Important Readings on The Jallikattu Ban

My Facebook post on 14th January Now regarding this Jallikattu ban, I don’t care if it’s your tradition religion sport or whatever, you just need to tone down your aggressive demands for this hypermasculine violent culture in which women have absolutely no participation. Each and every image of Jallikattu I have ever seen is about men, unbelievably large crowds of men torturing a bull. What on earth are we celebrating? If this is the sum total of your identity and culture then you need to rethink. Why such an exclusively male culture? Where are the women? Oh I know they … Continue reading Important Readings on The Jallikattu Ban

The News Sucks And There’s a Femicide in Guatamela

Hello people. A confession, the staying off Facebook / Twitter didn’t really work. Social media platforms are no longer just places to share your thoughts but also to seek information and exchange ideas. This bit was missing when we first started blogging. Back then it was only about sharing. So that’s a learning from this experiment. But the sad part is that the news we are accessing on social media is like not even like .1% of the world. I looked up popular news website, NDTV, TOI, BBC, Guardian.co.UK and you know what i found? Everywhere there are only the same 3-4 … Continue reading The News Sucks And There’s a Femicide in Guatamela

Bharat Mata and Britannia - Embodiment of Nation

Why Every Feminist Should Refuse to Say Bharat Mata Ki Jai

Hyper sexualized images of women in Bollywood item numbers strip them off their identity and reduce them to object of sexual gratification. The image of ‘Bharat Mata’ does exactly the same for the nationalist or patriotic gratification of its citizens. Continue reading Why Every Feminist Should Refuse to Say Bharat Mata Ki Jai

Porn ban in India – mainstreaming of women’s lack of sexual agency

Approximately 800+ pornographic websites suddenly went off the internet in India. There were no prior announcement, discussion, no legal basis to the decision. But that’s not to say it is entirely thoughtless, hell no. The great thought behind is that a ban on porn is going to put an end to rapes in this country.Versace--woman and naked man--various women's 90s

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What India should learn from the tragedy in Peshawar, Pakistan

Ever since the massacre in Peshawar broke, I have been expressing these scattered thoughts that I am going to pen down here, through various social media spaces. Now someone more intelligent at Firstpost said the same thing, and I hope the BJP supporters and Modi Bhaks would take it seriously before it is too late. Continue reading “What India should learn from the tragedy in Peshawar, Pakistan”

People of Haryana stand united against girl power

The stories and videos turning the Rothak sisters who fought back in the bus are quite hilarious shows…! Men in Haryana are now scared to go to college because of two girls…Wow! People of Haryana did a great job of uniting against girl power, how could they have risked their son’s future by allowing some girls become heros by fighting back. Imagine the message that would have sent to other girls in this state which is no less than a safe haven for women. Girl power is the common enemy they must fight together. No wonder they have come together … Continue reading People of Haryana stand united against girl power

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Hybrid Gods in Greek, Roman civilization also by plastic surgeons in ancient India?

Indian Prime Minister recently claimed that in ancient times there must have been a plastic surgeon who fixed elephant head on human body and thus Lord Ganesha was created. By that logic, all such hybrid creatures worshiped as Gods in various other civilizations like Greek, Roman and Egyptian are also results of plastic surgeries. Does that mean all civilizations had equally advanced technology? Or did they come to India to get surgeries done? Continue reading Hybrid Gods in Greek, Roman civilization also by plastic surgeons in ancient India?

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Kailash Satyarthi didn’t blow his own trumpet that’s why media doesn’t know him

A journalist called asking if Dr. T is in office. I said, “no he is traveling, would be available only by 16th.”

“Oh, but I wanted to ask him if he has Kailash Satyarthi’s number.”

I didn’t get the name at first go. “Kailash who?” I asked.

Kailash Satyarthi,” he replied.

Is he someone known to Dr. T? I mean what’s the connection?

No, he is this child right activist who got the Nobel Peace Prize. I thought Dr. T might have his number.

