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a cartoon sketch of the yin and yang symbol

The Paradox of Principles

I do not feel the need to fight the feminist war within these spaces all the time, now that it has become my home. I have come to terms with the idea that certain contradictions can co-exist peacefully like the yin and yang. But still, sometimes, my mind is roiled in conflict, with me cautiously trying to balance my two identities – the feminist and the army officer’s wife. Nevertheless, I am unwilling to give up one for the other (even if I might be perceived as being less of one of them). So I continue to be an individual with two seeming contradictions: a feminist army-officer’s-wife!
सावित्रीबाई फुले का समाज से संघर्ष

उन्नीसवीं सदी का महाराष्ट्र और सावित्रीबाई फुले

आज के महाराष्ट्र में महिलाओं की स्थिति और उन्नीसवीं सदी की महिलाओं की स्थिति में बहुत अंतर है और इस अंतर के लिए, आज के महाराष्ट्र के लिए, और महिलाओं की आज की बेहतर स्थिति के लिए सावित्रीबाई फुले जैसे सामाजिक कार्यकर्ताओं का योगदान अतुलनीय है। सावित्रीबाई फुले के जन्मदिवस (३ जनवरी) के अवसर पर उनके योगदान को याद करते हुए लेखक ने उन्नीसवीं सदी के महाराष्ट्र और उसकी महिलाओं की स्थिति पर प्रकाश डाला है।
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Brushstrokes: Downloadable People’s Movements Posters by Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative

“We believe in the transformative power of personal expression in concert with collective action. To this end, we produce collective portfolios, contribute graphics to grassroots struggles for justice, work collaboratively both in- and outside the co-op, build large sculptural installations in galleries, and wheatpaste on the streets—all while offering each other daily support as allies and friends,” they say.
Illustration of a woman in a dance pose of stretching herself up effortlessly. Her one knee is bent up at 90 degree to the waist, chest pointing out, head thrown back downward, and the opposite side arm going up.

कल्पनाएँ – हमारा आनंद, हमारा मामला, हमारा अधिकार

जो वर्जित है उससे मन ही मन सोचकर ख़ुशी पाने के अलावा, यौन कल्पनाएँ हमें सुरक्षित रूप से खोज करने का और बिना किसी प्रतिबद्धता के, बिना किसी परिणाम की चिंता के, विभिन्न तरीकों से रहने और उनका आनंद लेने का मौका देती हैं। यह कुछ-कुछ ऐसा है जैसे हम बिना खाना बनाने की झंझट के, या बर्तन साफ़ करने या अपच और वज़न बढ़ने की चिंता के भी अपने मन की चीज़ खाने का मज़ा ले सकते है।
Silhouette of birds sitting on parallel wires.

Other Than Marriage and Blood

In the debates around the need to expand the rights that accrue through marriage to same-sex couples, what is often lost are the forms of legal recognition of relationships not in the nature of marriage or blood. As the nature of traditional relationships changes across India, with more people opting to live singly or with friends, we really need to begin thinking seriously about new forms of legal recognition.
Five transgender women dressed in colourful sarees, standing in the middle of the street.

I Column: Shades of Grey

Introduction: As this first-person account of Anita, a Devadasi in Maharashtra, Western India illustrates, issues of consent and violence/coercion cannot always be clearly demarcated as black and white. Anita’s account shows that there were definite instances of coercion in her life and equally, there were spaces where she was able to exercise her choice and…
An illustration of a boy facing a tiger, while they're both on a boat, with a quote from Life of Pi written above.

The Fearless Campaign

In India, we are constantly confronted by images of what Indian women should be. Goddess on walls portray the perfectly beautiful, extremely strong kind of woman. Then there’s the image that Bollywood projects; the coy sex-kitten who will act shy until you stalk the crap out of her, at which point she realizes she is…
An abstract drawing of a face, intertwined with different textures, animals like a bird and a snake, and trees.

Issue In Focus: Sexual Rights

It may be useful to visualize sexual rights as a large tree with deep roots and a vast canopy of leaves. Or as a giant umbrella. Or a big tent. Whatever tickles your imagination and allows you to see it as a conceptual and practical tool to make claims for any aspect that relates to…
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