I am a former bureaucrat, and have worked a lot on gender issues, disaster management and good governance. I am also the proud father of two lovely daughters.
A father writes that his daughters rights are natural rights, and so is every woman's. Let no one let you think otherwise.
A father recounts how his little girl, who would once cling to him, is now a young independent woman.
As boys learn what it means to be a man from their fathers, the role of a father in raising a humane man is critical.
India's politicians often make inappropriate, insensitive and misogynistic comments, and get away with it. This insightful post questions why.
Instead of focusing on offenders in harassment cases, the Indian judiciary and society at large often resorts to victim blaming
Sexism is well and alive in every political party in India, including the AAP which promised to be different
How much has really changed when it comes to dowry deaths in India? The recent stories of two young women are revealing.
Safety for women in public, starts with respect for women at home - the attitudes are very much linked to each other
A judge has an unusual ruling on a case of bigamy in India. What do you think?
We think of burnout as happening to only those in high profile jobs, but homemakers face stress and can burnout too.
How women react to stress seems to be different from the way men to - The 'tend and befriend' response seems to work positively for them
Why are Indian women stressed? The dual burden of managing home and family still falls on women's shoulders.
With a spate in crime against women and victim blaming, is it time to resume the Pink Chaddi campaign?
Did you know that a rape attempt is not strictly speaking, considered a crime in India? An insight into crime against women
When capital punishment in India is legal, why should the President give a pardon to rapists and murderers of women and children?
What is the reason for a high rate of suicide among young Indian women, and especially suicide among Indian homemakers?
Molestation and other crimes against women in India rarely carry stringent punishment - the accused get bail very easily.
On the male response to hearing of rape and on rape fantasies in women : how "normal" are these?
Indian weddings are among the most ostentatious weddings ever! Do we really need such expensive weddings?
Does the National Commission For Women (NCW) really matter? How are its members selected and what is their record on women's rights?
We need swift punishment for those who perpetrate crimes against women - like those in the recent Guwahati case
Think crime against women is confined to the 'crime capital', Delhi? The data on crime against women in Kerala makes you rethink!
A salute to a young woman, who even in death, has helped other people through organ donation
Women's liberation and empowerment in India: examining the reasons for why it is so superficial
A beautiful love story, shared in retrospect; A boy and a girl meet at a training academy, but only one of them gets through. What follows next?
The existence of perverted rape games reveals the prevalence of misogyny in the world of online gaming
Are beautiful women treated differently during job interviews? Is there a bias for or against them?
Do we need a celebrity to help us debate social causes? Or are programs like Satyameva Jayate only meant to increase TRPs?
How is Maintenance defined in the Indian constitution? And does it apply to live-in relationships as well? An introduction to Maintenance Laws in India.
Some lesser known heroines through history, who stood up for their independence and shaped the course of women's rights
When a parent with young children is gravely ill, what thoughts run through their mind in those last days?
What have great men over the ages said about women? Let's find out!
Did we really need an Aamir Khan to tell us that sex-selective abortion is leading to an India of no women?
Why has all the outrage over son-preference and daughter-avoidance in India hardly made any difference to the sex-ratio?
An Indian dad speculates on the multi-cultural wedding his daughter might have - and derives much fun out of it!
I recently came across the blog post ‘Madam Justice, Here’s My Character Certificate’ on Women’s Web. It is about the insensitivity shown by the then Chairperson of the Kerala Women’s Commission (Justice Sreedevi) – she is quoted as saying that if a woman wears revealing clothes, men are bound to be tempted to touch her. […]
What happens to a woman's dreams and wishes when she marries someone she hardly knows, in that form we call 'arranged marriage'?
Bringing up independent and intelligent daughters as an Indian father.
Why do we encourage the dowry system in India till today?
I am a harassed Indian male, only I didn’t know it. I hereby acknowledge with gratitude the role played by the All India Men’s Welfare Association (AIMWA) in opening my eyes to the harassment, sexual exploitation, torture and abuse that I face at the hands of women day in and day out, to the extent […]
A bureaucrat remembers his first brush with a dowry death as a young man sent to investigate a case
IAS officers - a "catch" in India for whom "high prices" in the form of dowry are offered - and paid
Domestic violence and abuse can happen to anyone - as seen by the story of Meena Kandasamy, a feminist, writer, poet, translator and champion of Dalit rights
While all parents wish their children well, somewhere down the line, we become less of parents and more of "arrangers" of their lives.
Fair, homely, traditional, modern, rich family, same-caste and of course virginal - the main requirements from an Indian bride
The biggest gift a father can give a daughter is the ability to stand on her two feet.
Is an abusive marriage, which sees domestic violence, similiar to the Stockholm Syndrome?
Much noise has been created over the legalization of homosexuality by the Delhi High Court without understanding that Article 377 was a British creation
While the plight of Vrindavan widows is well-known, the recent report on them being denied dignity even in death, is shocking.
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