Feminism India


Motherland

Karolin Klüppel is a German photojournalist who extensively documents matrilineal and matriarchal tribes all around the world. My mother has the pleasure of belonging to one of the tribes Klüppel has photographed: the Khasis of Meghalaya. This article features some of the photos from her series on Khasi girls: Mädchenland (or ‘country of girls’ in English). For the uninitiated, Meghalaya is a state in northeast India. The Khasis are one of the three matrilineal tribes that live there, the other two being the Garo and Jaintia tribes. Since my mother is Khasi, I'll be writing only about them. Khasis (indeed all native northeast Indians) add diversity... read more »


Pro Life VS Pro Choice : Abortion laws for rape victims

The moral and ethical debate surrounding a woman’s right over her own body and the rights of an unborn baby has been playing out in various permutations and combinations throughout history. Like all issues, the question has taken religious and political notions with time. The question captured public imagination again with Arkansas bringing out an apparently Pro-life law that allows a woman’s husband to sue her if she gets an abortion even if it involves marital rape. The very right over one's own body has been taken away. The moment an individual’s right over the very basic physical existence is taken away, the... 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 »


To the girl whom I still love….

I can’t seem to forget you. The smile on your face, bringing out the warmth into your eyes, looks mesmerizing as always. I wanted to reach out and touch your face and hold it in the palm of my hands. But, like it was some forbidden fruit, I held back. I stole a quick glance at you when I thought you weren’t looking. I still can’t believe it. That I got to see you after all these years. You haven’t changed much. The glasses make you look smarter. When you touch the rim of your glasses and push them up on the... read more »


Dysmenorrhea - Such a pain!

Dysmenorrhea otherwise known as period cramps is a painful symptom experienced by some women during menstruation. Research indicates that nine out of ten women experience period pain, these can be of varying levels and due to various causes. Despite the high rate of prevalence, dysmenorrhea as a problem is not addressed. The silence associated with menstruation itself is extended to dysmenorrhea. Women often suffer in silence because of the social taboos associated with the same. Moreover, some medical professionals tend to dismiss it as regular and 'normal'. John Guillebaud, a professor of reproductive health at University College London, in an interview with Quartz Media shared how... read more »