Conflict & Resolution

Is our Silence Perpetrating the Rape Culture?

Reading Time: 5 minutesWe live in insensitive times. Trying to be smart, we often land up being rude. The Now Gen, uses cuss words at the blink of an eye. The F-word has creeped into our conversation in such a way that it is often used at homes, offices and other public spaces with impunity. Women’s body parts, along with our mothers, sisters, daughters […]


Transgender in Pakistan: A Fatwa and Courts Grant Greater Rights and Dignity

Reading Time: 6 minutesLike elsewhere in South Asia, the transgender people in Pakistan, were discriminated against, before 2009. Despite education, Riffie Khan with a double Masters’ degree was unable to get meaningful employment. A recent fatwa (June 26) and before that a Supreme Court ruling in their favour, in 2009, and another decision, in 2012, granted them several […]


Midweek Musings: Politics of Identity

Reading Time: 6 minutesA political identity does not arise spontaneously. Instead, by using categories of race, caste, gender, region and class to define an unequal distribution of rights and privileges, liberal democratic societies compel some of their members to identify with others of a similar ethnic, sexual, or economic character. The emergence of new political identities, therefore, signals some […]