“I Work So My Mother Doesn’t Have To”: Tackling Child Labour In India

“Main isliye kama rahi hu, taaki maa ko mehnat na karni pade (I am earning, so that my mother doesn’t have to),” said Prerna, who is the daughter of a domestic worker and has been working ever since she was 10. She is based out of Mumbai and did go to school. However, her circumstances were … More “I Work So My Mother Doesn’t Have To”: Tackling Child Labour In India

Unwanted!

On June 28th 2015, our Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched #SelfieWithDaughter on Twitter. The campaign aimed to raise awareness of gender imbalances and encouraged the parents to give importance to their daughters. Within a few hours, Twitter was flooded with selfies of fathers and daughters using #SelfieWithDaughter.  The campaign created a buzz and everyone spoke … More Unwanted!

Sairat, An Account of Dalit Trauma

Resmaa Menakem, in his fascinating book My Grandmother’s Hands, writes, “Whenever one group oppresses, victimizes, brutalizes, or marginalizes another, many of the victimized people may suffer trauma, and then pass on that trauma response to their children as standard operating procedure… When the trauma continues for generation after generation, it is called historical trauma.” Menakem’s … More Sairat, An Account of Dalit Trauma

Bharatanatyam dancer barred from performing in Kerala temple as she is non-Hindu

“I got the call from an artist for the programme. Then fixed my programme and at least six times communicated for photographs and other things through an email before they printed the invite with my name and picture. They even congratulated me after going through my testimonials. If they had such a norm, they could … More Bharatanatyam dancer barred from performing in Kerala temple as she is non-Hindu

Violence Against Migrant Workers: Invisible No More

Migrant workers form a very large part of India’s vast unorganized sector which constitutes about 93% percent of the country’s total workforce according to the Ministry of Labour and Employment (MOLE). Their entry into the labour market is marked with several challenges including a lack of critical skills, knowledge of their rights and bargaining power that results in exploitative labour arrangements that … More Violence Against Migrant Workers: Invisible No More