Gender

Gender

Boys will (Not) be Boys: Towards a more Human Society

We talk all the time about what we would teach our daughters, but we equally need to engage in reorienting that which is taught to our sons, not just for the future of the world, but so that they themselves can grow to their full potential as human beings. Payal takes a hard look at […]

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Tracing the Roots of Change: Feminism in India and the 50s and 60s Born Women

Feminism being multicultural and diasporic, the needs of women across nations are grossly dissimilar, conditioned by familial, societal, racial, marital, economic, cultural and individual subjectivity. Samrudhi analyses feminism, tracing the roots of change, in the regular column, exclusively in Different Truths. Talking about feminism in a general sense brings to mind the names of Virginia […]

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Education, Employment, and Empowerment of Women in India: From 1986 Onwards

Deblina and Debjani’s research shows that women are in better position than before, which was unimaginable even two or three decades back. They talk about the various initiatives taken by the government to empower women. A Different Truths exclusive. Education and employment are the two major milestones of women’s empowerment because they enable women to respond to […]

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Fast Forward

A bold, sensuous, agonising, and brutally candid verse. In Yeats’ words, ‘the ceremony of innocence is dead.’ Here’s the intense prose-poem by Anika, in Different Truths. Play: It’s my 16th birthday. There’s something about turning 16 that feels mischievous. I sit with a drink in my hand… and four down my throat. There’s something about the […]

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Shashi Deshpande: An Indian Woman Novelist in Search of a Feminist Identity

Shashi Deshpande is a feminist novelist supporting primarily the manifesto of the feminist movement of the early sixties and the late seventies of the last century. Basudeb profiles the contemporary Indian woman novelist, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. In the literary galaxy of the last half of the twentieth century, one of […]

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A Country for Women: Feminist Beliefs make it Happen

Payal takes a look at the Top Ten countries of the world with skewed sex ratio at birth, due to the patriarchal system. She talks of the winds of change blowing in India, where girls are performing the funeral rites of their parents. She also talks of the Indian government’s initiative to educate and save […]

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Voices Beyond Barriers: Time to Bring out the Real Feminism in India

Delhi-based Samrudhi reviews the narrative about feminism and feels that the true spirit is missing in India. Here’s her opinion, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. The majority of the populous of the world’s largest democracy seems grossly unaware of the various systems of oppression, often subtle in their avalanche, that we become […]

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Kunatla Ghosh Dastidar: Former Captain and an Inspiration of Indian Women-Football

Kuntala Ghosh Dastidar captained the Indian women’s team in Women’s World Cup. Aparajita profiles the former coach of Mohun Bagan, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. The verdant arcade of Calcutta Referee Club welcomed me with the vivacity of the person I love dearly. The birthday girl was in her usual jersey and […]

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A Happy Day for Fathers: Someday…

It is neither easy for men, nor women to transition their changing roles. Women are reluctant to give up the mystique of motherhood. And men have to prepare themselves not only for social ridicule but also self-doubt as diaper-changing dads. Payal tells us how the age-old types are crumbling, in the weekly column, exclusively in […]

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