We could not have asked for a more exciting 2017! From thousands of people publishing their stories on the platform, to these stories leading to real-world impact, YKA’s users have been at the center of it all!
As we gear up for a better 2018, here are the users that brought forward some of the most powerful stories and experiences on YKA in 2017. These extraordinary people just like you continue using the platform to speak up on things that matter:
The PM gave people with disability a new ‘label’, but who will pay attention to what they really need?
Revisiting cinema that shares more than just a story.
In a country obsessed with cricket, Savio reveals the harsh reality faced by national-level athletes.
Women in India are still trapped by period stigma, Prerna tells us how much worse it is for girls from small towns.
Was Mangal Pandey the first man to revolt against British only to overshadow a tribal leader’s struggle?
The ‘shocking’ truth in a country that pretends Indian women don’t have any sexual urges.
One of YKA’s most active users brings us a reality we see every day but never really acknowledge.
In Bihar, arranged marriage is another grilling interview that will judge you for everything – from your cooking skills to your salary.
The importance of fighting an oppressive caste structure that goes against the foundation of Islam.
It isn’t just one community, religion, or caste. It’s an angered mob that refuses to listen to any reasoning and only calms down with blood on its hands.
A fresh perspective at ‘Ram’ – a name used to absolve the sins of the dead, and as a convenient excuse to kill.
A quick tour of the quirky toilet museum and how the world takes a dump!
In a year that’s been full of online hate, a powerful example of how to engage with trolls in a rational and logical manner.
A shameful reminder of how sexual harassment is normalised, but also a powerful example of what it means to speak up.
A sharp commentary on how we’re fine with item numbers, and making Sunny Leone a top-rated adult film actor, but not a human being.
Inspiring stories of Indian changemakers who are bringing a positive change to thousands of lives.
While those in power are ignoring climate change, Kumar brings us the reality of how it’s affecting our lives every day.
The stigma around divorce forces many to remain trapped in bad marriages. Harish spells out just how both men and women are stereotyped after divorce.
When those who sexually harass women read about the rise in rapes and sexual violence in the country, what do they think?
In the much debated Kangana-Hrithik media debacle, a voice of reason that stands out from the rest.
A strong narrative on drug addiction and how it can affect anyone. Adding gender-based stigma to it only makes things worse.
An honest account of how even the LGBTQ+ community is not immune to discrimination.
In a 5-part series, an in-depth analysis of the Sachar Committee report on the economic, social and political status of Muslims in India.
The dangers of questioning religion at a time when it could get you killed.
Providing a gripping first hand account of the day that triggered the 2002 Gujarat riots.
Breaking the age-old stigma around women’s sexuality in a tell-all survey!
Throughout Pride Month, this power user brought to us touching stories of coming out and what it means in the times of Section 377.
Breathing in life to YKA’s sports section with unique stories and reportage.
Reminding everyone that it’s 2017, and there’s no place for body shaming.
In light of the violence that broke out following Baba Ram Rahim’s arrest, an important analysis of the hold self-styled people of God have in the country.
On the ridiculous need of the media to chase breaking news and passing unrequired verdicts.
A reminder of how speaking up against sexual violence can lead to real change.
The combination of stigma and discrimination around HIV/AIDS, creates a dangerous opinion (or fear) in one segment of society which ends up affecting the survival of others.
An important look at century-old superstitions that still hold a dangerous power on a massive number of Indians.
While the media ran after Baba Ram Rahim’s arrest and Padmavati, Sumantra revealed the plight of farmers across India who are still being ignored by the government.
We are extremely grateful to have you as part of our community. And in 2018, we hope to see you publish even more powerful stories on the Youth Ki Awaaz platform!