The frail, papery hand reached over the pile of papers on the wooden desk towards the red, hardbound book. Green veins ran crisscross under the pale skin, and the slender fingers looked like they would break and give way as they lightly held the book and flipped through the pages. The owner of these hands … More The Robbery of a Life
Sometime last month I got to watch the much-awaited movie Karnan by Mari Selvaraj. The movie as a whole fascinated me and got me thinking about my own identity. I loved the energy each character brought to the scenes especially the grandmother who I thought was simply brilliant. The cinematography and the background score were creative as … More Karnan’s Double-Edged Dalit Imagination
Writer became finer than Carver Thinker higher than Doer And Speaker more than Thinker Stories that salaries tell The Great one gave a piece of Self to All You are All equal, unique and precious This Piece Holder and That Piece Holder…still racing to hell 9to5 pays, more work more pay Those making lunch boxes … More Somehow
The meaning of the word is strong. But what does it mean to be equal to someone? It just means being the same in value and status. These thoughts were triggered with a simple message forwarded to me about Sudha Murthy, whom I consider a woman of humility. She was questioned about equality by her son … More Equality
I grew up in a place where rough sleepers would sometimes stop you to ask for money. I now live in a place where children, men and women will sometimes approach you as you walk down the street, asking for money, food or water. I have noticed that the response that most of us adopt … More Let’s honour each other’s humanity
Human trafficking is defined as Whoever, for the purpose of exploitation, (a) recruits, (b) transports, (c) harbours, (d) transfers, or (e) receives, a person or persons, by— using threats, or using force, or any other form of coercion, or by abduction, or by practising fraud, or deception, or by abuse of power, or by inducement, … More Maladies of victims of human trafficking: time for our public justice system to be awakened.
Last year I spent a few months living in a small town in Bihar, along the India- Nepal border, studying an organization fighting human trafficking and inter-generational prostitution (IGP). If you aren’t sure what inter-generational prostitution is or are shocked that it even exists in India, then you know exactly how I felt in November … More Justice in times of Inequality