Thursday, Dec 08, 2022



Anti-hijab protests in Iran: Symptom of a deeper restlessness among the youth

November 22, 2022 1:11 pm

By pushing the narrative about protests benefiting external enemies, the Iranian regime is hoping to appeal to nationalist sentiments, while also justifying its violent crackdown. Without genuine reforms, Iran’s leaders might be engaging in a temporary firefighting exercise

Hijab: Point and Counter point

October 24, 2022 5:47 am

The controversy is between ‘Choice’ and ‘Rule’. ‘Choice’ represents freedom, dignity, diversity. ‘Rule’ is often a product of majoritarianism, drive for uniformity. ‘Choice’ will yield to ‘Rule’ in certain situations — public order, decency, morality and health... Absent such grounds, ‘Choice’ must prevail

Iran athlete says competed without hijab 'inadvertently': What is the Elnaz Rekabi case

October 18, 2022 8:34 pm

Amid concerns that Elnaz Rekabi would be arrested once she returned to Iran, the athlete has put an Instagram post, apologising for 'causing worry'. Questions are being raised on whether the post was made under pressure. We explain what is happening.

Iran says four prisoners killed and 61 injured in Evin prison fire

October 16, 2022 4:59 pm

Protests sparked by Mahsa Amini's death enter second month

Tavleen Singh writes: Why should a bad religious idea be accepted at all?

October 16, 2022 2:56 pm

In these Hindutva times, it is easy to understand why Muslims feel that their identity and religion are under attack. The hate speeches by BJP leaders and the bile vomited out on social media turns my stomach.

Hijab, Najeeb Ahmed and the struggles of Muslim students in higher education

October 15, 2022 2:37 pm

Entering institutions of higher education is only the first step. After that begins the arduous journey of transgressing established hierarchies of language, region and caste and overcoming stereotypes.

To veil or not to veil: Why the hijab has been central to Iranian politics for over a century

October 20, 2022 8:34 pm

While under the Shah's regime the veil was banned in Iran, it was made mandatory after the Islamic revolution of 1979. During the Iran-Iraq war the hijab in Iran underwent yet another tranformation as it was made a symbol of Shia Islam.

Narrative on hijab, in Iran and India, frames our attitudes towards minorities

October 15, 2022 2:50 pm

Shahrukh Alam writes: Political minorities organise around their primary identity, and all other inequalities and bigotries within remain suspended in the moment, especially when faced with a “disciplining state”. The hijab case is a good place to ask how individual members of a political minority negotiate their freedoms vis-à-vis their community?

On Womanhood: A Quiz on Challenges and Changemakers

October 11, 2022 5:56 pm

Oct 11 is the International Day of the Girl Child: a time to reflect on systemic issues faced by women, and how to overcome them. This quiz should give you much to think about.

In a patriarchal society, the question remains: Does wearing hijab indicate free will?

September 30, 2022 5:15 pm

Aditi Narayani Paswan and Shahla Tabassum write: As women's bodies continue to be policed to serve as a narrative for contentious politics, we find ourselves at an intersection of dichotomous meanings of positive and negative liberty. Turning religious parochialism into a political issue serves neither religious agenda nor women.


In Pictures: Anti-veil protests go beyond Iran

September 28, 2022 7:34 pm

Iranian state TV has suggested that at least 41 protesters and police have been killed.

In Pictures: Iranian women cut their hair in public to protest against hijab rules following Mahsa Amini's death

September 21, 2022 1:55 pm

Mahsa Amini died on Friday following her arrest earlier in the week by the country’s ‘morality police’. She went into a coma and suffered a heart attack following her detention, according to media reports.

Delhi to Bengal: Women take to streets to protest Karnataka hijab ban in educational institutions

February 11, 2022 9:50 pm

The interest of students in Karnataka will be served better if they return to classes rather than raise protests over issues like wearing the hijab and saffron shawls in classrooms, a full bench of the Karnataka High Court has stated

Malaysian make-up artist uses hijab to transform into Disney princesses and villains

February 28, 2016 1:37 pm

This Malaysian make-up artist has been using the hijab to transform herself into various popular characters from comic books and Disney.