How Low Can You Sink?

Poem dedicated to the owners of the organisation where my best friend worked till yesterday; they treated her like a slave and didn’t pay her the salary for most of the time that she worked. They even made her exit painful and denied her the full and final settlement. Here’s the content: How low can…Read more How Low Can You Sink?

How Dare You Do This To Her?

This is yet another poem dedicated to the MD of the company where my best friend works; yesterday she humiliated my friend in a harrowing three hour meeting in front of other team leaders, by telling her that she is not capable of being a lead. Apart from this atrocity, the company has a horrendous…Read more How Dare You Do This To Her?

We have watched and watched

This is a poem on the ongoing farmer struggle in India; which has involved a lot of police brutality - including the arrest and sexual torture of young Trade Union activist Nodeep Kaur by the Haryana police; all because she showed support to the farmers and demanded the unpaid wages of 300 workers in Kundli.…Read more We have watched and watched

A short response to Nivedita Menon’s blog on Raya Sarkar’s List

This is my shortest blog post ever. It is also very late. The reason why I am posting it is because my comment on the Kafila blog (of which renown Savarna feminist Professor Nivedita Menon is a member and co-Founder) is waiting for moderation - and I have doubts on whether it will be posted…Read more A short response to Nivedita Menon’s blog on Raya Sarkar’s List

Liberals and the complicity in casteism – Part 2

This is a continuation of my rant about the casual casteism of liberals from Part 1 https://ashwinkumar1989.online/2017/12/12/liberals-and-the-complicity-in-casteism-part-1/ . I am sorry for the long gap in between, but well; I was busy with work - to compensate for the end-of-the-year vacation that I am gonna take. Like I mentioned earlier, I am an ex-liberal. Like most…Read more Liberals and the complicity in casteism – Part 2

Liberals and the complicity in casteism – Part 1

I am from a conservative Tamil Brahmin family, which has always leaned to the right (supporting BJP, RSS etc.). I  am privileged in four ways - gender (male), religion (Hindu), caste (Brahmin) and class (upper middle - class). I have been blind to most of these privileges. Because of the patriarchal structure of my family…Read more Liberals and the complicity in casteism – Part 1

Anatomy of a chat: What is wrong with Indian men? – Part 2

Here I am, to continue my rant about the bewildering attitude of the savarna liberal elite; especially men - continuing from where I left out - the response to Bollywood actress Vidya Balan speaking about sexual harassment, involving an Army Jawan staring at her breasts https://ashwinkumar1989.online/2017/11/12/anatomy-of-a-chat-what-is-wrong-with-indian-men-part-1/ . Asit Misra, the OP who brazenly admitted to staring…Read more Anatomy of a chat: What is wrong with Indian men? – Part 2

Anatomy of a chat: What is wrong with Indian men? – Part 1

Many of you may not be knowing that popular Bollywood actress Vidya Balan recently spoke on the viral #MeToo campaign, regarding her experience of being stared at by a soldier during her college days https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mglQoWeKlc . When asked about sexual harassment under the #MeToo Campaign, she said that sexual abuse has always been happening. Vidya said, referring to…Read more Anatomy of a chat: What is wrong with Indian men? – Part 1

Why I am not proud of the new India

I have always been proud to be an Indian, partly because my childhood has been largely happy; apart from bullying which I experienced when I was around 9-10 years old. I am blessed to have a supportive family and relatives, and thus a good environment to grow in. However, I have also been sheltered by…Read more Why I am not proud of the new India