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When a “womel” replaced a “manel”

By Kalpana Sharma If all-male panels are called “manels”, what should we call an all-woman panel?  Womels? People, meaning even well-intentioned men, get irritated when women remind them that it is possible to attempt some kind of gender balance when … Continue reading

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Why Irom Sharmila Lost

By Chitra Ahanthem Several analyses abound as to why Irom Sharmila, icon of the struggle against the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, was trounced in the Assembly elections. Chitra Ahanthem explains why no one – man or woman – stood … Continue reading

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Widows of Vrindavan Assert Their Right to Citizenship

By Jyoti Punwani The widows of Vrindavan periodically make news. Mostly it’s their sufferings that get written about, the neglect from close family members that drives them to Vrindavan to lead lonely lives, bereft of joy. Some time back, this … Continue reading

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The Meaning of Ninety Votes in Manipur

The Meaning of Ninety Votes in Manipur By Laxmi Murthy A day after the declaration of the results of the Assembly elections in which she garnered only 90 votes to sitting Chief Minister Ibobi Singh’s 18,649, poet and activist Irom … Continue reading

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The woman voter – lost and found!

By Ammu Joseph I read this series of op-ed articles on the elections in UP backwards, starting with “The clarity the secret ballot enables” (The Hindu, 9 March 2017), not realising that it was the third piece by Neelanjan Sircar, … Continue reading

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An attempt to get women’s voices. But not enough

By Jyoti Punwani While reporting on elections, it is easy to talk to men. Even if women are present on the scene, they tend to remain silent while the men talk. It’s a rare reporter who feels women’s views are … Continue reading

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Not even lip service to women

By Ammu Joseph Issues of special concern to women are missing from election campaigns in the five states where Assembly polls are currently on, according to this Hindustan Times video in which Lalita Panicker is in conversation with Aasheesh Sharma. … Continue reading

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