Transcript of Paromita Vohra’s keynote speech at Governing Intimacies Research Meeting (India International Centre, Sept 2019)

“Thank you for that nice introduction. So I’m going to talk a little bit about this as a kind of a work in progress because I’m going to talk a bit about things that I’m learning while working on Agents of Ishq. Because the site in some senses is a co-created kind of space. It was not imagined in that way, I thought it will be a project that we could do for a while and it would end but it has grown…

by Snigdha Arora

“Women have always been protesting all their lives. Did you just wake up?”- Salma Khan, a postgraduate student at Jamia Millia Islamia University in an interview with journalist Neha Dixit.

Amidst the COVID-19 outbreak, news about the countrywide protests against CAA-NRC-NPR has taken a backseat. In Delhi, the police, along with public intellectuals, have requested the women of Shaheen Bagh to call off the protest. …

“Kyunki main bai nahi banna chahti thi”

(Because I did not want to become a domestic worker)

Women’s Day owes its history to the struggles of working class women in North America and Europe in the early 20th century. Closer home, South Asia has had its own share of workers’ movements, women’s movements, anti-caste movements and anti-imperialist movements, some of which have shaped March 8th as we know it today. In many quarters, what started as International Working Women’s Day has metamorphosed to promote market-driven models of inclusion and celebration; in some others, the movement(s) has been reduced to a…

by Shreyashi Sharma

The following short story is inspired by the author’s experiences working as a lawyer in the highly patriarchal legal system of the country. The specific events of the story are fictional, however, the struggle of the protagonist to prove her merit and not receive the credit she truly deserves, is ubiquitous in most forms of labour that women provide.

After tirelessly working the entire night, yet again, on Mr. Macho’s lousy draft titled Fear in a Woman’s Daily Life, Besharam was experiencing a rough morning despite consuming four cups of black coffee. A single woman in…

Over the summer of 2019, the Centre offered eight weeks-long internships to twenty undergraduate and postgraduate students. These internships were offered together with faculty members from within Ashoka University and with academics and practitioners from across Delhi-NCR; the interns worked on research projects concerning themes related to gender and sexuality. Here’s a summary of the nine of the projects that the students got the opportunity to work on:

  1. The Higher Education Project

About the project: Currently being carried out in Delhi, the Higher Education Project is pursuing two central questions — how does the choice of undergraduate majors affect labour…

by Sowmya Vaidyanathan

A satirical take on the popular BBC Sci-Fi series Doctor Who.

“The Feminists are taking over,” cries Sir Gabriel Gundacker of Vine, in reference to four female ghostbusters.

Granted, that was way back in 2016, but the vine seems appropriate in today’s day and age — especially these past two years. What a horrible time it is to be alive! Honestly, this is the worst thing that has happened in the past decade. Why, you might ask? Well, let me enlighten you a little if you don’t already know. In July 2017, the BBC, through a special…

By Anonymous | An undergraduate student from Ashoka University writes about coming to terms with his queerness.

The Indian Express | The Quint

6th of September, 2018.

I haven’t slept the whole night. I am tired and restless. I can’t concentrate in my class. I try and participate, but can hardly speak up because my throat is dry with fear. I skip my next class, because I do not want to disrespect my Professor. As I walk up and down the room, I am transported to something that happened four years ago.

I had just finished my 10th standard and was entering the 11th. I was…

Source: PTI/The Indian Express

by Ishan Mehandru

At a recent book launch, the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP)leader, Ram Madhav mentioned a “beautiful internal democracy” operating within the structure of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), something that has let them take a stand on a variety of issues — for instance, concerning farmers and tribals (issues of national interest), concerning Muslims and women (issues that “traditionally the Left has championed”), and “even Homosexuality and all that” (supposedly a problem for present-day liberals).

While in the past the RSS has been vocal in its express disapproval of homosexual relations, calling it an “immoral act” and a…

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