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How Purba, the Survivor, returned from a Journey to Hell?

Nandita Samanta

Nandita Samanta

A science graduate and an ex-Biology teacher; a trilingual poet (English /Hindi/Bengali), short story writer, painter and a dancer. Born in West Bengal, a resident of Salt Lake, Kolkata. Nandita spent her childhood in different states. It enriched her literary journey. Her writings are published in various international and national anthologies, magazines, webzines, newspapers, and journals. She writes on vivid themes, based on her observations on life, love, ambition, nature, culture, folklore, mythology, etc.
Nandita Samanta

Trafficking of women is an international commercial activity in which force, coercion, and fraud are used to transport women across international boundaries for economic gain. As a complex organised criminal activity, human trafficking is comparable to the trafficking of drugs and weapons, but it is more profitable and less risky because many forms of the […]

Five Older Women Characters in Fiction who do Feminism Proud

Rita Bhattacharjee

Rita Bhattacharjee

Rita Bhattacharjee is a communications consultant with extensive experience in managing corporate and internal communications for companies across diverse industries, including non-profit organizations. She is the co-founder of Mission Arogya and Arogya HomeCare and has recently relocated from the US to India to channel her skills towards social entrepreneurship to increase awareness and reduce disparity in public health.She also writes poetry, some of which have been published in reputed international journals.
Rita Bhattacharjee

Rita remembers five older women characters in fiction, who are strong feminist characters, in the weekly column, as part of the special feature on International Women’s Day (IWD), exclusively for Different Truths. Books are instrumental in shaping us into the people we become and the best part is that they never leave us. They continue […]

Beena Lived the Change

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They say you need only one person, yourself, to win the battle. And Beena’s journey is a living example of that. Herself being a victim of child marriage, she has crusaded a long way to prevent at least 65 such cases till date, in a remote village in Samastipur. Here’s a report how she stopped child […]

We Mean Business, Baby

Abha Iyengar

An internationally author, poet and British Council certified creative writing facilitator. Abha’s story, “The High Stool”, was nominated for the Story South Million Writers Award. Her poem-film “Parwaaz” won a special jury prize at Patras, Greece, acclaimed at international film festivals. She received the Lavanya Sankaran fellowship 2009-10. Her published works are Yearnings (poetry), Flash Bites (flash fiction), Shrayan (fantasy) Many Fish to Fry (novella) and The Gourd Seller and Other Stories (short stories).

Here’s a protest poem by Abha, on the occasion of International Women’s Day (IWD), exclusively in Different Truths.    They say You have come a long way, baby. I say I have a long way to go, baby. But I am getting there. I know The long and weary path We women have trudged for […]

Hundreds of Rural Women Rally for Equality and Women Rights, near Allahabad

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Different Truths New Service

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Rural women, under the banner of PMS, raised slogans and held meetings, demanding equality and women rights, at Ghoorpur market, on the outskirts of Allahabad, on the occasion of International Women’s Day. Here’s a report in Different Truths. On the occasion of the International Women’s Day, on March 8 (Wednesday), hundreds of women assembled in […]

Gurmehar Kaur: Shaping Heroism in Women by Women

Jamuna Rangachari

Jamuna Rangachari

Jamuna Rangachari is a software professional who manages the websites of Life Positive magazine. She is also a writer and author. She has authored three books for children, two of which were published by Rupa and one by Life Positive. She has also compiled and interpreted Teaching Stories-I and II for Life Positive and has authored Dancing with Life: Living with Multiple Sclerosis published by HayHouse in 2015.
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Gurmehar’s push for peace has not gone unnoticed. She has quite a following in Pakistan and she hopes to visit the neighbouring country sometime. This may be criticised like many positive steps but like all idealists, she couldn’t care about the naysayers. People are now blaming her for asking for a right to freedom of expression. This is […]

…And Two Women Suffered

Nilakshi Roy

Nilakshi Roy

Nilakshi is an Associate Professor of English teaching in Vaze college, and an occasional academic writer.
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She was a slim, tall, elegant woman, too pretty to be a cook in our house, but as she was not very young, my mother kept her immediately. She looked so sophisticated when the van driver brought her from Kolkata where she had been looking for a job and a place to stay. She had […]

