Articles by Gita Aravamudan
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?
May 07, 2017
Pascal Mazurier-Suja Jones case ruling shows the 'motherhood' trope has become farcicalSociety has a skewed view of motherhood, and years and years of patriarchal brainwashing has made women draw 'Lakshman rekhas' around themselves
Apr 30, 2017
Neha Rastogi-Abhishek Gattani case shows the many faces of domestic violenceThe Neha Rastogi and Abhishek Gattani case shows that domestic violence can flourish even in sunny California — the Mecca of middle-class India's dreams
Apr 22, 2017
Maharashtra's mandatory sex determination move will victimise women, not those exploiting their wombsMaking sex determination tests mandatory, as proposed in Maharashtra, is fraught with issues
Apr 02, 2017
The lost and found girls of UsilampattiUsilampatti, near Madurai, was infamous for its large incidence of female infanticide. Then, a number of its 'missing daughters' were found living in an illegal missionary-run home in nearby Tiruchi.
Mar 05, 2017
International Women's Day 2017: Kerala and the myth of matriarchyIn the matrilineal joint families of Kerala, patriarchs — not matriarchs — actually ruled the roost
Jan 21, 2017
Rajasthan is cracking down on illegal sex determination tests: Can other states follow suit?The Rajasthan Government’s PCPNDT Cell, under the direction of Naveen Jain, is cracking down on illegal sex determination tests in the state. Can the model be replicated in other states too?
Nov 06, 2016
Karnataka's Tipu Sultan Jayanti row: 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 23, 2016
India's disappearing daughters: Child sex ratios continue to plummet all over the countryStudies now indicate that hitherto relatively unaffected Indian states now have also got plunging child sex ratios.