Structure

Where we look at the interconnected structures of power such as law, state, religion, caste and class, language, marriage and family, through a feminist lens.

Darjeeling is not that town you know from the postcards.

The windy lanes of Darjeeling is often peppered with “Aiya! Kay saro chisso hau!” (Gosh, why is it so cold!) as people hunch over small fires outside shops and at street corners. A collective excitement ripples through when the sun comes out: people hurry to spread out blankets, carpets, and pickles on their roofs and balcony railings.

The Queer Eye

A city gives identity – and anonymity – to its people. But what happens when a city lacks inclusivity? Are all the behaviours and orientations taken into account while designing a city?

Our Cities are Designed For Men, By Men

Across the world, cities have been designed for men, by men – especially young, healthy, cisgender men. This leads to many challenges – for women, for the young and elderly, transgender community, and anyone else who does not fit into this fairly homogenous group of young, able-bodied men.

Weddings, Funerals & Other Minor Details from Coronakal in Bundelkhand

In response, or maybe a rejoinder, to urban conversations full of lament – “Why don’t they just get vaccinated? Why are they getting married at this time? Will they ever learn?” – Disha and Kavita of Khabar Lahariya, after decades in rural Bundelkhand, come with a rather gentle reply (all things considered).

A Brief History of Arguments in Favour of Free Public Transit for Women

In October 2019, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal introduced free bus travel for women in Delhi, adding free fare to a long history of gender-based public transportation policies. While social media forever boils over in heated response, feminist scholarship on gender and public transit helps clear the steam.

The Adivasi in the City

A reflection on homes, cities and architecture, whose memories they preserve, Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar writes a city memoir disguised as a book review, with some critical questions for city planners who plan for the ‘mainstream’, and not for those who build the cities.

What Has Caste Got To Do With Our Mental Health?

What are the caste biases of the Indian healthcare system? How does casteism affect medical education and practice? What happens when you seek help and are told that casteism is not real? In this lucid essay, Dr. Kiran Valake offers a ringside view on the intersections of caste, mental health, and access to care.

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