MS Subbulakshmi was introduced to the world as a perfect image of Tamil Brahmin housewife, shedding her Devadasi past. The hunger to control could have even made them change the colour of the people – the only thing they could not. They even controlled the rhythm of bodies as I read- “Rukmini Devi Arundale stripped the Bharatnatyam dance drama, once performed in the temple mandapams, of its eroticism and adapted it to the Western style stage, giving it “respectability” even while wrenching it from its ancient custodians, the Devadasis.” It beguiles me to no end how the Indian eye saw beauty in eroticism and its detailing as we can see in Khajuraho with unabashed appreciation. The roving British eye which hailed the Queen, saw “overt” sexual tenor in Kerala’s Mohiniattam.
The moment a woman walks out of the door, she is either groped, stalked, catcalled or intimidated with inappropriate gestures every single day. Yes, EVERY SINGLE DAY. That way every single day becomes a Day of Shame, every night, a Night of Shame, every city, a city of Shame and every country, a Country of Shame.Every woman who steps out of the house is a warrior herself because she prepares herself every day to deal with these dirty Romeos on roads, buses, trains and public spaces. Street harassment is one of the biggest issues that women have faced from time immemorial irrespective of age, race and geography
India celebrated Republic Day yesterday. We celebrated National Youth Day on 12th January. We also celebrated…
Real and inspiring is the story of the Phogat girls. However the story of their mother is what concerns me more. The trauma of multiple pregnancies for the want of a son, the agony of being put down for not being able to bear a son is still a harsh reality for a lot of unfortunate women across the country even in states that boast of a healthy gender ratio or a better literacy rate.
சமூகம் நிர்ணயித்த கொடுங்கோட்பாடுகளை எல்லாம் தகர்த்தெறியும் தன்னம்பிக்கை நிறைந்த பெண்கள். தங்களுக்கான சரி தவறுகளை தாங்களே தீர்மானிக்க தெரிந்த பெண்கள். எனினும் இவர்கள் மின் காட்டிற்குள் வாழும் விட்டில் பூச்சிகள். நவநாகரீக உலகில் வாழ்ந்தாலும் இவர்கள் வாழ்க்கை ஒன்றும் எளிதானது அல்ல. விடியும் ஒவ்வொரு நாளும் ஒரு புது போராட்டமே. இவர்களின் போராட்டங்கள் வேறு வகையானதாய் இருக்கலாம், ஆனால் நிஜமானவையே. இந்த போராட்டங்களின் நடுவில் உடைந்து பின் உறுதிகொள்ளும் இவர்களில் நான் என்னை காண்கிறேன்.
Caught up amidst these alternating periods of voices, noises and radio silences, the Nirbhayas and Jishas never found an ending to their stories, forget about a happy ending.There were a lot of Jishas before Nirbhaya and there are going to be a lot of Nirbhayas after Jisha. If what the National Crime Records Bureau says is right at least 93 women are raped in India every day
I broke a promise I made to myself, a promise I had kept for 9 long …