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By Mehernaz Patel: There was much trepidation on a late weeknight when I realized that the guilty pleasure of watching my cooking show had been compromised. Not because of the ...
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By Video Volunteers: An Anganwadi centre in Bihar has been running in a dilapidated state for 7 years. Every day, children sit beside crumbling walls, under a makeshift roof. The ...
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By Susmita Abani: So much blood, everywhere. It’s like the vivid red at the centre of our flag has seeped through to its four green corners representing what once was ...
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By Akhila Nagar: A famous anonymous quote often makes rounds whenever the issue of how children are placed in the ‘adult scheme of things’ comes up – “We do not ...
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By Utsarjana Mutsuddi: This is for: The 14-year-old boy who made me help him masturbate, when I was 6, because apparently there was no harm in it and I would forget ...
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By Lipi Mehta: On September 17, 2014, I read something that filled me with hope. A tweet from the Press Information Bureau of India stating that Maneka Gandhi, Minister of ...
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By Karthik Shankar: When Arun Jaitley gave his budget speech in the parliament, he brought a whole lot of cheer to the industry. The government’s budget has a host of ...
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By Reetika Subramanian: On a casual evening in Mankhurd’s Lallubhai Compound, the pavement separating the set of 65 buildings serves as a market for the residents and the tenants of ...
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By Jayaprakash Mishra: Why do we need LGBT support groups in educational institutions? In an anonymous letter published in The 5th Estate, a student from IIT Madras recounting his tale ...
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By Akhil Kumar: India is home to 1 in 3 child brides across the globe, and has the 3rd highest number of women married under 15 years of age! Many ...
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By Shruti Angiras: Desire is a strong sense of longing – a longing for a touch, for a person, for an object. It is also a topic often hushed up and ...
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By Akhila Nagar: What happens to the issues of women’s security when a Parliament with only 11% representation of women sits down to formulate the Union Budget? Nothing. While policy ...
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By Abhishek Jha: Some time ago – a month really – a professor in my department made a sexist remark in the class. He did it in a class where 75% ...
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By Shambhavi Saxena: The Modi-government’s Union Budget for the financial year 2015-16 has come under sharp criticism for being a “pro-corporate” (Sonia Gandhi) exercise in “dhanwapasi” (Jairam Ramesh), and for ...
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By Kavita Krishnan: The Railway Minister announced a move to install CCTV cameras in railway coaches and women’s coaches in suburban railways, ‘without compromising privacy’. Also, one of the election ...
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By Aditya Gupta: The increased spotlight on “women’s safety” is personally, and intellectually, very disturbing for me. I work on gender based violence prevention, and I’m one of the creators ...
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By Karthik Shankar: There was very little discussion about it, but February 26, 2015, was a landmark day for India as far as our freedom of speech is concerned. Yesterday was the last ...
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Submitted Anonymously: Menstruation was a very confusing experience for me when I was growing up. The reason I term it ‘confusing’ is because just after my menarche, my mother had ...
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By Shambhavi Saxena: In what comes as a shockingly regressive move, the budget for national rape crisis centres has been slashed from Rs 244.48 crore to Rs 18 crore, because ...
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By Karthik Shankar: Superstitions are so ingrained in our day to day life; we scarcely stop to even consider some of the mind-boggling stupid customs we kowtow to. My own ...
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By Shubham Choudhary: Dear molester cousin, Recently, I came to know that you have fathered a son. My heartiest congratulations to you and your family for getting a step ahead ...
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By Abhishek Jha: Preeti (name changed) is a student from the seventh grade. She is an eager student. But her father is ill and consequentially, her family is mired in ...

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