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Obituary: Pravinaben Natubhai Patel (1935-2015)

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“To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power. Or the climbing, falling colors of a rainbow” —Maya Angelou By Vibhuti Patel My mother, Pravinaben Patel passed away on January 1 in Vadodara. She was 79. She was a highly gifted and courageous lady with tremendous sense of humour

Jasodhara Bagchi: Farewell to a phenomenal woman

Jasodhara Bagchi

Veteran feminist, academician and author, Jasodhara Bagchi, will remain an inspiration to many By Juhi Jain This is indeed a sad time for us feminists. We have lost many a stoic fighter who made inroads into the bastions of patriarchy – challenging hierarchies, demanding rights and fuelling winds of change. Jasodhara Bagchi, one such relentless

Farmers across Gujarat being detained

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Red carpet for national and international corporate honchos, iron fist at farmers? PRESS RELEASE While the Government of Gujarat is splurging on the jamboree called Vibrant Gujarat it is a crime to raise the issue of farmers’ suicides and low cotton prices. The totally non-political ‘Sanyukta Khedut Sangharsh Samiti’ had planned to make a peaceful

Activists protest as Rajasthan fixes minimum education qualifications for Panchayat polls

Rajasthan-polls

By Team FI Activists, in a statement issued to condemn the new ordinance, argue that fixing a minimum educational qualification for contesting Panchayat elections is discriminatory to a large section of the rural population, especially women among whom the literacy rate is the lowest Here is the full text of the statement; This is with

Obituary: Pravinaben Natubhai Patel (1935-2015)

Pravina-Patel

“To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power. Or the climbing, falling colors of a rainbow” —Maya Angelou

By Vibhuti Patel
My mother, Pravinaben Patel passed away on January 1 in Vadodara. She was 79.

She was a highly gifted and courageous lady with tremendous sense of humour and great will power. She was dignified, [...] Continue Reading…

Jasodhara Bagchi: Farewell to a phenomenal woman

Jasodhara Bagchi

Veteran feminist, academician and author, Jasodhara Bagchi, will remain an inspiration to many

By Juhi Jain
This is indeed a sad time for us feminists. We have lost many a stoic fighter who made inroads into the bastions of patriarchy – challenging hierarchies, demanding rights and fuelling winds of change. Jasodhara Bagchi, one such relentless feminist academic, critic and teacher, [...] Continue Reading…

Farmers across Gujarat being detained

Gujarat- farmers-arrested

Red carpet for national and international corporate honchos, iron fist at farmers?

PRESS RELEASE

While the Government of Gujarat is splurging on the jamboree called Vibrant Gujarat it is a crime to raise the issue of farmers’ suicides and low cotton prices. The totally non-political ‘Sanyukta Khedut Sangharsh Samiti’ had planned to make a peaceful representation before Gujarat Government on 11th [...] Continue Reading…

Activists protest as Rajasthan fixes minimum education qualifications for Panchayat polls

Rajasthan-polls

By Team FI

Activists, in a statement issued to condemn the new ordinance, argue that fixing a minimum educational qualification for contesting Panchayat elections is discriminatory to a large section of the rural population, especially women among whom the literacy rate is the lowest

Here is the full text of the statement;
This is with regards to the recent move made [...] Continue Reading…

Kerala transport bus becomes menSRTC

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Kerala State Transport bus employees fight with women and two infants to stop them from boarding a bus so that the Ayyappan pilgrims on the bus will not be polluted

By Team FI
A Kerala State transport bus driver in a bid to maintain the ‘purity’ levels on a state bus allegedly reserved for pilgrims bound for Sabarimala, denied entry [...] Continue Reading…

It’s risky simply to be a woman at all!

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Kavita Krishnan argues that in the wake of the recent Uber taxi rape in the capital, blaming the survivor of an act of violence has become another brick in the wall of ‘protective’ boundaries that imprison women rather than open up safe spaces

As it usually happens after a much-publicized rape case, there is a flood of attempts to rationalize [...] Continue Reading…

Gay rights activists launch No Going Back campaign

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On the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision to recriminalize homosexuality, Voices against Section 377 launches campaign ‘No Going Back’ committing to continuing the fight to reclaim their human and civil rights

By Team FI
A year to the day Supreme Court of India overturned the historic repeal of Section 377, by the Delhi High Court; the ‘Voices Against Sec 377’ [...] Continue Reading…

Surinder Koli execution: Activists write to President for mercy

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Petition seeks commutation of death sentence or delay till all cases involving Koli are completed, pointing out the lack of evidence implicating him in the murders

By Team FI
Following the Allahabad high court’s order to delay Surinder Koli’s execution till December 1st, activists are seeking endorsements for the plea for mercy petition which will be submitted to the President of [...] Continue Reading…

Adulterated antibiotics caused Bilaspur tragedy?

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After the revelation of gross negligence, unhygienic conditions and money making sterilization camps in news reports and by activists, Chhattisgarh Health Department point the finger at contaminated medicines as the cause of deaths of 13 tribal women in Bilaspur

By Team FI

The preliminary enquiry conducted by the Chhattisgarh Health Department into the death of 13 women after undergoing sterilization procedure [...] Continue Reading…