Oh, ok. I am not sure, but I’d check with his PA and let you know.” I said and hung up. Continue reading “Kailash Satyarthi didn’t blow his own trumpet that’s why media doesn’t know him”

NDA govt to dilute environment rules to promote industries

Environment rules to be diluted by NDA govt and dissenting voices of civil societies likely to be crushed

News is in that NDA govt is going to dilute the environment rules for projects and in another news, foreign aided NGOs are being labelled as anti development. At one hand govt is likely to flout environment laws to promote industry and on the other hand they are likely to silence any protests by civil societies. What would be the impact of these two news read together on the India’s environment? Continue reading Environment rules to be diluted by NDA govt and dissenting voices of civil societies likely to be crushed

I survived rape

Shashi Tharoor is right – Reveal rape victim’s name – Kudos to girl’s family for agreeing

Let’s admit there is a discomfort in the word ‘RAPE.’ Often during light coffee table discussions we would not even utter the word and instead would convey what we mean by gestures or by typing special characters. To me the discomfort is to such an extent that I was seriously pained by the famous ‘balatkar pe balatkar‘ scene from 3 Idiots. Continue reading “Shashi Tharoor is right – Reveal rape victim’s name – Kudos to girl’s family for agreeing”

I survived rape

That’s it, she died – but did I survive the rape?

The Delhi gang rape victim died in Singapore Hospital. She had one life, just one and now its lost. We can keep talking about rape and justice, means and methods, causes and reforms but for her and her family its ‘The End’ Continue reading “That’s it, she died – but did I survive the rape?”

Drunk driving accident by a woman: changing face of urban Indian women?

I used to earlier vehemently protest every time my male friends made fun of women driving. There were always these popular sexist jokes on how women cannot drive and I always hated them. My argument have been, if women were bad drivers, how come we never hear a woman doing rash driving or drunk driving and killing people. We heard so many of these hit and run cases in Mumbai and Delhi but none of them were by a woman. Well now one girl has done that. Times Now reports A drunk woman, driving a Honda CRV rammed first into … Continue reading Drunk driving accident by a woman: changing face of urban Indian women?

Prof Sabharwal’s attackers set free, women made to go through virginity test and more news

Pause for a while, take a moment, spend it in mourning for all that is dead, dying and will die. Death of the faith in justice system, of women’s rights, of the many helpless innocents killed at work or leisure…So many death and so many killers walking free.

All 6 accused in the Prof Sabharwal murder case were set free by a Nagpur Court today. The accused who were ABVP (students wing of BJP) activists had allegedly attacked and beaten Prof Sabharwal outside the Madhav College in Ujjain 3 years ago. [Source] The entire nation had watched the disturbing brutality, a wounded unconscious Prof, the “guru brahma guru vishnu guru devo maheshwara” being carried inside an ambulance. Broad day light 100s of on lookers. Yet they couldn’t find one witness to make a strong prosecution.

Today the Court noted the prosecution has failed to prove the charges and aquitted all the accused. So did no body kill him? Did Prof Sabharwal die a natural death? How will it feel if tomorrow the Court says “the prosecution has failed to prove the charges” and sets free Ajmal Kasab.

BJP is now seeing this as a moral victory. They were seen shouting slogans outside the Court today. On CNN IBN a BJP spokesperson said, “We always had faith in judiciary and that faith has been restored. Truth has won.”

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History is created today, Delhi High Court rules being Gay is no longer a crime in India

Writing this in hurry, couldn’t have waited. History have been created today in India, this morning Delhi High Court gave its judgment on the petition filed by Naz Foundation challenging the constitutionality of Section 377 of IPC which criminalizes all acts of oral and anal sex between individuals irrespective of age and consent. High Court ruled in favour of the petition and said, We declare that Section 377 IPC, insofar it criminalises consensual sexual acts of adults in private, is violative of Articles 21, 14 and 15 of the Constitution. The provisions of Section 377 IPC will continue to govern … Continue reading History is created today, Delhi High Court rules being Gay is no longer a crime in India

Who would you believe: Sri Lankan Government, Survivors, LTTE insiders?

It is becoming increasingly difficult to ascertain the ground reality of the LTTE v. SL Army situation in the Northern part of Sri Lanka. The truth is hard to find and even harder it is to believe what they claim to be true. While the Sri Lankan government claims they have stopped using air strikes and heavy weapons against the LTTE, a young Tamilian girl who survived the conflict in the island nation says the war is still on and adds that LTTE chief V Prabhakaran is a hero. She says the ceasefire is a myth, the SL Government is … Continue reading Who would you believe: Sri Lankan Government, Survivors, LTTE insiders?

