Just another post about the Abused Goddesses Campaign

The Abused Goddesses Campaign is creating waves ,  raising hackles (best exemplified by recent posts from Nisha Susan, Brinda Bose and Sayantani Dasgupta). Created by an advertising agency, Taproot, the campaign uses the images of (models dressed as) popular and much-loved Indian goddesses bearing the most telling signs of mortality – pain and hurt – […]

Sharing the Urban by Gautam Bhan

“Sexual violence then becomes one particular expression of a broader structure of violence, amplified by other entitlements of class, wealth, institutional authority, religion, caste, ability, sexuality and gender. In such a context, our understanding of and responses to sexual violence must broaden. The lack of safety for women on a city bus must not be […]

New writing

I’m asking friends, peers and others to contribute new writing. Some themes include: Shadowboxing: the struggle with language How to write about violence / writing about violence The minotaur in the maze : looking inside the law The feminists go swimming: notes on living politics On masculinities. Watch this space! And let me know if […]

Counting change

numbers of small car sales, and profiles of buyers numbers of new private taxi companies in the city and data about their customer profiles numbers of mapping projects for women to record where they experienced violence pepper spray sales numbers of people on different streets across Delhi who can remember the police emergency helpline number […]

Going global

Facebook tells me an old acquaintance, an actress, is in London as part of the cast of Nirbhaya, a play written by South African playwright, Yael Farber, about the Delhi gang-rape and other stories of sexual violence. A common friend leaves a comment on the post about the performance, something like: “I have witnessed and […]