Articles by Gita Aravamudan
May 08, 2020
With roots in democratic socialism, how the 'Kerala model' ranks well-being above wealth for its peopleHow did Kerala become a model for development and social reform? The answer lies in its several movements that worked in tandem over a period of time, slowly eroding the old unjust power structures, and working towards establishing a more equitable society.
Apr 13, 2020
With Kerala's nurses on frontlines of coronavirus fight, a brief history of nursing profession in the stateHistorically, intrepid nurses from Kerala travelled to remote corners of the country and the world — a trend that continues today, as they are on the frontlines of the fight against the coronavirus outbreak.
Feb 25, 2020
Assisted Reproductive Technology Regulation Bill addresses regulation lacunae in fertility industry, but its non-inclusiveness is troublingWhen it comes to women and their wombs, legislators don’t seem to understand the necessity of having well thought out, supportive — and timely — laws. The Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) Regulation Bill 2020 is a case in point.
Feb 18, 2020
Mohan Bhagwat may 'blame' education, affluence for incidents of divorce, but most vulnerable remain trapped in difficult marriagesDespite the rise from 0.50 per 1000 in 1988 to 3.0 in 2015, India still has one of the lowest divorce rates in the world. It is the educated and affluent who have the means and the social support to go through with a divorce.
Dec 05, 2019
Exploitation, trauma and sexual anarchy: Sister Lucy Kalappurakkal and Jesme's stories shed light on a church engulfed in moral turmoilKarthavinte Namathil (In the Name of Christ), the tell-all autobiography of Sister Lucy Kalappurakkal, has come out at a time when the church in Kerala is going through a phase of intense moral turmoil.
Nov 28, 2019
Sabarimala row: Women devotees bear the brunt as politicians, interest groups continue to weaponise temple entry issueIt’s still early days — the Sabarimala season continues till mid-January. But the message has already been delivered: No person in authority, no government official, no police personnel is going to protect a woman who is of “menstruating age” if she tries to enter the shrine.
Nov 15, 2019
Bishop Franco Mulakkal case mirrors trajectory of #MeToo movement, how backlash has impacted survivorsIn cases like that of Bishop Franco Mulakkal and many men named in the #MeToo movement, the all-powerful male professional network kicked in months after the allegations were made public, and the women who were courageous enough to speak up lost jobs and assignments. It has now reached a stage where the survivors who complain against the powerful are vilified and the accused are ironically projected as victims.
Sep 12, 2019
As an AP woman bears children at 74, ethics of fertility treatments and necessary restrictions must be grappled withFertility experts strongly feel that this growing trend of using IVF to satisfy the demands of over-aged parents is setting a detrimental precedent. The Assisted Reproductive Technology (Regulation) Bill, 2017, which continues to lie in cold storage, is the only proposed legislation which deals with a situation like this.
Sep 04, 2019
Mission Mangal undermines hard work of ISRO's women scientists by oversimplifying science, focusing on personal livesMission Mangal is like a well-made ad film which successfully uses every possible trope and well-tested stereotype in order to reach a larger audience. Its focus remains the domestic issues of its characters, who bond over solving complicated technical challenges using some sort of naive "scientific" jugaad
Aug 11, 2019
Surrogacy Bill 2019 disempowers women, supersedes more pressing legislation on artificial reproductive technologyIt is obvious to anyone acquainted with fertility treatment that it is the whole process of Artificial Reproductive Technology (ART) which has to be regulated. Surrogacy is just one small aspect of it. Passing such a Bill before passing the ART Bill (which has been in cold storage for more than a decade) is meaningless.