Feminism India

Navratri and the Female Divine

Navratri or Navarathri literally means 'nine nights' in Sanskrit. It is one of the most auspicious Hindu festivals in India. The festival Sharad Navratri is the most observed in the honor of the divine feminine Durga Devi. It is celebrated during the months of September and October. The legend goes that Mahishasur the demon who could change his form at will set out to capture the heavens with his huge army. Lord Indra led the battle on the Gods side and a mystical power named 'Durga' emerged out of it to destroy the demon. She destroyed Mahishasur, thus sustaining life. This female form of Shakti is... read more »

Unpaid Care Work -Who Cares For The Care Worker?

Rukmini is 38. Since the age of 19 when she was married, her day begins before dawn helping her aged mother-in-law to the outdoor toilet. Every day seems the same to her. Earlier she had to send her children to school now she sends them to college. Though she works from dawn to dusk, taking care of the household, her aged in-laws and children, she is often belittled by her husband and sisters-in-law for being ‘just a housewife’. Like Rukmini many unpaid care workers remain unacknowledged. Their invaluable contribution to the community remains unrecognised and undervalued. Unpaid care work includes those services and production of goods... read more »

"It's not my India!"

As he does in music, Rahman has with much brevity fleshed out and expressed his emotions over the killing of Gauri Lankesh. This is not about the ideological clashes and mud slinging that has been profusely diffused into the assassination. This isn’t about the glorifying or critiquing of her journalistic narrative and curve as an activist. This is merely about spelling out a basic inherent right guaranteed with our existence: Freedom. Shot dead in a land known for its independence, free will and liberty of state. It is an event of international shame with transnational players calling out to the institutions and more. Any incident... read more »

I am a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. This is my story.

I was 13. My mom had gotten me my first bra a month ago. I had my periods a total of 3 times. I was young and naive. I didn’t know there was such a thing as molestation or abuse. The only word I’ve heard of in that spectrum was rape, and my understanding of what qualifies as rape was very crude and vague. I was only a child. This is going to be long, be warned. I will tell you how it happened. Not because this will make a good story but because telling this story to the world may help me finally... read more »

How to Help an Anxious Mind

A typical day for me starts with snoozing my alarm for the nth time and finally waking up at the nick of time. Rushing through the morning routines and reaching office and then rushing through work. Then meeting my boyfriend and friends. Having dinner and going to sleep. This sounds perfectly okay. But, what you cannot see are the things that happened in between these things. Often times, we go through our daily routine without noticing the lives of other people. We think we are the protagonist in our life story. Well, we are. But, do we stop to think what role we play in another... read more »