Radhika is a Senior Sub Editor with the indianexpress.com She is an alumna of Columbia University. She tweets @radhika_iy
In India, cattle protection has suddenly emerged as the government's prime agenda, marginalising or trivialising other issues higher up on the scale of grave importance.
Within the Babri Masjid compound, there once existed a mosque for Muslims, as well as a shrine for Hindus to pray. A railing functioned as a barricade between the two prayer spaces.
Language cannot be imposed upon people. Imposition spawns resistance. There are several instances in history that serve as evidence, including the history of East Pakistan (now Bangladesh)
Nikah halala is a law that requires a woman to marry and sleep with another man in order to return to her first husband.
In the name of tradition, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB ) finds triple talaq or talaq given in one sitting, sacrosanct and crucial, particularly for women.
The sale of cattle through conventional means has dropped dramatically. Subsequently, there has been a sudden spike in the number of cow advertisements on e-commerce sites, particularly post the state elections.
“If we were racist,” he argues, “why would we have all the entire south, which is completely – you know Tamil (sic), you know Kerala, you know Karnataka and Andhra – why would we live with them? We have black people around us.”
Both 'eve-teasing' and 'roadside Romeo' are Indian-invented-English-euphemisms, used particularly in South Asians countries like India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh.
Back in the day, even bhajans fiercely associated a Hindu’s manhood to his strength in defending the cow.
Kumar's trajectory of fate is similar to that of Regal's. Kumar and Regal are symbolic of a time when single-screened theater halls and skilled operators had a standing in society.
The argument that certain films are 'un-Indian' due to the nature of their explicit content, has been resurrected from time to time depending on the ruling political government.
From the formation of 'anti-Romeo' squads to the ban on illegal slaughterhouses, here is a compilation of the actions the new UP Chief Minister has taken since he was sworn in.
While India may be ahead of the United States (which gives its women employees 12 weeks of unpaid maternity leave), our Maternity Bill leaves out a large section of women in the unorganized sector -- and that's a colossal setback.
If Kangana Ranaut was playing the 'woman card' and 'victim card', Karan Johar was playing the 'man card' and 'bully card'
Most of the pet cuss words however, are located, alarmingly, in sexism.
Tradition and society dictate that marriage and biological parenthood should coincide. However, a physically and mentally stable adult who has the wherewithal to take on the responsibility of a child, should be allowed to become a parent
India has one of the world’s highest demographics of children suffering from malnutrition. The government's responsibility should be to feed them, not arm-twist them into getting an Aadhaar Card.
Chandrawat: "We sent 2000 to the graveyard". It's been over 24 hours since the RSS leader made the disconcerting claim regarding the Muslim deaths in the Godhra riots. Chandrawat however, hasn't been arrested, yet.
From Kaur to Zaira Wasim, those who've challenged authority or seemed to have 'displeased' it, have received hate threats and been forced into submission
The shooting incident has been conveyed in a stoic voice, bearing no hint of emotion, empathy, or apathy, for that matter.
Vishnu Vichu's facebook live video of two cops morally policing him and his girlfriend, marks a new chapter in journalism in India. Not only does facebook live function as a distress signal for the citizens, but through it Vichu also assumed the role of a citizen journalist
In the 21st century, films which are bold, provocative and re-sculpting the language of Indian cinema should be welcomed with open arms, not suppressed.
In this country, where conversations regarding women and their concerns are often eclipsed, there is alarming rise in the number of caesareans, feeding the healthcare industry's money-making agenda
Educational institutes in India have gained a notoriety for upholding and disseminating archaic ideologies pertaining to gender roles, relationships and gender identities. The Health Ministry's kit challenges these very social norms and taboos.
Last year, the debate of having a Mayoral committee entered public discourse, when Shashi Tharoor introduced it into the Parliament as a private member's bill.
There has been a surge of beautifully crafted, intelligently told Indian advertisements that either prod us to engage in sociopolitical issues with greater furor, or address issues pertaining to gender inequality and same-sex relationships
One could argue that this step would reflect better in population control. Would it though? Or would just make it far worse for pregnant women who desperately need financial assistance?
While Irani's effort to drag Priyanka into a petty political battle may be deemed as petulant behavior, all eyes are currently on Priyanka who is campaigning in Raebareli
In the last two months, Tamil Nadu has dominated the media attention. In the last two months, there have been two swearing in ceremonies, a funeral and a prison sentence; there has been Cyclone Vardah and the Jallikattu fiasco. Perhaps it's time to finally move on.
The MNS nominates the wives of two party members who participated in wrecking havoc before the release of Ae Dil Hai Muskhil. In doing so, it conveys that those who participate in gunda-gardi will be rewarded, directly or indirectly.
Consider this to be a swift boost for the Indian morale to stratospheric levels. With its 35th successful PSLV (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle ) mission, this is a proud moment for India – its homegrown space agency has successfully transcended the records established by Russia and the United States.
Can we explicitly convey our sense of patriotism? Can we express how emotionally bound we are to our country?
Valentine's Day has the proclivity to be more awkward than romantic – most of the time. Everyone is running on high expectations. Everyone is high-strung. At the same time, they are squirming with anxiety, uncertain whether they can “deliver” in equal measure.
In a response to a petition backed by 82,000 supporters to improve the railway facilities for disabled people, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu asked the public for ideas. And we came up with a list.
Since the Indian railways aren't disabled-friendly, Virali Modi has been dependent on porters to board the train. She was manhandled by them on three separate occasions.
The party's Programme for Women Empowerment features a pledge that if voted to power the party would offer Rs. 2 lakhs to men who marry disabled or widowed women. It's an incentive to marry primarily for monetary reasons -- and that's a cause for concern