“In spite of current ads and slogans, the world doesn’t change one person at a time. It changes as networks of relationships form among people who discover they share a common cause and vision of what’s possible.” Confession: I’m a complete sucker for signs and synchronicities. If I’m about to dive into the day after … More Social Work, Social Innovation, Social Impact, Social Media?
Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a significant problem affecting millions of people worldwide, irrespective of their gender. While women are considered the primary victims of IPV, studies have shown that male victims also experience violence from their partners. In India, the issue of male IPV victims is often overlooked due to the pervasive societal belief … More INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE (IPV) AMONG MALES
(TW: Child abuse, domestic violence) We offer so much consideration and understanding to adults. We accept that they make mistakes. We say that teachers and parents are not perfect and they’re trying their best. Yet, when it comes to children, who due to their barely developed brains and relatively new arrival to this world should … More Hitting A Child Is Disrespecting A Child
I haven’t been able to pen my thoughts in a long while after experiencing loss and I just fell short of words. My friend had asked me to write a piece on “Child labour,” and while it didn’t stir me up to write about it immediately, I just looked up some of my childhood pictures … More Our privileges are not everyone’s
I was a sight to behold – folks thronged to gaze at my mounds and ridges wrapped in ethereal greens. Flanked by my friends Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary and the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve I, the Bandipur Tiger Reserve exists, wait… meet my bulwark, my buffer, my shock absorber – the eco sensitive zone: she is the … More I know them… I know those who did this to me
“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
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!
Our Not so Hidden Shame In an incident that raised eyebrows recently, budget airline IndiGo denied boarding to a specially-abled child on a Hyderabad-bound flight at the Ranchi airport. The wheelchair confined boy in his teens apparently posed a safety hazard for the flight because he was in a state of panic. There were doctors … More How we Treat Our Disabled
This is the first part of the three-part series on ‘casteism in educational spaces’ as a part of the Justicemakers’ Writer’s Training Program, run in partnership with Agami and Ashoka’s Law For All Initiative. You can find the first part here. Trigger warning: casteism __ The Dalit community is one of the most marginalised and disadvantaged ones in India. The … More The Plight And Rights Of Dalit Students In School Campuses
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