Swati Saxena

Swati works as a researcher at a non-profit. She is interested in politics, literature, gender, and society. She has an MPhil in Development Studies from University of Oxford and a PhD in Public Health from LSHTM.

Articles By Swati Saxena

Love marriages must be protected, for sake of lovers, society

Recent Supreme Court judgment states that “the human rights of a daughter, brother, sister or son are not mortgaged to the so-called or so-understood honour of the family or clan or the collective”

Why 2017 was a significant year for feminism in India?

Even the Merriam-Webster dictionary declared that the word for 2017 is 'feminism'

Tackling nepotism: Society, government need to level the playing field

Merit and academic/professional achievements can never exist in a classless isolation. In real world, there are no level playing fields.

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and Befikre: What the latest Bollywood fare misses about ‘modern love’

The focus is on protagonists own struggle with love and relationships; there is little or no involvement of parents or for that matter even society.

Of bucket lists, ticket stubs: The false philosophy of latest travel trends

Travel is not the only and rather seldom the means to broaden one’s horizons or change a person for the better. It is not some neatly packaged version of your personal Eat-Pray-Love.

From Grimm to Disney: How popular fairy tales have evolved into new age feminist anthems

Disney is rewriting and completely reimagining the fairy tales with strong feminist heroines and brave young people subverting gender roles and traditional ideas of romance and courtship.

Revisiting Charles Dickens’ Hard Times: Narendra Modi and the myth of a self-made man

The rhetoric of ‘if a chai wallah can become the PM why can’t you?’ is dishonest on several counts.

How a silent women revolution is underway in the villages of Uttar Pradesh

In the RGMVP model, they saw the tremendous power of the group and the strength that comes through collective organisation and therein lays the genesis of an innovative idea

Shani Shingnapur temple protests: Can’t worship women as goddesses and also deny them right to pray

If religious customs are not in tune with contemporary ideas of women rights then for every one step forward there will be two steps back.

Sunny Leone interview: A classic case of a man silencing the woman by hijacking her story

Our society’s discomfort with sexuality and especially with women’s sexuality has meant that it has always tried to view sexual pleasure with guilt and shame.

The Ordinariness of Genius: Through the characters of Imtiaz Ali’s ‘Tamasha’

In 'Tamasha', Ved is supposed to be finally living his creative vision. And yet no one takes a moment to acknowledge the fact that his quest of rediscovery has no basis

Eunuchs in India: Through the prisms of society, history, and politics

The existence of eunuchs in the society, challenges the system not only to acknowledge multiple sexes, but also to accept the idea, in myth and reality, that sex and gender can be changed within an individual’s lifetime.

India needs to rethink proposed changes to labour laws: Here’s why

NDA’s new Labour Code Wage bill may not be the best answer to boost economic productivity.