A pertinent question that we need to answer is that how do human rights apply to sex workers and what laws and policies should the countries make? How should sex workers’ laws look like, if human rights are to be respected to the fullest extent? Answers to these questions, however, are controversial – both philosophically … More On sex workers’ rights…an excerpt
One can’t help but ask, is it a curse to be a widow? Why is it difficult for the society to accept widow remarriage? The reasons vary from social bindings and family problems to many prevalent religious norms … More No window for widows…
On December 5, 2015, the Supreme Court of India in a verdict declined to direct the Parliament to form Uniform Civil Code stating that the issue is outside its realm. This, in fact, has come as a setback to the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre as the party’s one of the important promises during the 2014 election campaign was the formation and implementation of UCC … More Uniform Civil Code: To have or to not have?
One such place where one can find couples in large numbers is the Shanti Udyan- more popular as the Dighali Pukhuri Park. Hordes of couples visit the park everyday and sit under the shrubs and spent some time of togetherness. They kiss, they hug, they talk and they fight…nothing obscene! … More Displaying affection in public
Legendary musician late Dr Bhupen Hazarika’s romance with the Brahmaputra is well known. He not just sang about it, but he sang for it. It was as if he was in a divine relationship with the river … More Chronicles of human abuse: The dying Burha Luit
‘For performing the musicians need lot energy and to maintain the high adrenaline level going, they at times take help of performance enhancing drugs, alcohol and marijuana. Why us, look at Zubeen Garg and Papon! They too are addicted, aren’t they?’ … More Intoxication & creativity: Sides of the same coin?
“You journalists are so fucking nonsense that you go on asking people about HIV and AIDS in the streets so openly? And how dare you ask this to a lady?” … More Experience of a nonsense journalist
Gender issues are more complicated and delicate then it seems and it is not just confined to women related issues. It is true that we need to address all the issues related to women as crime against them has been on the rise, but of late the curve of crime against men has also witnessed a sharp increase … More Gender Mainstreaming: Beyond the accepted
Eight years so far and I have seen a lot, learned a lot. The women who ask for my services generally belong to the elite class of the society- elite not monetarily but also academically. A number of professors, doctors and women from the ‘Page 3’ society are in my client list. Some just talk, some are happy with foreplay. I even met a lady once who got emotionally very much attached to me and I had to put in a lot of efforts to get her away. … More Breaking the myth of male prostitution
As the Assam-Nagaland continues to burn in the inferno of disputes, a Naga hamlet in Sibsagar upholds a tale of brotherhood and friendship … More Half-Blood Brothers