A short response to Nivedita Menon’s blog on Raya Sarkar’s List

This is my shortest blog post ever. It is also very late. The reason why I am posting it is because my comment on the Kafila blog (of which renown Savarna feminist Professor Nivedita Menon is a member and co-Founder) is waiting for moderation - and I have doubts on whether it will be posted…Read more A short response to Nivedita Menon’s blog on Raya Sarkar’s List

Liberals and the complicity in casteism – Part 2

This is a continuation of my rant about the casual casteism of liberals from Part 1 https://ashwinkumar1989.online/2017/12/12/liberals-and-the-complicity-in-casteism-part-1/ . I am sorry for the long gap in between, but well; I was busy with work - to compensate for the end-of-the-year vacation that I am gonna take. Like I mentioned earlier, I am an ex-liberal. Like most…Read more Liberals and the complicity in casteism – Part 2

Liberals and the complicity in casteism – Part 1

I am from a conservative Tamil Brahmin family, which has always leaned to the right (supporting BJP, RSS etc.). I  am privileged in four ways - gender (male), religion (Hindu), caste (Brahmin) and class (upper middle - class). I have been blind to most of these privileges. Because of the patriarchal structure of my family…Read more Liberals and the complicity in casteism – Part 1

Anatomy of a chat: What is wrong with Indian men? – Part 2

Here I am, to continue my rant about the bewildering attitude of the savarna liberal elite; especially men - continuing from where I left out - the response to Bollywood actress Vidya Balan speaking about sexual harassment, involving an Army Jawan staring at her breasts https://ashwinkumar1989.online/2017/11/12/anatomy-of-a-chat-what-is-wrong-with-indian-men-part-1/ . Asit Misra, the OP who brazenly admitted to staring…Read more Anatomy of a chat: What is wrong with Indian men? – Part 2

Anatomy of a chat: What is wrong with Indian men? – Part 1

Many of you may not be knowing that popular Bollywood actress Vidya Balan recently spoke on the viral #MeToo campaign, regarding her experience of being stared at by a soldier during her college days https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mglQoWeKlc . When asked about sexual harassment under the #MeToo Campaign, she said that sexual abuse has always been happening. Vidya said, referring to…Read more Anatomy of a chat: What is wrong with Indian men? – Part 1

Feminist Rani : A game changing event for women and men – Part 2

Apologies for being late with Part 2 - was busy with work!  Please see Part 1 here https://ashwinkumar1989.online/2017/11/02/feminist-rani-a-game-changing-event-for-women-and-men-part-1/ . After the issues pertaining to sexual harassment and sexism were discussed, it was time for the steps to be taken: Harnidh - Take action against harassment as well as sexism. Report it. If at office people are…Read more Feminist Rani : A game changing event for women and men – Part 2

Feminist Rani : A game changing event for women and men – Part 1

Sunday 29th October was a special day for me. I attended a feminist event for the first time ever - "Feminist Rani", in Door No.1 Restaurant in Bandra Reclamation; at 6 30 PM. To introduce you, Feminist Rani was an event centered on the #Metoo campaign; which explored how widespread sexual harassment is, and how…Read more Feminist Rani : A game changing event for women and men – Part 1

Why I am not proud of the new India

I have always been proud to be an Indian, partly because my childhood has been largely happy; apart from bullying which I experienced when I was around 9-10 years old. I am blessed to have a supportive family and relatives, and thus a good environment to grow in. However, I have also been sheltered by…Read more Why I am not proud of the new India

How difficult it is, to be a woman

How people change! Well, times change There was a time When I used to complain About extra bus seats for women Yes, this is not a lie! Having a female friend certainly helps With a different perspective With counselling, you believe That you can make changes But this is not about that This is about…Read more How difficult it is, to be a woman