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Nandini Rathi


Nandini Rathi is a former journalist with, now based in the US.

Black Lives Matter: South Asian Americans come to terms with own anti-blackness
Thu, Jun 18, 2020

Crucially, the young generation that is unafraid to introspect within and initiate difficult conversations is increasingly putting its weight behind anti-black racism and casteism within.

How Syrian Independence Day marks 72nd anniversary of France’s unceremonious exit from Levant
Wed, Apr 18, 2018

Syria, a French mandate since 1920 till independence in 1946, had been under the domain of the Ottoman administration for more than 400 years.

How Indian Railways came on track of luxury travel
Thu, Apr 12, 2018

Convenience and luxury travel in the Indian Railways are as old as the entity itself. It is another matter that barely a miniscule number of Indians beyond the royalty could avail of it for around a century.

Lean on Me: The radio show which has been a friend to many Indian women
Mon, Apr 02, 2018

#GenderAnd: Sakhi Saheli, a synonym for girlfriend, is a popular show on All India Radio’s Vividh Bharti, running for nearly 15 years now.

This is how the Jain community has survived test of the times
Fri, Mar 30, 2018

The community’s tenacity and survival can be attributed to its intra-community bonding and relative affluence as a result of engagement with trade and commerce as its primary occupation.

New ‘WomenInTech’ forum launched to promote STEM career interest and capability among girls
Wed, Mar 28, 2018

Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), India kicked start a collaborative industry initiative to address the sharp lack of women in STEM careers via new forum called ‘WomeninTech,’ which aims to address the gap at various levels through a multi-pronged approach.

Behind the languages you speak, a complex link to who you are
Sat, Mar 24, 2018

Describing somebody as an owl (‘ullu’) will have very different implications in Hindi and English: the same person will be thought to be wise and bookish in English and a fool in Hindi.

Why southern stars like Sridevi found more success in Bollywood
Sat, Mar 03, 2018

From Vyjayanthimala, Padmini and Waheeda Rehman to Hema Malini, Rekha, Jaya Prada and Sridevi, south Indian female actors on the whole have been historically quite successful in blurring the linguistic and topographic boundaries in cinema than their male counterparts.

Hemp without the high: Legal side still smoky, but cannabis startups eye areas from fabric to medicine
Tue, Feb 20, 2018

The legality of cannabis use in India has been a subject matter of debate from the British rule to as recent as 2017. But India is finally warming up to R&D in this area.

Why the story of the sari is as complex as its pleats
Mon, Feb 19, 2018

A glance into the sari’s uneven origins, colonial-era influences and confluent meanings encourages wearers to go beyond its broadstroke projection as a ‘timeless’ marker of pan-Indian-womanhood.

The Whole Nine Yards
Thu, Feb 15, 2018

The sari has seen many mutations, affected by culture, region, and social meanings.

How India’s foreign policy vis-a-vis Palestine evolved
Sat, Feb 10, 2018

The first modern political ties between India and the Arab world were forged over a common opposition of British imperialism, when Palestinians were looked upon by Indian nationalists as fellow brothers-in-bondage.      

How India’s Republic Day parade evolved from its early years
Thu, Feb 08, 2018

Republic Day 2018: India's spectacular Republic Day parade in its first two decades had the flavor of newly-formed nation.

Indian spouses on edge as Trump administration wants to revoke H-4 EAD policy, voice fears
Sat, Jan 27, 2018

The Donald Trump administration is potentially out to revoke the Obama-era H4 EAD rule, which extended employment authorisation to certain dependant spouses of the H-1B holders seeking a lawful permanent resident status.

Durgabai Deshmukh: A trailblazer and institution-builder, devoted to public service
Sat, Jan 27, 2018

#GenderAnd special series on the women who helped draft the Constitution of India and toiled for nation-building.

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.