Feminism India

The Women Who Shaped India

As India celebrates 70 years of independence today, we at Feminism India want to celebrate some of the iconic yet less represented women who helped shape our great nation. Each member of our team has individually contributed to this piece and we're proud to present to you this list of great women who were born between 1577 and 1915. Nur Jahan: A brilliant strategist, architect, diplomat and one of the sharpest minds in Indian history - this describes empress Nur Jahan best. But she has gone down in history as a manipulative and power hungry woman who made ambition seem toxic. Yet it is impossible to... read more »

Priyanka Madan on Burning the Candle at Both Ends

Priyanka Madan is a lawyer in London. She's been mostly independent from the age of 16 when she landed a scholarship to finish high school in Singapore. She returned to India after forgoing the initial plan of pursuing engineering to become a lawyer. In 2015, Priyanka graduated from the National Law School, Bangalore, and in 2016, she joined her first job as a corporate lawyer in London. It all sounds easy when you say it like that, but only she can tell you about all the hard work that went into how she got to where she is. On our podcast, Desi Outsiders, Meenal and I... read more »


Episode 1 of our podcast - “What marriage, now?” - was our attempt to summarise the marriage situation in India, specifically when it comes to the shit-storm that youngsters in our country have to navigate the minute they introduce their girlfriends/boyfriends to their families. We discussed how we felt that religion was usually the biggest barrier when it came to marrying someone of your choice, followed by caste and community. However, if you’ve listened to the episode, you might remember that we mentioned another little point about “numbers” in passing, but couldn’t dwell on it too much due to the simple technicality of... read more »

My Story: I was groped in a crowd

On New Year's Eve of 2016, I was roaming around Princes Street in Edinburgh with tickets to participate in the annual Hogmanay celebration. The Hogmanay is Scotland’s oldest New Year’s tradition and in Edinburgh, we welcome the New Year with a fireworks display from the foot of the Edinburgh Castle. I was at the venue by 9 p.m and was treating myself to food and drinks, as very drunk passers-by wished both me and my husband a happy New Year. People cracked jokes, sang songs, danced and hugged random strangers while they waited for the fireworks. You will come across all kinds of... read more »

Who else has a weird period story?

Happy Wednesday, everyone! It feels great to address you guys once again on the day before the release of our next episode. There has been a gap of two weeks since we last interacted and before I even think of moving on to more serious topics, I should address why I didn’t turn up as promised last week. Wait. I feel ashamed for having implied that my reason for not showing up was not “serious” enough. Because what I’m about to tell you is of utmost importance to me and through this piece, I hope to communicate with at least a small subset of... read more »