Women Are 70% Of Workers In Tamil Nadu’s Fireworks Factories, But Are Paid Half Men’s Wages

Chennai: S. Rathinam (39) had escaped death by a whisker that afternoon.  On February 13, 2021, she, along with hundreds of others, had to run for their lives when a blast rocked the fireworks unit where they worked in Achankulam village, near Sivakasi in Virudhunagar district of southern Tamil Nadu. Up to 26 people, mostly women,…… Continue reading Women Are 70% Of Workers In Tamil Nadu’s Fireworks Factories, But Are Paid Half Men’s Wages

Eeb Allay Ooo: The convergence of inequity and jingoism

Watching Eeb Allay Ooo in the middle of a pandemic, is more surreal than the movie itself: as the migrant working-class grapples with the apathy of the government and as inequalities are more glaring than ever before . But considering what has unfolded in the last few days following the death of an elephant in…… Continue reading Eeb Allay Ooo: The convergence of inequity and jingoism

The Brown-umbrella tree

Illustration: Dishina Uttamchandani I read about Thea’s tree, an illustrated children’s book, in Brain Pickings and was reminded of ‘The Brown-umbrella tree’ and ‘The Pink-tank tree’First, The Umbrella Tree. It was a Pungai tree, right in front of the house we lived for about four years when I was less than ten years of age.…… Continue reading The Brown-umbrella tree

The in-between films!

There are good movies, bad movies and then there are movies that fall in-between the two: the ones that clearly ought to be good, but end up disappointing.I’ve been extremely frustrated on several occasions when interesting plots fail to deliver beyond its initial premise. That literal feeling of: “dude, it was just going good all…… Continue reading The in-between films!

Part 4: ‘What is your caste and religion?’ Questions women donating eggs are asked

The waiting area at a fertility centre.

  Following severe criticism and after rounds of deliberation over the Surrogacy Regulation Bill, the union cabinet has approved it after accepting the recommendations of a Rajya Sabha Select Committee. The long pending Assisted Reproductive Technology Bill that covers a larger gamut of aspects under the assisted reproduction has also received the cabinet’s nod. As…… Continue reading Part 4: ‘What is your caste and religion?’ Questions women donating eggs are asked

Part 3: Fatigue to excess bleeding: What women who donate eggs for fertility treatments undergo

Following severe criticism and after rounds of deliberation over the Surrogacy Regulation Bill, the Union cabinet has approved it after accepting the recommendations of a Rajya Sabha Select Committee. The long pending Assisted Reproductive Technology Bill that covers a larger gamut of aspects under the assisted reproduction has also received the cabinet’s nod. As the…… Continue reading Part 3: Fatigue to excess bleeding: What women who donate eggs for fertility treatments undergo

Part 1: Ban on commercial surrogacy in India is futile without addressing larger inequalities

Following severe criticism and after rounds of deliberation over the Surrogacy Regulation Bill, the union cabinet has approved it after accepting the recommendations of a Rajya Sabha Select Committee. The long pending Assisted Reproductive Technology Bill that covers a larger gamut of aspects under the assisted reproduction has also received the cabinet’s nod. As the Indian government is in the process of bringing in legislations for assisted reproduction, this series delves into on-the-ground realities.

Chennai water crisis once again exposes the city’s climate vulnerability

    Chennai, the sixth-largest city in the country is going through a severe water scarcity. The four reservoirs that supply water to the city are dry, and with groundwater levels having receded, there are altercations at the water supply points. While there is international attention on Chennai’s current water shortage, in November-December 2015 the…… Continue reading Chennai water crisis once again exposes the city’s climate vulnerability