Veteran Voices: Detailing Indian Women’s Struggles

Decades of struggle and innumerable sacrifices are involved in the long history of women's movement in India. Deepti Priya Mehrotra speaks to some of the exemplary leaders who recall the history of women’s movement and their role in it.

Gender Laws and Policy Women

Unleashing Political Renaissance By Rejecting Patriarchy
Boregaon is a small village in Solapur district of Maharashtra where men have shunned the patriarchal mindset to support women’s political empowerment and gender equality, writes Suchismita Pai.
Panchayats Culture Women

Will the Aam Aadmi Party deliver true 'swaraj'?
The initial euphoria over its emphatic electoral win over, the focus is now on realities within which the AAP will have to deliver on its promises. T R Raghunandan explores if the party can realise its vision of ‘swaraj,’ living up to the true ideals of decentralisation.
Government opinions Government OP-ED

Why an abused employee feels let down by the judiciary
A recent HC ruling on the powers of the National Commission for Women, in regard to a case involving sexual harassment at the workplace, could have significant implications for gender justice in the long term. Revathi Siva Kumar looks at the facts of the case and the debate that it has stirred up.
Gender Laws and Policy Women

Women MPs: At par, but rare still
Mainstream political parties do not give sufficient opportunity to women so that their representation has remained poor even in states with higher literacy rates. The electorate, however views them as equal performers as men, as the recent Daksh-ADR survey has shown. Prabhu Mallikarjunan presents some interesting findings on the issue.
Elections Government

Awakening the somnolent state
The common thread between our external and internal security predicaments is our approach to time. Most security issues are long-standing and seemingly interminable. If we understood why this is so, we can change it, writes Firdaus Ahmed.
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The dull days of White Gold
Across India, cotton growers make up the largest group of the over 180,000 farmers who committed suicide between 1997 and 2007. There's nothing like an election to spur policy change, though, notes P Sainath.
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Darwin in India
The 200th anniversary of Darwin's birth and the 150th anniversary of his most famous book is an occasion to ask: "how should Indian intellectuals engage with thinkers from outside our shores?", writes Rajesh Kasturirangan.
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Moving beyond symbols
The question before us women is whether Pratibha Patil's imminent election as President has any meaning for us, whether it will make any difference to women in India, and whether we should welcome such a symbolic gesture on the part of the ruling alliance, writes Kalpana Sharma.
OP-ED Kalpana Sharma Authority Kalpana's Commentary
Hundred years of battle
Kalpana Sharma remembers the first dawn of the movement for women's rights to vote.
OP-ED Kalpana Sharma Women Kalpana's Commentary
No bill, no will
The difference between a nation that increases women's representation and one that doesn't is partly a difference of intent and determination, says Kalpana Sharma.
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