Nandini Rathi


Nandini Rathi is a Senior Sub-Editor with

Who was Fearless Nadia?
Mon, Jan 08, 2018

Fearless Nadia represented a profound shift in the way women were portrayed in Indian cinema, usually as vamps, virgins or victims, and became what no woman had ever been before -- the hero.

A century ago, India got its rare, and strange, Rs 2.5 note
Wed, Jan 03, 2018

On January 2, 1918, the British government of India released an exotic bank note of Rupees Two and Annas Eight, or two and a half rupees.

‘Feminism,’ ‘Fake news,’ ‘Complicit,’ ‘Truth’ and more: Politics and current affairs electrify the 2017 words of the year
Wed, Dec 13, 2017

Words of the year are like codes that capture a wealth of information in our communication today.

1.56 crore abortions estimated in India in 2015; 81% through medication: Study
Wed, Dec 13, 2017

#GenderAnd Development: Most abortions take place without prescriptions and outside of facilities via chemists and informal vendors.

Donald Trump’s Jerusalem move rings alarm bells in Arab world
Thu, Dec 07, 2017

No country in the world currently has an embassy in Jerusalem, which is partially an occupied territory under Israeli military control, and neither is it recognised internationally as being unilaterally under Israel's jurisdiction or ownership.

What’s wrong with India’s abortion laws?
Wed, Dec 06, 2017

GenderAnd Development: The tricky debate on Abortion: Where the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act conflicts with two other laws? 

The history of AIADMK’s two leaves: from goat lungs to Jayalalithaa’s double magnificence
Thu, Nov 23, 2017

According to the AIADMK website, the two-leaves symbol stands to indicate that Jayalalithaa “is two times the magnificence of other leaders” and that she specifically or any other leader of the AIADMK, “will work double for its people".

Moving towards greater diversity, Google doodle now features more women achievers than ever
Wed, Nov 22, 2017

The cute and clickable animations were once guilty of history's 'unconscious bias' that typically downplays women's contributions.

With GI tag, Bengal retains rosogulla: Here’s why Odisha may not be happy
Wed, Nov 15, 2017

Many food historians, such as Chitrita Banerjee, have corroborated the fact that prior to the 18th century, there is no documented evidence of chhena anywhere in India.

Yes, this smog can affect your mental health too: IFPRI Study
Mon, Nov 13, 2017

The research, titled “Happiness in the air: How does a dirty sky affect mental health and subjective well-being?,” found that exposure to air pollution over time reduces hedonic happiness and increases the rate of depressive symptoms.

Beyond Delhi-NCR, a look at cities reeling under severe air pollution
Wed, Nov 08, 2017

While Delhi’s adverse air quality has been rightly ringing screeching alarms all over the country and the world, it would be incorrect to believe that the extreme lung-hazard is a concern of the capital region alone.

Goa ranks top, Bihar at bottom of Gender Vulnerability Index
Fri, Nov 03, 2017

Goa is followed by Kerala, Mizoram and Sikkim. Bihar ranked the lowest at 30, with Delhi faring only slightly better at 29 and Uttar Pradesh at 28.

Not just India, national anthems are a touchy subject in many other Asian countries
Sat, Nov 04, 2017

The controversial legal enforcement of National Anthem code of conduct is found in China, Japan, Thailand and more.

Rare images of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel from the lens of Kulwant Roy
Tue, Oct 31, 2017

A selection of historical images of Sardar Patel from Kulwant Roy's work, as documented by Aditya Arya in the valuable visual archive History in the Making.

Indian state tourism ads now focus more on experiences and mood than just mapping places
Fri, Oct 27, 2017

No longer are state tourism campaigns confined to a fall-flat showcase of a destination list. Instead, the modern ads are increasingly foregrounding a wholesome experience around emotions from warmth to self-discovery and even nostalgia.

A brief and crackling history of fireworks in India
Thu, Oct 26, 2017

Crackers and fireworks up to nineteenth century India were probably quite expensive and hence commissioned mainly by the rulers for personal and citizen entertainment or by the economically well-to-do of the community.

Between the flash and the bang, trying to decode why humans are awed by fireworks
Sat, Oct 14, 2017

Research suggests that the unpredictable, moving sparks are captivating to the human eye, since they is distinct from the reflected light we are used to seeing in routine earthly existence.

How Mahatma Gandhi became a US news star in the 1930s
Fri, Oct 06, 2017

The British raj was helpless beyond a point to censor or repress American journalists, whose nationality served as an immunity of sorts and allowed them to spotlight Gandhi's activities and India's freedom struggle for the US and world.

Gandhi Jayanti 2017 special: When Mahatma Gandhi was welcomed by textile mill workers of Lancashire
Tue, Oct 03, 2017

Gandhi Jayanti 2017: During his visit to Lancashire, England in 1931 Gandhi was mobbed -- not with anger but with admiration -- by the same community of weavers who had lost their jobs due to the Indian National Congress' boycott of British goods.

