Category Archives: A Passage to India

Sexism in India: a what-if scenario

A short film in which a casually sexist guy wakes up one morning…and gets a truly rude awakening when it comes to gender equality. What if guys…got treated the same way they treat girls? (And what if they got periods?)

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Compare and Contrast: Hollywood vs. India

This achievement is even more impressive when you consider what was entailed in the Indian Mars mission: “We have gone beyond the boundaries of human enterprise and human imagination,” declared India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who watched from the space … Continue reading

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Whose fault is it?

In India, it’s WOMEN! In the US, it’s WOMEN! Impotence: Laura Sessions Stepp (of Unhooked fame) wrote in The Washington Post that young women’s feeling empowered to initiate sex was causing a scourge of impotence among college-aged men: “According to … Continue reading

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Indian woman brutally gang-raped. Where are the media???

Breaking: A few days ago, an Indian woman was gang-raped, beaten, and left to die by thugs. So far, this hasn’t made the news in any major venue. But, you say, doesn’t India have a rape problem? And aren’t there … Continue reading

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A few random thoughts on cops, rape, and murder

Sampat Pal Devi leads a procession of the Gulabi Gang in India. Photo by Sanjit Das. Couple of quick questions, everyone: Remember Russell Williams? And the Balcony Rapist? The reason I ask is because this horrible rape/murder, which happened in … Continue reading

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Sikhs after 9-11: Fighting prejudice and ignorance

Via Roger Ebert, this timely little documentary: Hate crimes against North American Sikhs are nothing new, any more than is racist hatred against anyone who isn’t white (or, in the case of Latin@s and Jews, “white enough”). Yesterday’s neo-Nazi shooting … Continue reading

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Holy shit, literally

Today in Don’t Drink the Water OR the Kool-Aid, this little odd-news item from India: Thousands of believers flocked to a suburban street in the west of Mumbai in March, when drops of water began to fall from the feet … Continue reading

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Quotable: Arundhati Roy on the ghosts of capitalism

“Though capitalism is meant to be based on competition, those at the top of the food chain have also shown themselves to be capable of inclusiveness and solidarity. The great Western Capitalists have done business with fascists, socialists, despots and … Continue reading

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A pole-dancer, you say? Blimey!

Most middle-aged Brits keep fit by doing pint curls in the local pub. But this one‘s found another, and arguably healthier, exercise…which, coincidentally, is also done in a lot of bars: A father of two has found a clever way … Continue reading

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A Finn-tastic tribute to India on Republic Day

The cabin crew of a Finnair flight from Helsinki to New Delhi went a little Bollywood today. Om Shanti Om! (And on that note, I’m adding two more new categories that were lacking up to now: A Passage to India, … Continue reading

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