Treading Lightly: Tackling ‘Caste’ Depictions in Bollywood

Recently, Bollywood has been churning out a barrage of “decent” movies. After decades of mind-numbing escapism where we have seen movies like Humshakals and Dhamaal, we have finally reached a stage in hindi cinema, where bold filmmakers seem ready to tackle current social issues head on. One such recent release is Article 15 starring Ayushmann… Read More

The Population Problem and Inter-Relatedness of Things

With the world population set to hit 10 million by 2030, Indian population is estimated to rise to 1.8 billion in the same period. We must take stock of our treatment of the planet, for the sake of future survival. Let’s try to understand the population problem and how it intersects with all aspects of our lives. Read More

Preservers of the Planet: Greta Thunberg

By Viveka Jani for Twisted Tiara During most of your childhood, you were (or still are) constantly reminded by adults around you that you’re too young to be addressing or discussing certain issues. Sometimes it’s about politics, sometimes it’s about that crash you heard coming from your neighbours’ place upstairs, and sometimes it’s about the… Read More

Operation Flood: Women and the White Revolution in India

The White Revolution, changed the course of dairy industry in India and helped bring opportunities to the marginal farmers, especially women in rural parts of India. The Anand Milk Union Limited, more dearly known as AMUL was the first of its kind milk co-operative that set the milk pails rolling. The shift of focus from… Read More

Menstrual Hygiene is Important. Period.

Riddle us this: What is frequent, inevitable, completely natural and affects over half the world population and yet frowned upon and completely ignored by society? Menstruation. And all related issues and connotations. The M word, (for menstruation or mahavari in Hindi) has long been stigmatised in our vocabulary and society. It is not a topic considered… Read More

Break the Taboo, Ask What Can We Do: HIV Awareness in India

2.1 million people in India are living with HIV, making up 0.22% of our population and the third largest HIV epidemic globally. In 1986 when AIDS was first detected in India, Tamil Nadu, measures were taken to ensure detection, prevention and awareness regarding HIV and AIDS in India. From 2001 to 2017, India has managed… Read More

A Letter to my Unborn Child: My Hopes for the Future Generation of India

by Deepshikha for Twisted Tiara To my Unborn Child, I’m not sure how to begin this letter; there is so much I want to say to you. The world is an interesting place, but it can also be dark and full of terrors. I want to protect you, but I also want to give you… Read More

Fierce Women Who Stood up to Terrorism in the 21st Century

28 years ago, on 21 May 1991, India was rocked to silence. Our Prime Minister, beloved at the time, Shri Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated in a public terrorist suicide bombing by the LTTE. Since then, India has been commemorating 21 May as National Anti-Terrorism Day. With regions of India, including Kashmir, North-east and east-central areas,… Read More

Intersectional Champion of the Month: Rabindranath Tagore

Remembered as the composer of our National Anthem, Rabindranath Tagore was a philosopher, a poet, author, musician, painter and an activist for social change in colonial India. The first Asian to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for ‘Gitanjali’, he spread the Indian ideology globally through his works and music. For generations, historians and… Read More

Purdeh Mein Rehne Do: A Ban on Burqa in India?

The latest uproar in the political sphere is ‘banning the Burqa’. Shiv Sena demands the government to act quickly and ban the Burqa in India as they have done so in Sri Lanka, saying ‘after Ravana’s Lanka, let’s ban Burqa in Ram’s Ayodhaya’. Hopefully when he gains his composure, he realizes that in global politics, decisions are… Read More