Only women can empower women. This is especially true in a society like ours where women have historically been exploited, targeted and victimized.
Even after seven decades of independence and the nation becoming a republic with a forward-looking constitution, the situation of women has not changed much.
True women empowerment comes from women supporting women. A woman actually suffers in almost all points of her life. In my journey as a social and political worker, I got sev
It is a shame to say we still get to see ‘Devadasis’ around us. It is not a women’s issue alone. Men, women, old people and children suffer from its consequences. Men of the Devadasi community undergo the same degree of disgrace as do the women. Let me draw the modern world’s attention to the tragic suicide of three young Devadasi boys in and around my village recently. They were silently, unfeelingly tucked into cold statistics of the Crime Record Bureau. All the three cases
For the past couple of days I was very disturbed watching an award declaration. The Ramnath Goenka Award given to Prakash Noolvi of TV9 for the investigative story on the continuing Devadasi tradition in a region in Karnataka. The cause of this bold award turned my thoughts topsy turvy. A brutal system in which the luminous delicate creation of god are abused in the name of ‘Devadasi’. They are the servant of god, who is untouchable in the day but as soon as the light sheds,
The country is shaken by back-to-back bank scams. The latest to jolt the system are the fraudulent deals running into thousands of crores of rupees involving international diamond "tycoon" Nirav Modi and ‘pen king’ Kothari. Both of them drew mind-boggling amounts from the public sector banks and simply did not repay. One of them fled the country before the lid was off the scam. Banks should certainly extend big credit to big industries, which is essential for the economy to g
FIRST, I WAS SHOCKED… I’m shocked to hear about the murder of 30-year-old Madhu, a tribal man from Attapaddi in Kerala, by a gang of 15 on 22nd February 2018.
Brutally assaulted by the gang alleging that he pilfered a handful of rice from a local shop, Madhu collapsed and died while being taken away in a police jeep. He was declared dead by the Government Tribal Specialty Hospital at Kottathara in Palakkad district.
Madhu had been handed over to the police by an irate mob. Th
Tribes and castes have always been a burning topic in India. The Valmiki community has been exploited for decades and has received no serious attention from political parties. In some states of India, the community is still raising its voice for the inclusion of Valmiki community in the Scheduled Tribes list. The community represents a large chunk of Scheduled Tribe population in Karnataka as well as in the national capital region Delhi. Belonging to this tribe has always bee
The original settlers lived in the forest, hills and isolated regions that are rich in mineral resources. Their identity was conditioned by the ecological factors of the places they live. The history of these communities differ from that of others. The cultural values and systems of each of them define their identity, which is different from other tribes. The economic condition of each tribe varies from others, even though the government categorise all of them as Scheduled Tr
At the beginning of my career as a college lecturer, the only idea I had in my mind was to do something that could change the lives of some. What if I cannot change the whole world? I can be a ray of hope for those who needed support from an educated individual. From my tender age, I grew up watching my dad and mom saving a part of their income to educate the dropouts in our village schools. For me, money was not an aim. I did not study just to earn money and have a luxurious