The Great Divide: Being LGBT In India

While no one dares to deny the homoerotic stories of Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva, people very conveniently dispose off any possibilities of a similar relation being established between two individuals. Lord Vishnu in the avatar of the seductress “Mohini” saved Lord Shiva from the demon Bhasmasur. It is also believed that when Lord Shiva and Parvati went to thank Lord Vishnu, Lord Vishnu upon Lord Shiva’s request transformed to Mohini. Upon seeing Mohini’s beauty Lord Shiva “mated” with Mohini as a result of which Lord Aiyyappan was born. Lord Aiyyappan is also referred to as “Hari-Har Putra”, meaning son of Lord Vishnu and Shiva.

#StartWithTheBoys: Exploring Deviant Gender Roles

Many have had problem with the word “feminism”, because for most the term stands for a fight vying for special kind of privileges for females on the basis of our gender identity. Therefore, I choose to use a term that is widely accepted as a fight against patriarchy and even matriarchy, i.e. gender equality.

Government Officials Under Surveillance

Known colloquially as “babus”, once a term used out of respect that now leans towards the pejorative. Membership of organisations such as the Indian Administrative Service is hard won; in 2012 more than 500,000 people applied and just 170 were chosen and the rewards are also generous.

Diwali: More Than Fun And Frolic

With festivity in the air, doctors at Safdarjung Hospital were prepared to deal with any kind of rush in cases of burns that are very much expected during this time of the year. Besides increasing the number of on-duty doctors to handle the flow of patients, the hospital had also created a Whatsapp group to ensure better coordination among the medicos from the burns unit. Safdarjung Hospital, Asia’s biggest centre for treatment of burn cases, says it gets close to 500 patients suffering from minor and severe injuries during Diwali.

Pehchan: A Short Film

Increasing instances of hatred among communities has bothered me for quite some time. Watching communal tensions in several parts of the country, witnessing the politicisation of communal tensions, reading the numbers of people killed and injured in the violence, and most of all – observing Hindus and Muslims throwing denigrating remarks at each other over the internet, has left me appalled.

Going Home: Possible In The Real World?

Alia Bhatt is seen to be driving alone late at night in an empty road before her car breaks down. Just then five boys (having the kind of looks that girls absolutely fear) come by in an SUV and stop next to Alia’s car. All five letch over the gorgeous Alia in a black skirt; glaring at her from top to bottom and pass what-girls-call the “creepy” expressions to each other. The air is tense and the audience can’t help but wait for the guys to grab Alia and sexually thrust themselves at her. Meanwhile, Alia requests the boys to help figure out a solution for her broken car and finally asks for a lift home.

Creating Women Empowerment Or Baby Hunger?

Unlike the earlier generation, they wish to achieve the best of both worlds, which seems nearly impossible with the juggling act of oozing dynamic energy required in each role. Various pitfalls of multi-tasking and balancing both family and work are evident in deteriorating women’s health, which most likely increases their frustration and outburst on either her children or husband.

Naga Men Beaten: Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam?

Political motive of “Divide and Rule” (followed by vote-hungry politicians) reigning over the local and Northeastern community will most likely bear serious repercussions, similar to the crack in the relationship between India and Pakistan, which has not been mended till today.

Man Slapped For Offering A Seat: Understanding Gender Equality

One, the individual’s action is unnecessarily gendered. It is taken representative of women who take advantage and exploit the provisions. Of course, people take advantage of situations, but that is an individual trait not a feminine trait that one derives from the womb!

Shramev Jayate: PM Launches Labour Friendly Schemes

The current NDA government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi seems to be catching up with all the time that was wasted in the past 10 years by the previous government.

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