Soni Sori

Tribal women at Weekly Village Market of Farasgaon (Bastar)
Agriculture
Democracy
Human rights

Bastar Needs You

Bastar. An abstract name of some strange place where there is Naxalism. And therefore a place to be avoided, to be dreaded and mostly ignored. Not a land of a people who love, have children, earn livelihoods, make houses, sing, dance and celebrate. Not a land of everyday interpersonal conflicts, a tiff with a neighbour, […]

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Democracy
Education
General
National
Politics & Political Commentary

A History of, and Response to, Disproportionate Violence

This post began life as an attempt to boost the response to the latest wave of targeted violence and/or State-sponsored suppression of civil liberties in Chhattisgarh. Even as I typed away, trying to summarize the ever-mounting brutality in that state, the news breaking from the University of Hyderabad took centre-stage. Every day this past week […]

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Detail from Cloister Conspiracy, a sculpture by Philip Jackson, pictured during his one man exhibition Sacred and Profane, at the Bishop's Palace in Wells, Somerset.
Media
Women's rights

The idiot proof guide to media justice for women’s rights

The best and most important learnings are best done from the mistakes of others. ~ Anonymous Detail from Cloister Conspiracy, a sculpture by Philip Jackson, pictured during his one man exhibition Sacred and Profane, at the Bishop’s Palace in Wells, Somerset. Considering how many women make mistakes getting justice for themselves, here are some quick […]

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Hindutva
Politics & Political Commentary
Radicalization

BJP accusations always come home to roost

BJP making ad hominem accusations is hardly a new thing. Anyone who opposes BJP is subject to vile and unsubstantiated accusations. Unsubstantiated, to non-BJP people, but perhaps in the eye of BJP, they are true when they evaluate people according to what they know as “truth”. When you show someone a scalpel, a barber may […]

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Democracy

LGBT rights and Womanifesto and Bubblegum Feminists

My rift with what passes off for the voice of Indian feminists in public space grows. This time, over reckless grandstanding with LGBT rights. It has come to my attention that India’s feminists have made LGBT rights an election issue. It is unclear how many of these feminists belong to the LGBT community (I don’t […]

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