Transwomen, HIV and sex-work in India 

To an eight-year-old in an Indian playground, the term ‘gay’ or ‘Hijra’ is often a slur, to be spoken in hushed tones around adults or in spiteful retort to his friends’ insults. But this isn’t out of ignorance, or out of belligerent hatred towards the LGBTQIA+ community. It is a product of  social conditioning. Even today, we openly hold biases against those who do not belong to the ‘status quo’ i.e the cisgender and heterosexual population. In the wake of the scrubbing of the article 377, even conservative pockets of India have opened an eye towards the LGBTQIA+. Whether it is for the better or for the worse is debatable. Ignorance is still abundant, and there is a long way to go till acceptance of the LGBTQIA+ in India trickles down to all walks of life. 

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Impact of the Taliban rule on Afghan women 

The Taliban have hurled back into power, and the Afghans are not alone in having to face this brutal reality. The Taliban, which means “students” in the Pashto language surfaced in 1994, around the city of Kandahar. Seventeen years later, the country is still in mayhem as the Taliban have taken over almost 60 percent of the country, the most territory it has controlled since the year 2001.

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Lessons from Diana

No one who knew Diana will ever forget her. Millions of others who never met her, but felt they knew her, will remember her. I, for one, believe there are lessons to be drawn from her life and from the extraordinary and moving reaction to her death. I share in your determination to cherish her memory.”

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In the Pursuit of my Heart

In March of 2021, the Madras High Court was approached by two women. These two women, aged 22 and 20, were a lesbian couple. The respondents (the couple) had missing-girl-complaints filed by their respective parents after these two women fled to Chennai. They had to leave their home towns because their parents disapproved of their relationship.

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In The Spirit Of Kindness

I was reading a paper by the Genpact Centre For Women’s Leadership named “Predicament Of Returning Mothers”. The paper intents to explore reasons due to which women drop working in corporate offices after their maternity leave elapses. The researchers undertook this task by interviewing women who work in corporates and media houses.

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