Friday, January 21, 2022

Radhika Iyengar


Radhika is a Senior Sub Editor with the  She is an alumna of Columbia University. She tweets @radhika_iy

Gurmehar Kaur’s retraction of campaign shows how women who voice dissent are gagged in India
Thu, Jun 18, 2020

From Kaur to Zaira Wasim, those who've challenged authority or seemed to have 'displeased' it, have received hate threats and been forced into submission

How the American Press reported the Kansas Shooting
Sat, Feb 25, 2017

The shooting incident has been conveyed in a stoic voice, bearing no hint of emotion, empathy, or apathy, for that matter.

Facebook Live could have helped me fight cops’ moral policing
Fri, Feb 24, 2017

Vishnu Vichu's facebook live video of two cops morally policing him and his girlfriend, marks a new chapter in journalism in India. Not only does facebook live function as a distress signal for the citizens, but through it Vichu also assumed the role of a citizen journalist

Dear CBFC, the idea of women having sexual fantasies shouldn’t seem alien to you
Fri, Feb 24, 2017

In the 21st century, films which are bold, provocative and re-sculpting the language of Indian cinema should be welcomed with open arms, not suppressed.

Making profits through unnecessary Caesareans: The dark underbelly of India’s healthcare industry
Thu, Feb 23, 2017

In this country, where conversations regarding women and their concerns are often eclipsed, there is alarming rise in the number of caesareans, feeding the healthcare industry's money-making agenda

Health Ministry’s kit for adolescents marks a paradigm shift for a relatively conservative govt
Wed, Feb 22, 2017

Educational institutes in India have gained a notoriety for upholding and disseminating archaic ideologies pertaining to gender roles, relationships and gender identities. The Health Ministry's kit challenges these very social norms and taboos.

Can we have a mayoral committee govern our cities?
Tue, Feb 21, 2017

Last year, the debate of having a Mayoral committee entered public discourse, when Shashi Tharoor introduced it into the Parliament as a private member's bill.

From Tata Tea to Titan, Indian brands are adopting a new, socially-conscious language
Tue, Feb 21, 2017

There has been a surge of beautifully crafted, intelligently told Indian advertisements that either prod us to engage in sociopolitical issues with greater furor, or address issues pertaining to gender inequality and same-sex relationships

Govt plans to restrict maternity benefit to first child only. As usual, it’s the women who suffer
Mon, Feb 20, 2017

One could argue that this step would reflect better in population control. Would it though? Or would just make it far worse for pregnant women who desperately need financial assistance?

Is Priyanka Gandhi Vadra the feminist icon India has been waiting for?
Fri, Feb 17, 2017

Perhaps, it's time that this country spawns a leader who is a vocal and fierce women's rights advocate.

Smriti Irani's latest attack on Priyanka Gandhi only ends up amplifying her importance in UP elections
Fri, Feb 17, 2017

While Irani's effort to drag Priyanka into a petty political battle may be deemed as petulant behavior, all eyes are currently on Priyanka who is campaigning in Raebareli

After two ceremonies and a funeral, can we please move on Tamil Nadu’s sake
Thu, Feb 16, 2017

In the last two months, Tamil Nadu has dominated the media attention. In the last two months, there have been two swearing in ceremonies, a funeral and a prison sentence; there has been Cyclone Vardah and the Jallikattu fiasco. Perhaps it's time to finally move on.