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Vidyut

Vidyut

Guest Blogger

Vidyut is a Mumbai-based blogger and commentator on subjects related to national interest, social dynamics, governance, and learning. She writes at AamJanata.com.

Articles

Selling women short in the name of fighting for their rights

Selling women short in the name of fighting for their rights

By — February 12, 2014
There is a movement in India that is seeking to secure 33 percent of seats for women in elected bodies. And while the "intellectuals" are racking up op-eds and the celebrities are lavishing their endorsements for the Women's Reservation Bill, I have some serious reservations of my own. more »
Measuring self-worth in units of male approval: Marriage in India

Measuring self-worth in units of male approval: Marriage in India

By — January 23, 2014
While women’s rights in India have begun to make news this year, we are barely off the starting line yet. The news includes domestic and international outrage over the gang rapes of strangers, but these make up a very small percentage of the sexual attacks in the country. In India, more than 90 percent of rapes are committed by people known to the victim, according to a 2012 report by India’s National Crime Records Bureau. more »
Why has it become normal to dehumanize women in India?

Why has it become normal to dehumanize women in India?

By — January 6, 2014
Two years ago, on New Year’s Eve, a girl was molested on the streets of Delhi in front of a crowd. The video went viral—as did the spectacle of a mob of men falling upon the woman and the police thrashing the rabid mob with lathis (batons) like a pack of dogs. more »
An open letter to the chief minister of Delhi, Sheila Dixit

An open letter to the chief minister of Delhi, Sheila Dixit

By — December 27, 2012
Dear Mrs. Dixit: I have read your comments on the Delhi gang-rape. I applaud your honesty in admitting failure, in admitting the dangerous condition of Delhi for women and your determination that there must be change. In a more cynical mood, I think that it is easy for you to make these admissions considering that you are not in charge of security. However, you are in charge of the city and the mindset thriving in it makes this your responsibility. more »