The Bollywood Hypocrisy Around Women Rights

A couple of weeks prior to Women’s Day, a documentary based on a women’s vigilante group, The Gulaabi Gang, was released in India. The production of this documentary started in 2009, after the director Nishtha Jain, met the organization’s leader Sampat Pal Devi. She has been a champion of women’s rights for decades. She has fought against child marriage, the …

Feminism Where Did it Go Wrong?

A few days ago, I was talking to a friend of mine who is a successful financial advisor. Our conversation began with the usual pleasantries – work, families and friends – and proceeded as always towards complaints. We always complain about the same things; about how tough it is to feel like a minority, about how men always treat us …

Only Beauty, No Brains: How Gender Stereotypes View Women?

Music has the ability to transcend boundaries and connect people and identities. It’s thus surprising that in the most melodious times, we manage to not only find disparities, but also the means of incessant debate and outrage. This month, popular singer Palash Sen belted out more than just music at the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai’s college festival. A lot …

The Blatant Unfairness of Gender Testing

Sports, one would think, is a lot about fair play, team work, respect, acknowledgment and appreciation of the worthy. Everyone gets a chance to race for the ribbon in their own track and space. While you give it your all, you don’t hog, manipulate, or take away from other people’s achievements. At least, not in an ideal world. But in …

Safety Tips for Women in India: A Quick Video

INTRODUCTION Let me introduce you to Maura Barclay. She is a certified self-defense instructor, martial artist and the founder of Unbreakable Woman, a compassionate self-defense and empowerment program, which helps women and girls become more confident and stand up for themselves. I recently reached out to her and asked her if she had heard about the rash of violence against …

Raising a Good Man

The instant you look into your new-born son’s eyes you know that every hope you have for his future depends upon what you do from that moment on. A boy’s mother always wonders whether he will grow up to be a caring, confident, responsible man who respects women; but to raise boys who respect women means teaching them a lot …

The Internet: A New Tool of Feminism?

Cyber has become a common prefix in the last decade. Cybershopping, cyberbanking, cyberpunk, cyberbullying; the list of cyber prefixed words is never-ending. Ever heard of feminism on Internet?  It is called cyberfeminism. Feminists across the world have used blogs, websites, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and many more such portals to disseminate their ideas and opinions. The information shared across the Internet …

Harassed on a Train… What Do You Do?

This is the kind of story that does not make headlines in newspapers, but is true. It is the kind that may not be discussed too often, but is experienced by most women in India. It was a bright Tuesday afternoon and Priti was on her way home from her class. She enjoyed taking the train home, so as always …