Universalism Vs Relativism: Honour Killings of Women in India

Amit Singh

Amit Singh

Amit singh is a Norway based Independent Human rights researcher writes on refugees, religious conflicts, discrimination and human rights issue.
Amit Singh

Cases of honour killings represent an old tussle between universality of human rights and particularity/relativism – in this case, particular. Against this background, this article critically examines the role of universal human rights norms to protect the victims of particularity (in this case murdered women). It also examines the concept of cultural relativism and universalism […]

Tehmina Durrani: A Champion of Women’s Empowerment in Pakistan

Basudeb Chakraborti

Basudeb Chakraborti

Basudeb Chakraborti is a retired professor of English and Faculty Dean, University of Kalyani. He founded the Department of English in Sikkim Central University (2013). He taught in the USA and India. He wrote more than 100 articles in different literary journals in India and abroad. Among his books, Thomas Hardy's View of Happiness, Some Problems of Translation: A Study of Tagore's Red Oleanders, Indian Partition Fiction in English and in English Translation, etc.
Basudeb Chakraborti

Tehmina Durrani arrests worldwide attention immediately after the publication of her first novel Blasphemy. Her second novel My Feudal Lord exposes the miserable position of a woman pitted against the patriarchal background of Muslim society in Pakistan. This novel won Italy’s Marissa Bellasario prize. Tehmina’s last biographical novel on the life of Abdul Sattar Edhi is A Mirror to the Blind. Tehmina in […]

A Narrative on Women, Feminism, Sexuality and Politics in Contemporary India

Chirantan Sarkar

Chirantan Sarkar

Dr. Chirantan Sarkar has been consistently writing about gender, feminism, and cultural issues in English and Bengali over the last fifteen years.His books include Pornotopia (Ababhas, Kolkata), Uttaradhunik Gadyo GadyerUttaradhunikata (Ababhas, Kolkata) and Postcolonialism: An Introduction(Ababhas, Kolkata).
Chirantan Sarkar

Sonia Gandhi’s unperturbed state in her husband’s funeral is acceptable to the urban and sophisticated Indians as Sonia Gandhi is cloning a ‘male’ behavior  and thus striving to achieve a ‘superior’ mode of self-expression whereas Sasikala’s  slaps on hard stone platform during the funeral of Jayalalithaa situate her as an untutored and hysterical woman.  Both these […]

Women in Contemporary Democracy: Is Politics Gender Neutral?

Navodita Pande

Navodita Pande

Navodita Pande has been practicing yoga since she was 9 years old in Iyengar Yoga. In April 1995, she performed at the International Yoga Seminar. In January 2003, Navodita taught at Hare Rama Hare Krishna Mandir in New York. Navodita had a Yoga show on NDTV 24x7 and was also the official yoga trainer for Miss Delhi contestants in 2007. She currently teaches Yoga and Reiki to
people in Kanpur.
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Is the society really democratic for women? Have women been excluded from formal politics? It raises a number of specific questions about how to reform democratic institutions since these institutions are not gender-equitable. Even in countries where free and fair elections have been held, democratisation is very much an electoral issue; political parties are elitist […]

Three Glasses of Wine

Harshali Singh

Harshali Singh

Harshali Singh is a New Delhi based Member Judge at the Consumer Forum, an avid reader and a passionate Painter. Her Book ‘A Window to Her Dreams’ was launched in 2016. She has also been
featured and interviewed by various e-magazines. Her poem and story were also published in the recent edition of ‘Unbound’ magazine. She is a trained Occupational Therapist from the Institute of The Physically Handicapped. She, as a teacher trainer conducts workshops to enhance
proficiency in advanced teaching methodologies.
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A plush villa, a luxurious life and hidden beneath it a life that’s futile. Harshali weaves an intense story of a woman who is trapped in her pain. But on the surface it’s beautiful, sensuous, fired with fantasies, delusional. Find out why she waits for the time to be ripe, in this fiction, bidding her […]

Empowerment, Feminism and the Hardyian Fallacy

Sriparna Dutta

Sriparna Dutta

Sriparna Dutta completed her B.A. in English from Loreto College, Kolkata and her M.A. and M.Phil in English from University of Calcutta, Kolkata. She is working as Assistant Professor of English at Khudiram Bose Central College, Kolkata. Her interest includes translation studies and gender studies.
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Thomas Hardy’s heroines are not victims of sexual anesthesia. Sue is quite defiant in her stating her sexual preferences and never hesitates to be vocal about it. What is unique about Hardy is that his mainstream heroines come close to becoming emancipated women, liberated both in thoughts and actions but towards the end, the writer […]

