I recently published an article in the Gender Forum Journal, the title of which is “Why Kali Won’t Rage.” Kali (in the poster above) is one of the most powerful Indian goddesses. She is the female prototype of power, who famously battled violent men and refused to submit to their advances passively. In fact she’d defeat these men, kill them and wear their skulls in a victory garland as a sign of her absolute refusal to succumb. Where is Kali today among the Indian women? Below I briefly explain what this article is about. (more…)
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Posted by Rita Banerji on July 1, 2012
I grew up in a culture where we eat many foods, including rice and rotis with our hands. And in other cultures there are foods called ‘finger-foods’ like fried chicken and burgers and pizza, that are meant to be eaten with one’s fingers
BUT THE BIG RULE IS: one is allowed to put one’s finger only in one’s own food! Not in other people’s. This is what a lot of people, specially in India still don’t understand.
Posted by Rita Banerji on May 22, 2012
One in every 5 humans that inhabits planet earth dumps his/her garbage in India.
GARBAGE = FILTH = DISEASE
Hence, one would expect an organized and efficient system of garbage collection/disposal to be a fundamental condition of nation management. However, garbage has a whole different story in India. And here it is in pictures.
At first glance it seems that there is no special place for garbage in India! There is garbage everywhere.
It is dumped under trees like this
Empty cartons and plates from the million food vendors that one sees everywhere in India, are piled (more…)
Posted by Rita Banerji on April 11, 2012
At the market yesterday, I was amused to see this little clay toy of a crow sitting on a water pitcher, holding what looks like a pebble in its mouth. It is obviously inspired by the famous old fable of the crow and the water pitcher — which I think every country and culture has a version of. In India this story is part of The Panchatantra Tales and in the west it is attributed to The Aesop’s Fables. But the story is the same:
A thirsty crow, in search of water came across a pitcher in which there was a little bit of water at the bottom. But it was too deep for him to reach. The crow then picked up pebbles with his beak (more…)
Posted by Rita Banerji on March 23, 2012
Baby Falak is finally dead after a long battle for her life in a hospital in New Delhi. India obsessing with its annual budget and cricket, was too busy to mourn this little girl. But then thousands of little girls are battered to death by their families in India every year. And baby Falak was just another one of them.
How low does India’s unchecked misogyny strike — the misogyny that so does not want women in its household? The misogyny that is so fixated on a narcissistic, obsession with male progeny and masculine lineage that it has killed more than 50 million women in 3 generations. Well it aborts millions of girl fetuses and murders thousands of women — using, dowry, ‘witchery’, ‘honor’ and widowhood as excuses! Yes! YES! EXCUSES! And it does not even spare little girls!!
Between 1985-2005, a study revealed, that there were 1.8 million little girls between birth and the age of 6 years, who like Falak, had been battered to death by their families. The research came to the conclusion (more…)
Posted by Rita Banerji on March 17, 2012