HindustanTimes Sat,23 Aug 2014

Namita Bhandare

AAP's stunning debut shows that the voter wants a new narrative

Delhi voters — four lakh of whom were voting for the first time — have signalled that they are done with old-style politics. What they want is a new story-teller who speaks a new language.

I will vote as a woman

Political parties are slowly realising that women constitute the largest vote-bank and they need to at least look concerned. But, dressed-up manifestos and sops like saris and pressure cookers won’t cut it any longer. Namita Bhandare writes.

A new courage, a new defiance: changing the status quo

Sexual harassment is an abuse of power, a betrayal of trust and one of India’s worst-kept secrets. But one thing has changed, and it is the refusal of an increasing number of women to remain silent, writes Namita Bhandare.

India's enduring fascination with godmen

Caught in a shadowy time between tradition and globalisation, post liberalised India's fascination for godmen continues. Namita Bhandare writes.

At stake is the dignity of Dalit women

The national conversation, dominated by temples, toilets, has no patience for stories of Dalit women who face humiliation daily. Given the measly media coverage, their stories cause no outrage. Namita Bhandare writes.

Idealism, where has it gone?

From smartphones to cars, GenX has everything but not a hero in sight. