The Weekend Specials

Books & Starters Seeing Like a Feminist (Nivedita Menon) The first book that equipped me, a layperson, to see the world through a feminist lens. I surprise myself by finding valuable learnings to be gleaned from the book each time I revisit a page.  Described thus: “For Nivedita Menon, feminism is not about a moment…

An Open Letter to Smt. Smriti Irani – II

Dear Smt. Smriti Irani, Honourable HRD Minister (Government of India),  I write this letter in response to the public announcement that was made by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) on September 8, 2015, requesting all the Members of Parliament (MPs), under the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY), to work to achieve 100% literacy by March,…

Retain, Not Detain

In the process of redesigning the national education policy in India, the question of whether the No-Detention Policy (NDP) should be revoked is also being debated. According to the NDP, first given in 2009 under the Right to Education Act, no student can be asked to repeat a grade until the 8th grade. I am…

An Open Letter to Smt. Smriti Irani

September 28, 2015 Dear Smt. Smriti Irani, Honourable HRD Minister (Government of India), I write this letter in response to the public announcement made by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD Ministry), requesting all the Members of Parliament (MPs) to work to achieve 100% literacy by March, 2016, in one chosen village from their…

Worth It All

The groceries are bought, and the daal is cooked, your baby asleep, I cradle his head. … I must be a mother. The salary is here, my children are fed. The work hours are long, the payments are made. … Am I a father? I’ve played peek-a-boo, I’ve made homes from clay, I’ve babbled with…