A Narration of Police Brutality #UoH

The following is a first person account by Md Hasanujjaman, M Phil in English, University of Hyderabad of the brutality unleashed by the police against the students and faculty of University of Hyderabad. I am one of the arrested students in connection with the protest against the VC of UoH. I belong to a minority community of West Bengal. My family is financially backward. Here I would like to narrate the police brutality on me and my fellowvictims in police van…

"A Narration of Police Brutality #UoH"

Women’s rights and porn

Porn has come under extensive criticism from feminists as well. I find this scary. Accusations vary from porn resulting in rape to porn being born from an exploitation of women. I disagree with a lot of these accusations and agree with a few, but do not see blocking of porn as an answer. More importantly, I find it alarming that feminism can selectively abdicate interest in the agency of women. Who decides whether and what porn…

"Women’s rights and porn"

The difference between team selection and handouts

It is sad that this explanation is necessary, but with AAP vounteers cannibalizing the credibility of their own women leaders to somehow prove them not required in the cabinet, this post becomes necessary. To a bunch of people conditioned to respond to any issue of identity with assumptions of special favors and handouts, it may come as a surprise that when you speak of the top of an organization (which a government is), it is…

"The difference between team selection and handouts"

Open letter to Arvind Kejriwal

Dear Meritorious Chief Minister, Congratulations on the sweeping win of Aam Aadmi Party in the Delhi Assembly elections. As someone cheering the rise of the promise of more inclusive democracy in India, I have been following the story of Aam Aadmi Party since the beginning. Yesterday should have been a day of celebration. It was not. The reason is your all male cabinet. Worse, for all your claims of listening to the people and being accountable,…

"Open letter to Arvind Kejriwal"

India’s capital becomes a bastion of male power

The Aam Aadmi Party made a huge deal out of women’s safety. Women were among those campaigning for AAP on the streets. Taking out rallys. Yet the 46% of women voters are represented by less than 10% of MLAs and NO ONE in the cabinet – where most of the power of the government resides. This is not an accident. It is impossible that Arvind Kejriwal did not realize that there was no woman on his…

"India’s capital becomes a bastion of male power"

The electoral promise of bride trafficking

BJP leader OP Dhankar made a sensation when he promised the men of Haryana that if BJP came to power, it would get girls from Bihar for men in Haryana to marry. Finding women to marry is a big problem in Haryana with its bad and deteriorating sex ratio, with over a hundred and fifty less women per thousand men. It is hardly a secret that bride trafficking is one of the ways men in…

"The electoral promise of bride trafficking"