Religious sentiments: upsetting them v. getting upset

Prashant Bhushan. Credit: Swaraj Abhiyan/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.5

If the BJP/Congress have been offended by Prashant Bhushan’s tweet, it could only be because they have interpreted his tweet offensively.

Female parliamentarians

India: GDP (per capita, 2013 US$) v. Gross intake ratio in first grade of primary education, female (% of relevant age group) v. Women in parliament (each point corresponds to a year in 1997-2013) India: Women in parliament v. GDP (per capita, 2013 US$) r = 0.8866

Gender as a loaded question

Up until earlier this afternoon, I was of the opinion that my beliefs were half-formed inasmuch as gender and gender studies were concerned and, for the purpose of decision-making, ignorable. However, after a short discussion with a friend of mine, NP, I realized that I did have something to say. Worse, not only did I have something to say, but I was apparently saying things that were “evolved”, or well-formed. That makes me sad (because even without as much forethought, I had opinions more rigid than the others that NP had spoken to)…. Read More

Thinking about feminism

From when time human civilization was a few years old, biological bias existed: testosterone made man more muscular, a fact he took advantage of Women gearing up for public life need to “emerge” in their private lives Constant chances, opportunities should be provided to women The feminist movement needs empathetic men A big gender gap exists in the legal profession in India Man’s position in the public domain is being and will be challenged; if he is unable to take it properly, resulting communal dissonance will be harmful Girls need a nurturing… Read More

Women who annoy me

Old post, now reworked thus. — I’m not a chauvinist. Neither am I feminist, for that matter. I’m an advocate of egalitarianism. That means I’m going to afford women the same rewards and criticisms that I afford men. With that, here’s a list of some women I find extremely annoying. Brinda Karat She’s the wife of Communist heavyweight Prakash Karat and, frankly, I don’t know how she’s Communist except by association. In the past, she’s been involved in protests against gender bias, against violence and war, she’s worked with mill labourers and… Read More

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A Gynoid’s Frustration

There is a specific image we each associate with a woman, with her needs and her duties, with feminism as such, and I have, for years, struggled to find that image. After tens of metaphors and hundreds of fictitious portrayals, the journey culminated surprisingly with technology; more specifically, with gynoids. A gynoid is a robot built to resemble a woman. When I first came across the term, I could think of no specific reason why there was an officiating label in place that referred specifically to “female” robots. However, it only took… Read More

Paro (A short story)

Paro stepped up dutifully, her gaze downcast, her fingers knotting themselves together with a nervous fervour. Her voice was surprisingly diminutive given only a moment before, they had heard her squeal with delight when she was playing with little Jai in the next room. No, in the presence of her elders, she had to be meek and bashful, and she would have to remain that way irrespective of whether they were ridiculing her, evaluating her or applauding her recently successful arangetram. Madhusudhan looked at her and smiled from the pyol in the… Read More

Footprints Of An Unfinished Revolution

Issues facing the feminist movement (with focus on India): From when time human civilization was a few years old, biological bias existed: testosterone made man more muscular, a fact he took advantage of Women gearing up for public life need to “emerge” in their private lives Constant chances, opportunities should be provided to women The feminist movement needs empathetic men A big gender gap exists in the legal profession in India Man’s position in the public domain is being and will be challenged; if he is unable to take it properly, resulting… Read More

Of Gold, Symmetry, Men, Women And The Universal Spyglass

Is it a doubling of the mathematical creation, that vehicle of universal traversal that sightsees, as a point of principle, antiparticles to particles and field reversals to fields, as if meandering in inebriated ecstasy on violating some antediluvian armistice, as though being in gross violation of any law was immediately remitted by the production of theory that was stellar but in the confines of three dimensions, spoke of a fourth, and in the confines of four, spoke of a fifth? Does such reckless adventure warrant the devil-may-care visualization of a cryostat of… Read More