Articles by Gita Aravamudan
Nov 18, 2017
Sexual harassment debate rages, but little help for women employed in unorganised sectorWomen working in the unorganised sector need as much protection from sexual harassment as their sisters who work in established organisations | #FWeekend
Nov 10, 2017
Row over Tipu Sultan Jayanti celebrations in Karnataka: Who really was Tipu? Usurper or saviour of Mysuru?So who really was Tipu Sultan? Freedom fighter? Social reformer? Secularist who donated largesse to religious institutions? Or was he a religious fanatic who forcibly converted thousands of Hindus and Christians into Islam? Was he a superb war strategist who used the famous indigenously made Mysore rockets to fight valiantly against the British? Or was he an ambitious ruler of his times whose perception of humanity and the value of human lives was very different from what it is today? Was he an usurper of the kingdom of Mysore or its savior?
Oct 15, 2017
Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment row: What we need to get right about 'consent'Consent is a complex issue. But it's one we cannot take for granted.
Sep 03, 2017
Child trafficking, 'manufactured orphans': The dark underbelly of inter-country adoption in IndiaThere was a boom in inter country adoption in India back in the 1970s-80s. Now adults, many of those adopted children are trying to trace their roots — to shocking conclusions.
Aug 27, 2017
Women engineers and gender parity: Where do Indian companies stand?Acknowledging that there is a female pattern of achievement which takes a different path from the conventional male one would go a long way in achieving gender parity
Jul 16, 2017
As confusion over surrogacy in India deepens, who cares about the surrogate mother?With surrogate mothers being mistreated during recent raids on fertility clinics in Hyderabad, the spotlight is once again on the urgent need to have a proper regulatory body which will address the issue of surrogacy
Jul 09, 2017
Sexism, patriarchy in the film industry make women's collectives the need of the hour across film industriesWill the Women’s Collective be able to stem this sort of deep rot which is rooted in unbridled patriarchy? Will it be able to ensure that the women in this field get the same benefits which their sisters in other professions have?
Jul 02, 2017
Larissa Waters and breastfeeding in public: Can ordinary working women do the same?MP Larissa Waters breastfeeding her baby in Australian parliament is commendable, but how relevant are such gestures to ordinary working women anywhere in the world?
Jun 10, 2017
IIT scholar Manjula Devak's suicide shows that in India, dowry is still a silent killer of womenThe death of Manjula Devak, a PhD scholar from IIT Delhi, has exposed a society which still views women only as bringers of dowry. Not as sentient humans beings with lives, dreams and abilities of their own.
May 27, 2017
From triple talaq to honour killing, 'tradition' is an excuse used to suppress womenFrom triple talaq to honour killings, sati, johar, infanticide — why are traditions that harm women seen as protective mechanisms?