Justice Katju’s remark equating bearded muslim with Talibans

So most of you already know the news. This high school kid Salim kept a beard in a convent school, school authorities didn’t appreciate. The kid sued the school. I don’t know if it was his own idea to go as far as Supreme Court for this mere cause of keeping beard or was it his parents or some religious leader in his neighborhood. It surprises me a bit that a school going kid would fight it all the way to have a beard of all the things. I mean beard, french beard, go-tee, clean shave, short hair, long hair, spiked hair, mohawk cut, hairy chest, waxed chest, hair on your eyebrows and upper lips are all parts of grooming and glamorising yourself I thought. Continue reading “Justice Katju’s remark equating bearded muslim with Talibans”

Live Blog:The Gandhi Auction, Vijay Mallya saved nation’s father from going to foreign hands

Sanjukta Basu Live Blogging: the best in India

Blogging this as I watch this story closely on CNN IBN: *Satire alert*

12 am – This whole Gandhi Auction issue is such a ridiculous waste of national time and resources. We are such losers. Much like the screen Gandhi of Lage Raho Munnabhai, Gandhiji’s soul must have woken up with a startle with so much noise around his name and reading all about the issue he must be saying, “guys stop this drama, like you ever cared for anything I stood for. All you people ever did since the time I have been dead is to freeze me in various forms- statues, frames, trays, showcases, now what is the big deal if an American does the same?”

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Hampi Hampered by Ms. President

A friend called me up and said, “I want you to write about something. You said you write for mutiny, please write about this issue.” Wow! I thought. People call me up to write about important issues. So I asked him what was the issue. He said, President of India visited Hampi last week. For security reasons, the entire city was shut down for the whole week, it was evacuated of all tourists and monkeys. All shops were closed and no hotels lodges were allowed to keep visitors. His concern was that Hampi is a small place, the only source … Continue reading Hampi Hampered by Ms. President

Future of New Media

The writer’s strike might end by Sunday. A bright future of new media ahead. Apparently, the new tentative agreement assures writers that it “protects a future in which the Internet becomes the primary means of both content creation and delivery.” That’s a major victory for new media stake holders. The end of the strike will also bring relief to thousands of workers and support businesses idled by the strike. In the new contract the heads under which new media / internet content is being recognized and paid for are as follows: Creators of original new media material Internet Residuals The … Continue reading Future of New Media

Opinionated

Remo speaks on national television (Times Now), about politicians of not just Goa but every politicians in India, “Politicians are not administrators, they are thieves, they join politics to make money, they have no respect for law and order, they do not even abide by what the Supreme Court orders. Law and police are in their pockets, there is no solution to their greed but to just shoot them down like mad dogs. But I can’t do that, I am not a criminal, I would probably just be out of this place someday.” [Some interruptions from the anchor here and … Continue reading Opinionated

Sena resurrected Adolf Hitler?

Just why is it such a big news that Aamir Khan’s Taare Zameen Par made L.K Advani cry. In fact the news of Aamir holding a special screening for Advani in New Delhi in itself was in headlines a day before. Obviously this fuss is because of Aamir’s continuous support to the Narmada Bachao Andolan and his repetitive refusal to apologise to Sangh Parivar. Imagine how feeble our secularism is. So this guy liked TZP, he obviously would, it’s a classic, what’s the big deal? The deal is, that because Aamir has a certain political stand (and is also a Muslim?) … Continue reading Sena resurrected Adolf Hitler?

Taslima Nasreen attacked, what a shame

Tasleema Nasreen, a celebrated author, a woman, a guest of the nation, physically attacked, manhandled by Muslim MLAs at a Book Launch, in the name of protecting Islam. And there would be no nation wide condemnation of the act, there would be no candle light march, those MFers won’t be punished, and they say Sanjay Dutt and the likes are threat to the nation. And we continue to have no shame. Continue reading Taslima Nasreen attacked, what a shame

My write up for Bribe Delhi website

“Sab log dhyan se suniye, abhi aapko Room No. *** mein jaana hai. Wahan aapko ek written test dena hoga. 20 questions hoga sab ke char answer honge, teen galat ek sahi. Aap wahan jaayenge hamara pen dikhayenge, Aapko question bilkul nahi padna hai, kisi bhi ek option pe tick maarna hai. I repeat, quetions padke time waste mat kariye aapke peeche aur bhi log honge isliye jaldi se pen dikhaiyee, 18 question pe tick maarke jaakar bus mein baith jayenge. Shaam ko hamare office se learner license collect kar lena.” Check out my latest post on the Community BLOG … Continue reading My write up for Bribe Delhi website