Hindi Diwas: Journey of Hindi from pre-Partition India to post-independence language politics
Fri, Sep 15, 2017

Hindi Diwas 2017: The Indian National Congress in its 1925 Karachi session decided that Hindustani -- the popular, undifferentiated blend of Hindi and Urdu -- should be the lingua franca of the independent nation.

Gauri Lankesh’s murder puts focus on press freedom, climate of impunity towards journalists
Sat, Sep 09, 2017

India: the country with the freest press in South Asia still manages to rank as the 13th most dangerous country in the world for journalists, as per CPJ's global Impunity Index.

Loud silence of Suu Kyi: Failure to take a stand on Rohingya issue contradicts her legacy
Tue, Sep 19, 2017

Commentators have acknowledged that defending the Rohingyas could dent Suu Kyi’s political prospects with the Burmans, yet it is expected that democratic leaders -- especially icons like Suu Kyi -- must be willing to transcend such constraints.

Preemptive male circumcision debate: No compelling scientific arguments strongly for or against this practice
Wed, Sep 06, 2017

More than half of American boys are circumcised, as per the American Center for Disease Control and Prevention (although the numbers are dropping now), compared to 2-3% in Finland and Britain.

1945 INA trials: a rare glimpse from the lens of photojournalist Kulwant Roy
Tue, Aug 29, 2017

Rare images of the November 1945 Indian National Army (Azad Hind Fauj) trials from photojournalist Kulwant Roy’s work, as documented by Aditya Arya in the visual archive History in the Making.

Why deras and sects find Punjab fertile for growth
Wed, Aug 30, 2017

Modern Sikhism, which promised to get rid of untouchability, failed to provide that social equality in practice. The hold of casteist prejudice and hegemony sustained in spite of Sikh Gurus’ preachings against untouchability and their propagation of equality.

70 Years of Independence: The self-congratulatory British Press at the eve of India’s freedom
Wed, Aug 23, 2017

Both quality papers as well as tabloids in British press portrayed the transfer of power to India and Pakistan as the ‘fulfillment of Britain’s mission’.

Charlottesville incident: ‘Donald Trump failed at the simplest of political tests’
Fri, Aug 18, 2017

“President Trump’s weak pushback to hate groups – as if he was trying not to alienate them as voters – compelled me to take up my pen,” stated David Plunkert, the artist behind the new New Yorker cover.

Rare photos of Jawaharlal Nehru from the archives of photojournalist Kulwant Roy
Thu, Aug 17, 2017

A selection of historical images of Jawaharlal Nehru from Kulwant Roy's work, as documented by Aditya Arya in the valuable visual archive History in the Making.

Flag war is the latest chapter in India, Pakistan rivalry
Tue, Aug 15, 2017

The Crescent Moon near Wagah border has been reported by the Pakistan media as the eighth tallest flag in the world, and more significantly, as the tallest one in South Asia.

Misogyny, sexism, threats: Women fight it all online too
Fri, Aug 11, 2017

A woman who dares to have an opinion and broadcast it too, is highly likely to be personally targeted by denizens with the aim to ‘put her in her place’ and see her silenced.

1930s imperial propaganda: How star-studded western films justified British colonialism
Fri, Aug 11, 2017

A series of Hollywood and British films were made between 1929-39 with India as their central theme and many were giant box office successes in US and Britain. But Indian audiences were not always appreciative.

#WhereIsMyName campaign seeks to challenge Afghan society’s patriarchy
Tue, Aug 01, 2017

Women’s names are traditionally treated as far more dispensable, officially and socially, than men's names. In large parts of Afghanistan, this is carried out to the extreme where even wedding cards and tombstones only provide the names of men she is related to.

Another movie release, another controversy: How outraging on movies is almost part of the script
Thu, Jul 27, 2017

The paradoxical nature of an individual or a group’s objections or bans on films -- that they end up generating a cloud of pre-release publicity and serve to pique audience interest -- makes them a fertile ground for suspicion and conspiracy theories.

Savita Kovind enters Rashtrapati Bhavan, but India’s First Ladies are yet to make a mark
Wed, Jul 26, 2017

Spouses of both presidents and prime ministers in India, when the latter are not unmarried or widowed, have generally kept a very low profile and are not seen beyond important public functions at home and abroad.

Prostitution, revolution, defiance and strength: Tracing the colourful symbolism of lipstick
Thu, Jul 27, 2017

This history of lipstick symbolism has had in its coffers everything from connotations of prostitution, witchcraft, sexuality, women’s defiance and strength.

ICC Women’s World Cup 2017, India vs England Final: Sunday will be the 1983 moment for women’s cricket
Sat, Jul 22, 2017

India take on England in the final of the ICC Women's World Cup on Sunday at the Mecca of world cricket - Lord's. The team led by Mithali Raj are going for their first ever title in second attempt following first sojourn this far in 2005.