The New Women Poets

Alka Nigam

Alka Nigam

Alka Nigam is a retired professor of Banaras Hindu University.
Alka Nigam

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Women theorists agree that the literature of women depends on biological, social, psychological facts that govern her existence. In fact, if one is asked to name a single most characteristic feature of women’s writing it can best be provided in the words of Margaret Atwood, written in the context of Canadian Literature but which can be very aptly […]

A Country Between Worlds

Amidha Porter

Amidha Porter

Amidha is a retired psychologist, writer and teacher of meditation for the Sufi Order International.She lives in North Carolina with her family.
Amidha Porter

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Amidha was amazed to think that Stephanie would, after this first book, Bread of Angels, return not to Syria – we know what tragedy is transforming that ancient culture beyond belief – but to Jerusalem, with her husband, and in the life story she tells, this reviewer was struck by the evolving story of the unfoldment of the […]

Dynamics of Globalisation and Women Empowerment

Swapan Bhowmik

Swapan Bhowmik

Swapan Kumar Bhowmik Is a professional academic associated with teaching in colleges and open Universities over the past 38 years.Jadavpur University happens to be the Alma mater of Sri Bhowmik .At present his field of study is “Social Capital and Empowerment”.
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The article focuses critical globalisation literature with feminist critiques about the gendered impact of globalisation. The feminist critiques of globalisation is of the view that “gender” is deep-seated in the logic and dynamics of globalisation. On the other hand, mainstream theories of globalisation consider it to be as gender-neutral phenomenon. Neoliberal and universalistic globalisation tend […]

Sex Addiction in Women furthers Patriarchy; Compassion leads to Empowerment

Chhavi Mehra

Chhavi Mehra

Chhavi Mehra is an international student from India completing her Associate's of Arts degree in Communications and Media at South Seattle College. She will be transferring to a university in California for her Bachelor's degree in Journalism. Chhavi hopes to write quality pieces reflecting the integrity of publications like The New York Times.
Chhavi Mehra

Sex addiction is often viewed as an attachment or intimacy disorder. This paper examines sex addiction from a psycho-social perspective. The review includes current research from two major studies. One conducted by Robert Weiss (2016) that focuses on how sex addiction can be developed through trauma and the other by Rob Jackson (2004) that focuses […]

A Knife for Life!

Shail Raghuvanshi

Shail Raghuvanshi

Shail Raghuvanshi is a freelance writer, editor, content writer, book reviewer and poet. A post graduate in Journalism and Mass Communication, she has 20 years of writing experience in newspaper, magazine, radio, television and the internet. Her poems, short stories and articles have been published in leading magazines, journals and e-books apart from featuring in anthologies. A daughter, a wife and a mother, she is the eternal optimist. Faith, friendship and family make her life complete.
Shail Raghuvanshi

Two women, Ria and Shanta Bai, belonging to different economic strata, do not just work in the same office. Piquantly their lives have many parallels too. Ria, a divorcee, and Shanta Bai, a widow, have similar challenges. Find out how Shanta Bai inspired Ria to deal with life, in the short story by Shail, as […]

The Flickering Diyas

Dr. Tripti Sharan

Dr. Tripti Sharan

Tripti is a practising gynaecologist at BLK Super Speciality Hospital,New Delhi. Many of her writings are influenced by the pain and suffering she sees as a doctor.Her forthcoming book ‘The Chronicles of a Gynaecologist’ is being published by Bloomsbury India. She also has an anthology of poems,‘The Dewdrops..a journey begins’. She contributes poems and stories to many publications.
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Tripti retells the Ramayana from Sita’s point of view. Here’s Sita’s agony that was perhaps never told in a patriarchal epic, as the special feature on International Women’s Day, exclusively for Different Truths. The flickering diyas (oil lamps) reminded her of her wandering hopes. She glanced at him. He was looking serene as he watched the lights that […]

