“Lipstick Under My Burkha” too “Lady-oriented” for Bollywood

February 26, 2017

Today in sexism. Prakash Jha’s movie, “Lipstick Under My Burkha” was denied certification by India’s censor board, the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), for being “lady-oriented.” The censor board accused the movie of being sexually graphic and “a bit of sensitive to one particular section of society.” The movie centers on the lives of four … Read More

The Sahaj International School in Kerala is the First to Invite Trans Students

January 11, 2017

It accepts students who want to continue their education. The Sahaj International School, which opened at the beginning of the year, is the first of its kind — it is the only school in India which is run by and enrolls transgender citizens. The Kochi school, located in the Southern state of Kerala, opened with six students. … Read More

Solid Walls: Portraying Power in Artistic Depictions of the Red Fort

March 6, 2016

The Red Fort of Shahjahanabad in Delhi is a monumental addition to the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan’s already impressive architectural legacy. However, as opposed to a structure like Shah Jahan’s Taj Mahal, the Red Fort was intended to be lived-in architecture. The Fort’s existence, stretching from the height of Mughal power through its decline, the … Read More

How to Be a Muslim in India

October 26, 2015

On the evening of September 28, in the village of Bishara in Dadri, UP, India, an urgent announcement rung out from the thresholds of the Shiv temple, commanding the attention of a crowd of attendees. There was troubling news to report: a Muslim had been seen carrying bags containing beef to their home. It did … Read More

From Delhi to Kasur, The Real Sexual Revolution

August 11, 2015

Dawn, a news outlet in Pakistan, reported recently that more than 400 videos depicting the rape, assault, and molestation of over 280 Pakistani children were found being sold to porn sites around the world. And though their original article came out early July, it only picked up momentum last week when journalists and Pakistani citizens … Read More

On Barkha Dutt, Statistics and Distraction

May 1, 2015

Barka Dutt, a popular Indian news anchor for NDTV, recently attended a panel hosted by CBS This Morning at the Women in the World Summit in New York City. Her remarks clarified the concept of India as an unsafe country for women as she vehemently defended that her nation does not deserved to be tarnished … Read More

On India’s Daughter

March 6, 2015

Earlier this week BBC released Leslee Udwin’s documentary ‘India’s Daughter: the Story of Jyoti Singh’ as a part of their Storyville series. This film, which navigates the choppy waters of the Delhi Gang Rape from December 2012, was banned from being shown in India. It is the first time a filmmaker has revisited the event, … Read More

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