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Provocative. Daring.Awesome.Young Kerala Triggers A Debate For Change

Earlier this month, India woke up to screaming headlines and risqu é photographs splashed across various leading dailies: ‘Love in the Time of Bigotry’; “ ‘Kiss of Love' Campaign Meets Wall of Cops”; “Mass ‘kissing' Protests in Kerala cities against Moral Policing”… The reports described how young Kerala had taken to the streets to kiss and hug one another in protest of the vandalism unleashed by right wing activists in a cafe in Kozhikode perceived as a popular dating spot. more

Breast Ironing: ‘Yes, I Did This to My Daughter’

Fomuso Kazua (name changed) was just a few days shy of turning 12 when she attained puberty. more

Old and Fragile, Basanti Fights Apathy And Insecurity

She cleans the homes of other people to make ends meet. more

The Different Strokes of Women Text and Photos: Madhubani Artists

At first glance, it seems to be just another nondescript rural hamlet in India - acres of flat, green agricultural land, stacks of harvested crops by the roadside, a small cluster of modest dwellings… Yet, this rather plain countryside has a remarkable history and heritage. more


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The success story of women's political representation could well be scripted in India's rural hinterland. In April 1993, the Government of India passed the, the Constitutional (73rd Amendment) Act mandating that there should be at 33 per cent reservation for women in panchayati raj institutions (PRIs).

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