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Nomad. Journalist. SOAS Alum. Nieman Fellow. Probably listening to a podcast. Bylines: The Atlantic, LA Times, @thecaravanindia
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Oct 9, 2018 4 tweets 1 min read
If u consider urself a feminist & havent yet engaged with feminist history/literature/art/cinema (for whatever reason- no judgement) here's a list.

Clearly all of us need to learn & this shld help those looking to brush up on early days of the movement/ or modern day heroes Ascent of Women (Netflix)
No Men Beyond This Point (Mockumentary)
TED Talk: Adichie - We should all be feminists
ted.com/talks/chimaman…
Handmaid's Tale/ Bad Feminist (there are SO MANY BOOKS)
Sep 10, 2018 5 tweets 1 min read
1. I dont watch tennis & am still not certain how I feel about about the Serene Williams incident.... but since this became about the ‘sisterhood’... #EverydaySexism 2. Of course she behaved badly. We hold our champions to a higher standard. No doubt the 20 yo behaved more maturely than the World Champion. Since Serena’s coach has accepted he was coaching, the fine seems fair too.
Sep 5, 2018 4 tweets 3 min read
#TB patients are passing the hat around to raise funds for a 31yo girl with drug resistant TB. She is Dr Udwadia's patient at hinduja hosp & needs around Rs 3L ($4000)& has raised Rs58k ($800) so far.

Help a little?

You can read more abt her here: milaap.org/fundraisers/he… Hugs to everyone who has donated so far. We've raised Rs 16,000 ($200) since morning.

Those who haven't yet, check Swati's page. Please donate generously. Every little counts. Thanks @SATB1231
Jul 31, 2018 4 tweets 2 min read
In this podcast @gidla_sujatha talks about caste, Brahminism & her brilliant book #AntsAmongElephants It is a tough read if you are Brahmin & embarrassable

This book is easily among the best reads for this year. Cant recommend it enough.
medium.com/conversations-… #AntsAmongElephants made me pick up Dr Ambedkar’s Annihilation of Caste. If you haven’t had the chance to read to that seminal, undelivered speech written in 1936, here is a podcast.
player.fm/series/dharmap…
Jul 12, 2018 8 tweets 3 min read
1. Today’s #Section377 #PublicHealthHistory thread is about one of India’s first gay rights champion: Siddhartha Gautam (accd to me he's the first) 2. Gautam got involved in the gay rights activism in the US when he went there to study Yale in 1989.

He cofounded ABVA when he came back & published an outlandish pamphlet, which I still find full tilt mental in audacity- Less Than Gay 👇
sacw.net/article10497.h…
Jul 11, 2018 5 tweets 2 min read
So Atlantic wrote an entire long form to say how third worldy Bhopal still But let Dow Chemicals (now DowDupont) get away with them having nothing new to comment?! This para is just plain offensive. Bhopal is a result of American corporate crime. And Atlantic thinks its okay to chalk this up to 'lack of understanding" among natives.
Jul 10, 2018 10 tweets 7 min read
1. As we get ready to celebrate a huge civil rights victory for LGBTQ community in #India, here is a short thread on the people who sowed the seeds for this day… so we know who to thank #PublicHealthHistory #HIVMovement #Section377 2. In 2002, some 30-odd health workers from Naz Foundation were picked up by cops for counselling gay men. They were booked under #Section377 & obscenity laws. They remained in jail for over a month for basically telling gay men to use condoms! #HIVHistory #India