Women barred from entering temples: Discrimination or case of patriarchal hegemony?

Recent controversies regarding the age-old traditions of barring women from entering two temples have rekindled the debate on discrimination. Forced attempts to enter the Shani temple at Shingnapur in Maharashtra and the legal efforts to entire the Sabarimala temple at Kerala is in the news. Views on this range from the unfairness of the discrimination against women, in a country …

The ‘history’ of Bharat Mata

Invoking Bharat Mata in the much-independent India sounds odd, at least keeping in mind its history. The goddess has become a rallying point in proving ones nationalism and patriotism, two very common words in the common lexicon of India today. The question is – To say or not to say ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’. India is a country with numerous …

Drought Demons

Just what is it about drought that brings out the worst in mankind? How do we define drought – is it the tyranny of nature or should we say, it’s the sheer absence of nature? Major parts of our country is suffering from drought or drought-like conditions leading to displacement of people and farmer suicides, while the other half is …