A Land Full of Lolitas: Pre-teen Sexual Harassment in India

The Blank Noise Project -- ironically acronymed BNP -- is hosting a contributors' weekend called Recall this 14th and 15th. The folks running the show want to know about your first experience of sexual harassment that you can remember, even if you were a relatively uninvolved witness. So if you have a story you want … Continue reading A Land Full of Lolitas: Pre-teen Sexual Harassment in India

Affirmative Politics: The Hidden Elitism of Teacher Recruitment in Bengal

This piece was written for my blog at work. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ A visitor to the office this afternoon brought with him an advertisement from the school education classifieds, which stated that 40% of the proposed body of appointees to secondary school teaching positions will be reserved for applicants with a 'pure science' [Physics, Chemistry, in some … Continue reading Affirmative Politics: The Hidden Elitism of Teacher Recruitment in Bengal

The Great Bengal Laughter Challenge

This piece is translated from Bengali, and edited. The original was written for my blog at work. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ The latest from the Bengal Guffaw Factory -- after arresting citizens for posting a political cartoon online --  is the marriage market embargo declared on the Reds by the Greens. Well, I say embargo. What happened was … Continue reading The Great Bengal Laughter Challenge

Girls to Girls, Boys to Boys: Demand for Classroom Segregation in Rural India

This piece was written for my blog at work in July, immediately after the conference where the school students presented their demands for female-only schools. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ I've just come across a link to Feministe's post on gender-segregated classrooms. Eesha, the author, has discovered that the practice of separating the genders at the elementary level is … Continue reading Girls to Girls, Boys to Boys: Demand for Classroom Segregation in Rural India