African Women and Colonisation

Dr. Brajesh Kumar Gupta

Dr. Brajesh Kumar Gupta

Dr. Gupta has mentored many and also assisted many in unleashing his creative potential. Through his talks, seminar presentations, creativity workshops and personal interactions, he has popularized many new concepts in management and leadership. Some of his articles
publish in “We The Power” and “Green Plant” magazines. His thesis on “Treatment And Glorification Of Love And Sex In The Novels Of D. H. Lawrence”. His first book of poetry “The Rain” has published by Onlinegatha Publication of Lucknow.
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Many of the approaches used to analyse African colonial politics, economies, societies, and cultures were often gender-blind and tended to ignore women’s lives, experiences, contributions, voices, perceptions, representations, and struggles. It is evident that colonialism led to a definite decline in women economic independence as well as their socio-political status in society. This resilience and ingenuity […]

Getting up on the Inside

Shernaz Wadia

Shernaz Wadia

To Shernaz Wadia, reading and writing poems has been one of the means to embark on an inward journey. She hopes her words will bring peace, hope and light into dark corners. Her poems have been published in many e-journals and anthologies. She has published her own book of poems "Whispers of the Soul" and another titled "Tapestry Poetry - A Fusion of Two Minds" with her poetry partner Avril Meallem.
Shernaz Wadia

We profile ordinary women with extraordinary strength. They find the reservoir of strength within themselves, like Yashodhara. Every year, the Women’s Day becomes a cosmetic celebration of already known and regularly felicitated achievers. But there are countless women, who go through their lives quietly, bravely willing every muscle and sinew to keep them from being wrecked by adversity or […]

Girl-child in Labour and Learning: A Case Study in North-24 Parganas

Debjani Guha

Debjani Guha

Dr. Debjani Guha: Associate Professor, Department of Education and Director-in-Charge, Centre for Women's Studies, University of Kalyani, Kalyani, WB,India, Area of Research Interest: Women's Education, International & Comparative Education
Debjani Guha

Twenty five girls of age group 7 to 13 years from ten National Child Labour Project schools of North-24- pgs were studied. It was found that 72% girls are from Muslim community. Over populated family, poverty, lack of awareness of the parents, absence of father and/or mother and presence of alcoholic/ sick/ injured/ physically challenged parent are the […]

Question Marks that Still Haunt the Girl-child Education in India

Sehar Siddiqi

Sehar Siddiqi

Sehar is a communication skills trainer, she has good experience in writing on various issues. She is a blogger, book writer and enthusiastic traveller. A native of Allahabad, she believes in experiencing the small things of life in a big way. Sehar likes to work in groups and learn new things. Her motto is to enjoy life in small packets.
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As per the Census report of 2001, the literacy rate recorded was 54 per cent amongst women. Along with sincere efforts made by both the state machinery and NGOs, the government also passed the 86th Constitutional Amendment, in the year 2002, making education from age 6-14 the Fundamental Right of every Indian child. But as per the recent […]

Milestones of a Journey from Feb 1909, near the Statue of Liberty, to IWD 2017

Michele Baron

Michele Baron

She has a self-illustrated book The Dreaming Rugs awaiting publication.
Michele Baron

In Copenhagen, 1910, at the Second International Conference of Working Women, German activist Clara Zetkin raised a vote, supported by women from 17 nations, to organise an International Working Women’s Day. In 1912, nine years after “Give me your tired, your poor…” was engraved on the pedestal plaque of the Statue of Liberty, after poor women desperate to earn […]

Women Hold up Half the Sky[i]: A Special Issue on IWD 2017, in Different Truths

Arindam Roy

Arindam Roy

Arindam Roy has 35 years experience in various newsrooms. He was the Managing Editor of a reputed Gurgaon-based Citizen Journalist portal and has held senior positions in several publications. As Correspondent and Bureau Chief, he has written extensively for Associated Press, Times of India, Hindustan Times and multiple news outlets. He has contributed 13 chapters to various publications. Of these, seven chapters were published in two Coffee Table Books, published by the Times Group. He is a co-author of a novel, Rivers Run Back that he penned with Joyce Yarrow. The novel was launched at the American Centre, New Delhi, on January 2015. He lives in Allahabad.
Arindam Roy

