Objectification and Sexism in Bollywood – The Bollywood Diva Song

Soon the viral video ‘The Bollywood Diva Song’ starring Kangana Ranaut was released, the video gained widespread attention for a number of different reasons. And one of them was the highlighting of the rampant sexism and objectification in Bollywood. Let’s discuss this in the context of the video briefly. The whole mock dance number shows the stereotypical way in which female …

Visibly Invisible: India’s Human Trafficking Victims

  Human Trafficking in India produces invisible victims that hide in plain sight!  As I was strolling down Calcutta’s streets, I stumbled upon the above graffiti. Usually, a typical Calcutta graffiti is about a political organisation. Comically, a few centimetres away from one political graffiti, is that of an opposing political group. So naturally, in the sea of politics, my eyes caught sight …

Campus Safety – Back to School & Back to Safety

  Students need better access to resources to improve campus safety! Campus safety is an issue that people of all genders and ages on campus should consider. Many college students recently started classes. Returning to classes means that students have to consider their safety once again. Because campus safety is an issue that affects everyone, campuses everywhere should place more importance …

Child Slavery and Labor… How It Affects Girls

Child Slavery is an ongoing issue that must be stopped! What comes to mind when you think of slavery? For many of us, it seems like a dated concept. Many don’t think slavery exists. It does, and child slavery is a widespread issue, especially for girls. What are some examples of child slavery? Children used for profit in industries such as …

When Blind Faith Met Tradition: Triple Talaq

 Welcoming the Supreme Court’s verdict on Triple Talaq with a pinch of salt… Imagine living in an unstable house on the verge of collapse. Shaky roofs and wobbly floors tending towards a total demolishment. Scary, am I right? Now, revel in your privilege of merely having to imagine such a scenario. Thousands of Indian Muslim women for years having been living this nightmare. …

India’s Rape Laws – Are they rigid enough?

Rape is a controversial topic. Especially so in India, which has experienced several horrific and high profile cases in recent years. Such cases include that of a gang rape of a 23-year-old student on a public bus in Delhi in 2012. This case and subsequent ones prompted a revision of sections in Indian law that deal with rape and sexual …

Your Workplace – A man’s World?

“The Man’s World” and Workplace Sexual Harassment of Women go hand in hand!  James Brown, the renowned singer has sung – “This is a man’s world. But it wouldn’t be nothing without a woman or a girl.” Going into a generic workplace, you will see men filling up most of the office space. Additionally, you will see most of the higher posts …