The rulebook for behavior towards women colleagues is the same as earlier. It’s men who need to toe the line and be more sensitive. One of the silliest things a man said right after the #MeToo storm took off in India was that it’s better to avoid talking to women colleagues! Another misguided remark was that men should not joke with women. Yet another guy was shamed … [Read more...] about How to behave around women in office
The positive facets of India’s fierce MeToo moment have been both quietly and vocally internalised, at least in metropolitan India. Following revelations of alleged harassment and obnoxious behaviour by men in authority who should have known better, there is now heightened awareness of the need to be gender sensitive in personal and professional behaviour. Men in high … [Read more...] about If harassment was open secret, why the conspiracy of silence?
Dear Mohan Bhagwatji, In your Vijayadashami speech in Nagpur, you spoke on whether women had the right to freely enter the Sabarimala temple. You said the faith and traditions of crores of devotees for centuries were ignored by the Supreme Court. You added that mere laws could never create a harmonious society, and decisions on matters of faith, taken without patiently creating … [Read more...] about Do only Muslim women get rights, Mr Bhagwat?
The question put to Secretary Mike Pompeo at the conclusion of his fact-finding trip to Riyadh and Ankara was simple and direct: Is Jamal Khashoggi dead? “I don’t want to talk about any of the facts,” he responded showing that in this shocking case, determining life and death was more complex. Perhaps the Trump administration would need to enlist its … [Read more...] about The Khashoggi mystery: Dismembered body parts of a dissident journalist could be a valuable alliance’s unpleasant byproduct
RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat had appeared to signal glasnost on the part of the hard right Hindutva organisation, with recent talk of accommodating minorities and political opponents, fealty to the Constitution and even of secularism. But that mask has slipped lately. Bhagwat has returned to the strident old ways of the Sangh by demanding that government bring in a law right away to … [Read more...] about Dissonant, Divisive: Far from detente, Bhagwat ups Mandir pitch