Different Truths (DT) has been publishing special issues and has also brought out seven Anthologies of Poems on several topics in the past. Here’s the eighth Anthology of Poems, on International Women’s Day 2017, as part of the three-day thematic issue. We thank our writers, poets, editorial team members. Without their active participation, this special […]

The Prince of Kolkata Bats for the Unsung Princesses

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In its endeavour to ensure access to education for the girl-child, CRY receives support from the legendary Sourav Ganguly, who, apart from being a cricket-icon, is also a doting father to a “very pretty and clever young girl, Sana”. In many parts of India, the birth of a girl-child is not welcomed is a known fact. It […]

Which Poison Killed Mandira: Murder Mystery of a Rape Victim – II

Nandita Samanta

Nandita Samanta

A science graduate and an ex-Biology teacher; a trilingual poet (English /Hindi/Bengali), short story writer, painter and a dancer. Born in West Bengal, a resident of Salt Lake, Kolkata. Nandita spent her childhood in different states. It enriched her literary journey. Her writings are published in various international and national anthologies, magazines, webzines, newspapers, and journals. She writes on vivid themes, based on her observations on life, love, ambition, nature, culture, folklore, mythology, etc.
Nandita Samanta

In the second and final part of the fictionalised true story of a rape victim, Aftermath, we find that the plot thickens. Mandira’s diary, found by her daughter, Ananya, convinces her that she had not committed suicide but had been murdered. Her cell phone that could provide the clenching details of the murder clue was mysteriously […]

Will the Enhanced Budget Allocation make Women Safer in NCR and Elsewhere?

Prof. Bhaskar Majumder

Prof. Bhaskar Majumder

Prof. Bhaskar Majumder, an eminent economist, is the Professor of Economics at GB Pant Social Science Institute, Allahabad. He was the Professor and Head of the Centre for Development Studies, Central University of Bihar, Patna. He has published nine books, 69 research papers, 32 chapters,15 review articles and was invited to lectures at premier institutes and universities over 50 times. He has 85 papers published in various seminars and conferences.
He also worked in research projects for Planning Commission (India), World Bank, ICSSR (GoI), NTPC, etc. A meritorious student, Bhaskar was the Visiting Scholar in MSH, Paris under Indo-French Cultural Exchange Programme. He loves speed, football and radical ideology.
Prof. Bhaskar Majumder

Enhancement of budget allocation for the police for the Nirbhaya Fund, for the safety of women, though welcome, is not enough to ensure their protection. The government might have increased budget in the education institutions for gender studies and awareness too, feels social scientist, Bhaskar. He also appeals that the folly of a simple soldier, […]

Aftermath: Death Mystery of a Rape Victim-I

Nandita Samanta

Nandita Samanta

A science graduate and an ex-Biology teacher; a trilingual poet (English /Hindi/Bengali), short story writer, painter and a dancer. Born in West Bengal, a resident of Salt Lake, Kolkata. Nandita spent her childhood in different states. It enriched her literary journey. Her writings are published in various international and national anthologies, magazines, webzines, newspapers, and journals. She writes on vivid themes, based on her observations on life, love, ambition, nature, culture, folklore, mythology, etc.
Nandita Samanta

It’s sad that rape victims are victimised in India – and Southeast Asia. Nandita fictionalises a true incident, in two parts, showing the storms and turmoil within the rape victim, Mandira. After her death, her daughter finds her diary, where she wrote her heart out, “I’m not dead, but somehow a part of my mind tells it […]

Dalit Writings are Revolt Literature: A Research Outline of Understanding the Making of the Activist Discourse

Basudeb Chakraborti

Basudeb Chakraborti

Basudeb Chakraborti is a retired professor of English and Faculty Dean, University of Kalyani. He founded the Department of English in Sikkim Central University (2013). He taught in the USA and India. He wrote more than 100 articles in different literary journals in India and abroad. Among his books, Thomas Hardy's View of Happiness, Some Problems of Translation: A Study of Tagore's Red Oleanders, Indian Partition Fiction in English and in English Translation, etc.
Basudeb Chakraborti

A good number of Dalits intuitively believe that they are born to do the perennial drudgery and thralldom to upper-class Hindus. Their belief has become almost and nearly instinctive because of thousand years of the practice of their servitude. They believe that it is their pious duty to serve upper-class  Hindus for the sake of the […]