Reflections of Spiritual Ecofeminism: Examining the Intersection Between Ecofeminism and Religion

By Pia Mann Ecofeminism or ecological feminism is a branch of feminism that examines the interconnection between the experience of women and the treatment of nature. First coined by French feminist Françoise d’Eaubonne in 1974, ecofeminism emerged out of contemporary radical feminism and sustainability movements. It uses the basic feminist tenets of equality between genders…
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Backward Footed

O woe to you, O woe is us,You reverse the gyre of universe,O man, O human,How inhumane, how faltered,You uproot what is rooted,And sow that which is exalted,Life sprouts from fine glasses of water,Your lands, however, remain barren,O life, O life,Your precious life,Your engines are your trees,Smoke your oxygen,You breathe, mindfully your expensive air,Broken bones,…
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Motherhood

By Sharanya Nair Motherhood is always associated with compassion and an epitome of love. It is believed that a mother is bestowed with altering powers to embody the pain of her child, and give in return, the nurture and care much needed in her child’s life. And this understanding historically implied that infertility ought to…
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आज़ादी

– शिवानी त्रिपाठी भारत तो 1947 मे आज़ाद हो गया था लेकिन नारियों को आज़ादी अभी भी नही मिली इस पितृसत्तात्मक समाज से। कब तक अंग्रेज़ शासको की तरह हुकुम चलाएंगे ये लोग हमपे आखिर कब तक? कब तक जकड़ी रहेंगी औरतें बेड़ियो मे? कब तक बोला जाएगा उन्हें ये की सुनो ! औरत हो…
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Children, Education and Peace: A Story from Lebanon

By Hiba Ishaq The conflict of Lebanon goes back to April 1975. But the conflict only turned violent and intense in the 1990s. Over time, the conflict encompassed layers of complexities. Each group involved in the conflict established militias that were largely based on ethnicities and religion. The peak of the conflict was seen in…
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A Socio-Political Conundrum Over the Acceptance of ISIS-Brides

By Disha Mishra The war ridden lands of the Middle East are no bed of roses. Worn out of such turmoiled conditions, there are many Jihadi brides from foreign lands who want to return to their respective countries, but their government has shut its door on them. The governments of these states contend that by…
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Observing Ramzan for Four Years: Reflections of a Hindu-born Atheist Girl

I am an atheist, born to Hindu parents, and have been observing Ramzan for the last 4 years. This is my story. As a non-muslim, I was always curious to know what compels Muslims to undergo strict fasting for 30 days. Not even water? Of course, we have similar fasts in Hinduism, like Karwachauth, Chhatt,…
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Gender Inequality in Afghanistan: A Critical Overview of Evolution of Women’s Rights

By Shukria Yari After the fall of the Taliban and years of irreparable damage with women being the most vulnerable and affected ones,  a new hope emerged in Afghanistan. Women once again came out of their shelters with the hope of changing their lives for the better with the help of the democratic system, established…
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How the Imperialist Notions of ‘Saving’ Muslim Women in Kashmir Derives Them of Their Agency

By Aishi Mitra Since independence in 1947, Pakistan and India have had numerous reasons for contention between them, but the most prominent reason continues to be Kashmir. The once ‘paradise on Earth’ is perhaps one of the most conflicted regions today, mired in international political, military and religious conflict. Several lives have been lost over…
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Street View

A photo essay by Roohul Amin Munqaad The Aged Shoe Shiner  I asked him how much he made by stitching and shining shoes. He responded in quite a low tone, “I do not know how much I earn a day but whatever it is, it is well sufficient for a family of ten. I never…
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