Mind the Gap

A weekly gender newsletter

How India’s raja betas are using weaponised incompetence to wriggle out of housework

I am on the phone with the wife of one of my oldest friends, let’s call her ‘A’. It’s April 2020, I remember this because we’re marooned in our homes (and we’re the lucky ones who aren’t trudging back home on foot) just days into the nationwide lockdown that began on March 24. ‘A’ tells

How India’s raja betas are using weaponised incompetence to wriggle out of housework Read More »

Murder in public view: Five questions

The stabbing and bludgeoning to death (I’ll spare you the details) on Sunday night of Sakshi, a 16-year-old girl in Delhi’s Shahbad Dairy, allegedly by 20-year-old Sahil Khan, a man she had earlier been in a relationship with, raises many, many disturbing questions. Chief amongst these is: What could possibly breed this level of rage

Murder in public view: Five questions Read More »

The mystery of the girls who go missing

(Source: Amazon Prime) Perhaps the only thing more chilling than the fact that so many girls have gone missing from their homes in the TV series Dahaad is the utter indifference of their own families. There is a complete lack of curiosity about their whereabouts and well-being. Why? Because “she-ran-away-and-brought-dishonour-to-the-family-name-so-she’s-dead-to-us”. Written by Reema Kagti, Zoya Akhtar and

The mystery of the girls who go missing Read More »

Marriage on our minds

For some weeks now, India’s top court has had marriage on its mind. One five-judge bench headed by Chief Justice DY Chandrachud is hearing why the LGBTQI+ community should be (or should definitely not be, depending on your perspective) granted marriage rights at par with other citizens. Another five-judge bench headed by Justice Sanjay Kishen

Marriage on our minds Read More »

Battling the Bahubali muscle: women’s struggle for justice against powerful politicians

The wrestlers are strong, articulate, disciplined winners who’ve travelled all over the world and are public figures in their own right. Yet even they had to knock on the Supreme Court’s doors for the most basic demand of getting the police to do their job and lodge an FIR (first information report). On April 21,

Battling the Bahubali muscle: women’s struggle for justice against powerful politicians Read More »

Marriage equality: How the case impacts us all

Arguably the most significant hearing on LGBTQI rights since the Supreme Court decriminalised sex against the “order of nature” in 2018, here’s what the case being heard by chief justice DY Chandrachud and justices SK Kaul, Ravindra Bhat, Hima Kohli, and PS Narasimha has thrown up so far. Under discussion are adoption, majoritarian opinion, fundamental rights, marriage

Marriage equality: How the case impacts us all Read More »

Marriage equality is an idea whose time has come

( Image source: https://www.theknot.com/) Marriage, insists the government of India through solicitor general Tushar Mehta, can only take place between a biological man and a biological woman. It is a religious and social construct over which Parliament and not the courts have jurisdiction. Allowing marriage equality will cause “complete havoc” with the country’s personal laws. At the

Marriage equality is an idea whose time has come Read More »

Scroll to Top