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Young women arrested for Facebook post – where is the democracy?

Note: Quite late on this, but the video linked here is an interesting watch. Women arrested for Facebook post: Did cops act under Sena pressure? Video: NDTV.com. Linked above is a video from NDTV with opinions on the news about 21-year-old girls being arrested for their Facebook posts about the bandh in Bombay/Mumbai/whatever you call… Continue reading Young women arrested for Facebook post – where is the democracy?

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The women’s gangs of India. – By Amana Fontanella-Khan – Slate Magazine

Sampat Pal Devi of the gulabi In March, the Indian upper parliament passed a historic affirmative-action bill. If approved by the lower house, the law would reserve 33 percent of all parliamentary seats for women. You might think this would be well-received by rural women in India. But they long ago gave up on the… Continue reading The women’s gangs of India. – By Amana Fontanella-Khan – Slate Magazine

Journalism, Globalisation and Development · MA Magazine Journalism

Soaps of our Indian lives

Many years ago, the mailboxes of a television network crashed. Newspapers were writing of the tragedy of someone’s death. People were in tears. Why? Because a character on a television soap died (eventually the makers of the series had to bring the character ‘back to life’ under immense public pressure). The power of television in… Continue reading Soaps of our Indian lives

Journalism, Globalisation and Development · MA Magazine Journalism

Honour (?) in the modern world

As is my wont to ask random questions, I once put forth this query to someone I knew: “What is your take on honour killings? He replied: “I think it’s acceptable under some circumstances.” I was – and still am – aghast that an educated person could think that a ritual as barbaric as honour… Continue reading Honour (?) in the modern world

Journalism, Globalisation and Development · MA Magazine Journalism

Bridging the Digital Divide

Every morning, I’m on my Chrome 4.1 browser checking my many email accounts (of which I have 7. Or 8. I can never remember), looking at my Twitter feed on Seesmic and Skype-ing away simultaneously. All this before my breakfast, mind you. Yet some people haven’t even seen a computer, forget knowing what a ‘trending… Continue reading Bridging the Digital Divide

Journalism, Globalisation and Development · MA Magazine Journalism

Of Pink Pants and Eve-Teasing

July 2003: I was 16 and for the most part, ungainly and awkward. I had volunteered to assist the school librarian during the summer vacation to re-organize stacks of books in the library. My trade-off was getting books to read. One day, I took a shortcut on my walk home which meant passing through a… Continue reading Of Pink Pants and Eve-Teasing