Questioning the sex ratio and reflexive assumptions: India census 2011

Our gender ratio is now 912 female kids to every 1000 male. Female foeticide is a bitch. No pun intended. Sex abortions are illegal in India. I am totally against them, though my views about making a law of it are not kind. However, has there been any research to rule out other factors? Say, the possibility of medical/changing genetics related factors? Female foeticide is essentially a private crime, so its difficult to know if…

"Questioning the sex ratio and reflexive assumptions: India census 2011"

Women's restaurants in Afghanistan

Here’s a treat for those of you who have been following this Afghan Life series, which almost seems to be turning into an Afghan women series as well. Here’s a video from an innovative idea – restaurants for women, by women. It is difficult for women to eat with the veil, and it can be difficult for women to eat out in general in a society given to the purdah. But necessity being the mother…

"Women's restaurants in Afghanistan"

The dream of Afghan Girls : Afghan Life

A second post by Gity Yousafi of Herat, Afghanistan, where she looks at the condition of women in Afghanistan through the lens of a young girl and describes their dreams and how things should be. As an Afghan girl my dream is that the women of Afghanistan have a secure country and be free to learn, to improve and have equal right. Unfortunately most of them are illiterate and they don’t know about their right,…

"The dream of Afghan Girls : Afghan Life"

Condition of Women in Afghanistan : Afghan Life

This is the new instalment in the Afghan life series by Gity Yosufi from Herat in Afghanistan. It brings a look into the difficulties faced by Afghan women in practical, day to day life. The conditions of Afghans women are very bad, after Talliban time the women could be relive again and took their freedom and right, but these freedoms are limited by their families and their society. Their fathers, brothers and husbands control them…

"Condition of Women in Afghanistan : Afghan Life"

Deconstructing Kashmir's heroes

Please note: This article is specifically about the human rights abuses and rapes in Kashmir as distinct from the larger conflict around Kashmir. I see them as victims of crime, and collecting their suffering for the purpose of a political struggle is putting it on indefinite hold till the political issue is resolved. Yet another string in a deliberately obfuscated dialogue. Today I finally lost it after hearing for the nth time about the sacrifice…

"Deconstructing Kashmir's heroes"

How much money would it take to end world hunger? World Poverty?

Those who can not only get richer, but fleece the poor to get richer. It is like the curse of globalization. To become an international figure is the new vanity, and that needs a heck of a lot of money. Or perhaps it is simply human nature. I had written earlier about the scams coming out of the woodwork. It seems that the political leadership of our country doesn’t have any moral authority to remain,…

"How much money would it take to end world hunger? World Poverty?"