articles by Shubhra Dixit

India

A Bhopal-based project is working with persecuted denotified tribes to bring in much-needed legal interventions

The Criminal Justice and Police Accountability Project (CPAProject) is a research and litigation intervention against criminalisation of communities and on decarceration. Their new initiative is aimed at denotified tribes, as well as other communities that are similarly persecuted and stigmatised by the criminal justice system.

long-reads

Rohit Shetty's Simmba is a throwback to Hindi films' depiction of rape as 'entertainment'

Growing up on a diet of Hindi films, it’s hard to have missed the depiction of on-screen sexual violence on women, what it entails and how they should feel following the violation — that is, if they aren’t killed or commit suicide.

India

Conversations with 'Urban Naxals': Six podcasts that'll help you spot a member of the species in the wild

Are you an Urban Naxal? How many Urban Naxals do you know? Would you be able to spot an Urban Naxal in the wild? Do you even know what an Urban Naxal is?

India

Conversations with 'Urban Naxals', Ep#6 Sanjay Rajoura: 'Those who try to get justice for people are branded as Urban Naxals'

Sanjay Rajoura is a stand up artist and actor and part of the collective Aisi Taisi Democracy.

India

Conversations with 'Urban naxals', Ep#5 Nakul Singh Sawhney: 'It'll be nice of those who coined the term, to tell us what it means'

Nakul Singh Sawhney is an independent filmmaker and founder of ChalChitra Abhiyaan, a film and media collective based out of West UP. He is the director of Muzaffarnagar Baaqi Hai, Izzatnagri Ki Asabhya Betiyan and others.

India

Conversations with 'Urban Naxals' Ep #4, TISS student: 'If showing dissent is being an urban naxal, then I might be termed so'

In this episode, we talk to Himanshu Saikia, a masters student at the School of Media and Cultural Studies at Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS).

India

Conversations with "Urban Naxals" Ep #3, Koel Sen: 'Those making terms like Urban Naxals are ones who are breaking India'

Koel Sen is a filmmaker whose mother Shoma Sen was arrested in June for her alleged role in the Bhima Koregaon violence.

India

Conversations with "Urban Naxals" Ep #1, Susan Abraham: 'Frankly, I do not know the definition of an Urban Naxal'

The first conversation we had was with Susan Abraham who is a lawyer and whose husband Vernon Gonsalves was one of the five arrested on 28 August. This was recorded a day after, on 29 August.

India

Administration clueless as tar balls wash up along India’s western coast; experts claim it's a deep, recurring problem

Even though Central Board of Pollution Control claims that there has been no oil spill along India's western coast, tar balls are not only more excessive than previous years, they are also bigger in size, with beaches from Southern Gujarat, Daman and now even Mumbai’s coastline being covered with waxy formations lending the air a distinctly oily smell

India

Rethinking pornography: Cyber Sexy author Richa Kaul Padte makes the case for decriminalising porn in India

Author Richa Kaul Padte talks about her book Cyber Sexy: Rethinking Pornography and makes a case for decriminalising porn in India.

India

Rethinking pornography: Cyber Sexy author Richa Kaul Padte makes the case for decriminalising porn in India

Author Richa Kaul Padte talks about her book Cyber Sexy: Rethinking Pornography and makes a case for decriminalising porn in India.

Life

Documentary Veil Done shows three women's struggle to be fit against domestic duties and lack of support

Health or fitness can be an elusive pursuit for so many of us, but for the three women in Veil Done, it involves a fight to win their right to exercise

Life

Documentary Name|Place|Animal|Thing introduces Karnataka’s Hakki Pikki tribe and its oddly named people

'Government', 'Division', 'English', 'Jailer', 'Settle' are all names of people from Karnataka's nomadic Hakki Pikki tribe, the subject of Nitin R's National Film Award-winning documentary Name|Place|Animal|Thing

Life

A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings: An unsettling portrait of Manohar Aich, India’s most famous bodybuilder

This film on the ‘Pocket Hercules’ Manohar Aich won a special jury award at the National Film Awards. Aich was the second Indian to win the Mr Universe title

Entertainment

As Childish Gambino's 'This is America' breaks the internet, a playlist of protest music from the Indian subcontinent

In the wake of Childish Gambino’s ‘This is America’, we take a look at what Indian Ocean's Rahul Ram would call “educated middle class protest music”

Life

Protest meeting seeking justice for Kathua, Unnao victims sees demands for sex offender registry, death penalty for rapists

Snapshots of the protests at Mumbai's Carter Road, seeking justice for the victims in the Kathua and Unnao rape cases

long-reads

Inside Dantewada's Phagun Madai celebrations

The nine-day celebration of this festival in Bastar's Dantewada is marked by the enactment of a story from the Ramayana, among other rituals | #FirstCulture

Life

Mumbai couple appeals President of India for 'active euthanasia': Why the Lavates want a 'mercy death'

“What is the purpose?” That’s what 78-year-old Irawati Lavate and her husband, 87-year-old Narayan Lavate want to know about their continuing existence.

Life

Jagriti Yatra 2017: Meet the Internet Saathis — women who are empowering themselves using technology

On board the Jagriti Yatra this year are some Internet Saathis — women who have learnt to use the Internet and are now imparting these skills to others