• Gender Parity,  Popcorn Zone

    What is it that Men's Cricket has that Women's Cricket Doesn't

    As a child, I always thought the national sport of India was Cricket. There has always been a lot of pomp and show around the sport. So much so, for most of us cricket is an obsession. The sport has crept into our lives and made its presence so strong that almost all of us Indians live, eat and breathe the sport, irrespective of whether we are actually playing the…

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    The Curious Case of the Missing Girls

    “Munde Khet vich, Kudi ret visch… “- A boy is meant for the fields, a girl is for the sand. So goes a saying, in many remote parts of Punjab.  As I walked on the dusty road of Ratoke on a hot summer day, the grim reality of this saying hit me hard. The village of Ratoke, close to the Indo-Pak border, has an Average Sex Ratio of 840, far…

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    Pads Against Sexism

    The recent campaign in Jadavpur University, Kolkata, has caused quite a furor. It was the sanitary napkin campaign, in protest against India’s patriarchy and rape culture. A group of students calling themselves ‘Periods’ had messages written on sanitary napkins. These were then stuck on walls all across the campus. The scribbled messages were clear- to break society’s taboo on speaking about menstruation, bring about gender sensitization and the stigma of those…

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    Marital Rapes Still Not a Crime

    “Rape is the crime, typically committed by a man, of forcing another person to have sexual intercourse or any other form of sexual penetration with the offender against their will”. We generally associate this term when the man involved is a stranger. But what if it’s the person within the home, such as one’s spouse? Marital rape, the term used in such cases, is non-consensual sex in which the perpetrator is…

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    The True Meaning of Empowerment

    I met Krishnaveni at a construction site in Sulur, a sleepy yet vibrant town in Coimbatore. It was a hot afternoon, with a warm breeze swaying through the trees. In a small place such as this, I learnt the true meaning of women empowerment. Krishnaveni was married off at a tender age of 16 to James Raj. Her alcoholic father couldn’t afford to tend to her, so marriage seemed to…

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    Deepika Padukone’s My Choice- How much will seep through the masses?

    At a time when issues on women empowerment, sexual abuse, rape etc…are trending topics all over social media, a new video featuring Deepika Padukone has gone viral. The video has been made under the Vogue campaign on women empowerment by Homi Adajania on a script written by Kersi Khambatta. Along with Deepika, the film also features 99 women from all walks of life- celebrity hairstylist and business woman Adhuna Akhtar,…

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    India's Daughter- Can we give it a Chance?

    So the entire day, my office was abuzz with discussions on whether India’s Daughter, the documentary by Leslie Udwin should be banned or not. The documentary features the interview of Mukesh Singh, a key accused in the case. Mukesh is currently in Tihar Jail, awaiting his death sentence, which he has appealed against. In the interview, Mukesh apparently shows no remorse. He said: “A girl is far more responsible for…

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    The Vanishing Brides of Haryana

    “All names of people have been changed to protect their identity.” Rewari is a small district in the south of Haryana, around 50 odd kilometers away from the National Capital. I met Balbir Hooda and his wife Poonam Devi here. Richard and I were out on our weekly field trip when we met them. Courteous and extremely hospitable, the couple invited us over for lunch in their modest home, overlooking…