Understanding Abuse on Social Media

Note: Some of the abuse examples may be offensive/disturbing to the reader. The BBC published an article titled ‘Why are Indian women being attacked on Social Media?‘ It featured television anchor Sagarika Ghose, politician Kavita Krishnan of the CPI (ML), and poet/activist Meena Kandaswamy. Having interviewed them, it seemingly drew the conclusion (voiced by Ms.Ghose) that women abused on Twitter in India tended to be “liberal and secular”, while the abusers were mainly “right wing” males. The article was slammed in various quarters for being sub-standard, partisan and reliant on unverified opinion. Blogger Sunanda Vashishta was upset enough to write … Continue reading Understanding Abuse on Social Media

Why motherhood is uncool

“Yaar, tumne toh ek seat waste kar di” (you have wasted seat!). This was a statement made at a party by an otherwise gracious hostess, to gently rebuke an errant guest. The seat in question was a management degree from one of India’s top business schools, and the guest stood accused of wasting her education by opting to be a stay-at-home mom. I found the statement judgmental and offensive. But I was aware that it reflected a viewpoint that is prevalent in many people, in varying degrees. This mindset is troubling, as I believe that it is one of the … Continue reading Why motherhood is uncool

Why do men rape?

This is a sample of what India is reading about, almost daily now: An eight-year-old child was raped by her neighbour, in Baranbaki (UP).[1] A five year old in Delhi was raped, tortured, mutilated, and left to die with a slit throat.[2] A four year old was raped and strangled in Seoni (MP),[3] leaving her with critical brain injuries. As the number of reported cases continues to rise, the victims seem to get younger. Many are minors, some barely out of their diapers. In some incomprehensible cases, they are mere infants. As people struggle to come to terms with such … Continue reading Why do men rape?

Last stop to Siachen

“Remember us. We guard your borders.” This was a poignant sign put up by the Indian army, along one of the many winding mountainous roads in Ladakh. As one drives amidst the stark, breathtaking and ethereal beauty of Ladakh, for short periods of time, it is easy to forget that the plateau is one of the most militarized zones in the world. Due to its strategic location, the region has witnessed bloody battles and the army has repulsed repeated attacks by raiders through the years. The omnipresence of the army is evident everywhere. The land is dotted with camps of … Continue reading Last stop to Siachen