articles by Sanjukta Basu

India

'Every govt misuses CBI': Ex-joint director Shantonu Sen on skeletons in agency's closet and turf war controversy

Firstpost spoke to ex-CBI joint director Shantonu Sen to try to understand what ails India's premier investigating agency

India

Ankit Saxena's father Yashpal brave for hating no religion after son's murder, but let’s not ignore his vulnerabilities

The fact that Hindutva groups are continuously trying to communalise the tragedy is not lost on Ankit Saxena's family and they absolutely do not welcome such moves.

India

RSS affiliate complains against cervical cancer vaccine: Should patriarchal organisations opine about women's health?

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has decided to ignore the serious issue of cervical cancer adhering to recommendations from an organisation affiliated to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.

India

Karwan e Mohabbat: Uncovering how violence against minorities has been normalised

Snapshots from Harsh Mander’s Karwan E Mohabbat, a month long journey that started from Assam and traveled to Jharkhand, Karnataka, Delhi, UP, Haryana, Rajasthan and Gujarat, meeting families of Dalit and Muslim victims of lynching

long-reads

Where are the women in Bengaluru?

In the final part of the gender and public space series, we explore India's IT capital — Bengaluru.

long-reads

Where are the women in Chennai?

In the third part of the gender and public space series, we explore the streets of Chennai.

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Where are the women in Kolkata?

In the third part of our series on gender and public space, we explore Kolkata

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Where are the women in Mumbai?

Men outnumber women in the Fort precinct, which is considered the heart of Mumbai.

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Where are the women in Delhi?

In an area like Delhi's Connaught Place, one should be able to observe women and men accessing and enjoying the public spaces equally.

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Where are the women?

A photo series to document urban women’s experience of accessing public space through photographs in five major cities: Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore and Mumbai.

Politics

Narendra Modi replaces Gandhi in charkha photo: What is the BJP govt trying to prove?

What is being advertised in these calendars is not Narendra Modi the Prime Minister nor Modi the BJP leader. Modi here is not even representing government policies and successes story.

Life

Delhi's Kathputli Colony demolition: Residents protest the loss of homes, and a way of life

As approximately 2800 families to be relocated from Delhi’s well known Kathputli Colony in Shadipur await their new homes, and lose their old ones, photographer Sanjukta Basu is on hand to document the transition

Life

The Women of Nizamuddin Basti: Aga Khan Trust for Culture brings a new light into their lives

AKTC’s efforts to improve the quality of life in the Basti has positively impacted 9,000 lives within the Basti alone.

India

Triple talaq: Why Flavia Agnes' position on Shayara Bano's SC petition is anti-women

The fight to seek a ban on triple talaq is difficult. How the women fighting for it deserve anything but applause is something Flavia Agnes needs to answer.

India

Sandeep Kumar scandal: Shed no tears for the AAP MLA's wife, even law on adultery can't help her

Adultery law in India is one of the most regressive laws and goes against everything women’s movement has ever fought for — dignity, individuality and the basic right to be treated as human beings.

India

Tarun Sagar, male gaze and the legislative assembly: Is obscenity limited to men's definitions?

When invited by the Haryana Education Minister to speak at the assembly, Jain Digambar monk Tarun Sagar arrived wearing his religion on his sleeves – stark naked.

Life

Lessons in hope: Babar Ali, the youngest headmaster in the world, offers students a lifeline

At the Ananda Shiksha Niketan, Babar Ali — the youngest headmaster in the world as per BBC — is helping educate children from impoverished backgrounds

India

Maneka Gandhi's remark on paternity leave is justified as most men don't perform domestic work

Paternity leave is important in theory because it establishes the fact that child care is the responsibility of both husband and wife. However, Gandhi’s apprehension is also justifiable.

Politics

Manipur should take the struggle over from Irom Sharmila instead of abandoning her

Shame on the people of Manipur who made Irom Sharmila feel dejected by preventing her from entering Kaisampat area of Imphal town.

India

An open letter to the teen survivor of the Bulandshahr rape: Be very angry, do not be ashamed

Within few hours, television, newspaper and digital medai, all over the country flashed the headlines, ‘Mother daughter gang raped on NH 91 in Bulandshahr.’