Author Archives: Nandita Bhatt

Beyond International Domestic Workers’ Day

She was only 12 when she first started working as a domestic worker. She was a child herself but had to take care of the employer’s children. When there were guests in the house, she was made to sleep in … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Martha

Martha was a friend’s friend. The life of every party and the happiest person I knew.  There was never a dull moment when working with Martha, she kept us motivated with her tireless energy and energised with the impromptu parties … Continue reading

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Remembering Martha

‘We want world peace’ is no more a cliche reserved for beauty pageant contestants. We really do want world peace. His holiness the Dalai Lama said to me (when I met him in Dharamshala) – Humans are compassionate by nature. … Continue reading

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Fading Rainbows

I feel anything but calm today. I am filled with pain. Brock Turner a former Stanford student, registered as a sex offender, was sentenced to only 6 months of jail for – the judge felt a harsher punishment would have … Continue reading

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Comfortable Silence

A very hot evening in India. I am in Jaipur with my colleagues and we are making collages with young boys and girls. The task is simple – “what do men and women do inside and outside the house”. We … Continue reading

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In whose interest does this lie?

I read an article in this morning’s newspaper. The title of the article states that a decorated Navy doctor gropes a junior in the Vice-Admiral’s home http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/Decorated-Navy-doctor-accused-of-groping-junior-at-Vice-Admiral-home/articleshow/52440847.cms Someone once said that sexual harassment is inevitable in all places where men … Continue reading

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Sexual Harassment is a labour issue

It is estimated that around 500,000 workers work in the garment industry in almost 1200 factories in and around Bengaluru. Most of the leading multinational brands like H&M, GAP, JC Penny, ZARA and Next source from this city. 90% of … Continue reading

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Wake up the DURGA in you

The Navratras end today. Temple bells are ringing off their hinges, severely affecting the heavenly slumber of more than a million gods and goddesses. Devotees throng the temples to pray in earnest. Elaborate ceremonies are held at home for little … Continue reading

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#MoreThanJustBrides

Nearly one out of four men in a United Nations study of 10,000 men in Asia admitted to having committed rape and marital rape was by far the most common type of rape, followed by the rape of an intimate … Continue reading

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Smell the coffee

Sexual harassment is a non-issue. It’s passé, so overrated and really, come on, we just don’t get why women make such a big deal out of it. It’s not as if women are being physically assaulted in workplaces by their … Continue reading

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