Articles by: Shailaja Rao

The Woman in Me

The Woman in Me

Don’t tell me You’re ‘like’ A mother to me A sister to me A daughter to me  Or compare me To a deity Like Durga, Lakshmi, Saraswathi   My heart beats Because of me Because I am my own Identity   Shailaja Rao, Core Member, Dhanak of Humanity (NGO) SIGN UP FOR COUNTERCURRENTS DAILY NEWSLETTER  

by October 22, 2020 Arts/Literature
Financial Empowerment and Autonomy for Women

Financial Empowerment and Autonomy for Women

In a country where the culture of arranged and forced marriage is the norm, marrying for love is an exception, and divorce or choosing to remain single is associated with social stigma; it can be argued that a financially empowered woman is better positioned to reverse these traditional social dynamics and bring about social change in the right direction. However,[Read More…]

by June 19, 2020 Patriarchy
Undoctrinate

Undoctrinate

What hides underneath all those layers? The layers you got padded with since birth? The layers you did not get to choose But accept without questioning The unwarranted layers You feel comforted in The layers You think Define you Your identity Your being Your existence Peel away the layers My friend Peel Layer After layer Until You emerge To yourself[Read More…]

by October 11, 2019 Arts/Literature
Hey parents, listen to your kids!

Hey parents, listen to your kids!

Caste, class, and religion are not determinants of a happy marriage, do not let these aspects come in the way of your children’s happiness. Ask any parent if they love their children unconditionally and you are bound to get a confused stare, and probably followed by a retort like, “What kind of a question is that?” Most parents love their[Read More…]

by July 25, 2019 Patriarchy