s first superwoman & #MeToo warrior

Deepika Padukone's Draupadi will be a two-part film and give women the Baahubali they want.
A woman in New Delhi | Representational image | PTI

Muslim women enjoyed greater freedom during Delhi Sultanate and Mughal rule than now

Many royal women were known to have built imperial mosques; many mosques, from Delhi to Bengal, had sections reserved for women to come and pray.
Project Streedhan | Youtube still

This ad wants women to take care of their health, but not everyone is buying it

An advertisement raising awareness on anaemia in women drew some flak for the visual focus on the women and their clothing.

On Camera

A pedestrian crosses a nearly empty street in the Times Square neighborhood of New York, US | Bloomberg

We must not return to work for now. Covid’s not over yet, says a virologist in letter to son

If everyone goes back to work as soon as the ‘curve bends downwards’, it's guaranteed you'll get a second wave of infections in Europe.

Is forcing private labs to make Covid-19 tests free the only way to stop spread of infection?

The Supreme Court directed the central government to make Covid-19 testing by private laboratories free of charge Wednesday.

Defence

Col Navjot Singh Bal | special arrangement

Col Navjot Singh Bal, Shaurya Chakra awardee and icon for many, loses battle with cancer

Despite losing an arm to cancer, Col Navjot Singh Bal continued to serve in 2 Para as the commanding officer and even learnt to fire with his left hand.

Poke fun at taali, thaali, diya and mombatti all you want. Modi couldn’t care less

Modi knows who he needs to speak to, who he should toss, who he can address in kind. People accuse him of infantilising his voters, but it’s a winning strategy.