After gathering much courage, I went to see The Kashmir Files yesterday evening. I have read and heard the different narratives on Kashmir and Kashmiris, the strongest often coming from my alma mater, Jawaharlal Lal Nehru University. I am a … Continue reading The Kashmir Files: No easy answers
Women today constitute a significant and powerful force in Indian electoral politics. Compared to women turnout in the 2014 elections, which was 65.63%, in 2019, women voting percentage stood at around 68%, which almost equaled men. In spite of their … Continue reading Women Representation in Indian Politics: On the track but a long way to go
I was in Class 3 or 4 when Mandal Commission recommendations were accepted. My middle-class locality dominated by Punjabi and Banias was aghast when the then Prime Minister V.P.Singh announced reservations of government jobs based on caste and not on … Continue reading Yes Quota, No Quota
In the past few months, we have all seen countless weddings on screen and off screen. November- December is traditionally the wedding season in India. So from flamboyant Ambani’s, Deepika – Ranveer and Priyanka – Nick Jonas to pados wale … Continue reading Season of Politics arrives!
Finally, the #metoo movement, that has the potential to redraw the workplace equations between men and women reaches the entertainment industry and the media industry. Some big name and some not so big names have been accused of sexual harassment of varying nature. I am sad but not surprised to see the influential men being accused of sexual harassment of various kinds. They have used their position of power and influence to abuse their women co-workers be it their subordinates or peers. They have considered the women as mere bodies and as an object for their lust fulfilling purpose. The … Continue reading Pass on the Baton of #MeToo movement
This is a story of two political families, two daughters and their interfaith marriages and two different destinies. Like India and Pakistan, these two women share a common history but different destiny. August 1947 saw the birth of two independent nations, India and Pakistan. There were two leaders on both the sides, Nehru and Jinnah who had common political ambitions but different political strategy. Both the leaders also happened to be a father to a young and bright girl. The two leaders were destined to rule the newly formed countries and made full use of the opportunity that was bestowed … Continue reading Dina and Indira: Two different destinies