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Bastar Needs You

Tribal women at Weekly Village Market of Farasgaon (Bastar)

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, …

A History of, and Response to, Disproportionate Violence

Soni Sori poster

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 …

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 …