Articles by Gita Aravamudan
Feb 13, 2018
Of sati, lore of queens confined to palaces, and the modern-day Rajasthani girls who danceWhat a visit to Rajasthan's palaces, where reminders of the women who committed sati still exist, taught a writer about the way women are treated in the state | #FirstCulture
Jan 15, 2018
Behind the storm over Tamil lyricist Vairamuthu's comments over poet-saint AndalIncidents like the row over Vairamuthu's Andal comments only perpetuate a variety of misogyny | #FirstCulture
Dec 29, 2017
#MeToo campaign to Raya Sarkar's list: How the feminist movement changed in 2017While feminists fought for basic social justice in terms of employment and education in the pre-2000s era, 2017 showed that now the focus is on tackling harassment and giving women agency #YearInReview
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?