Author Archives: Nandita Bhatt

“Why them, why not us”: a curious case of missing empathy in the second wave

“Why them, why not us?” A drive thru vaccination camp was conducted in Gurugram recently. The camp was conducted in a mall, vaccines were free and administered through the windows of the car. No autos, cycles or rickshaws were seen … Continue reading

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Because you are
A very personal sharing

6 years ago today, Martha was among 14 people who were killed in a terrorist attack on a guest house in Kabul, Afghanistan. She was there to facilitate gender training with male staff of a development organisation. In her email … Continue reading

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A very personal sharing

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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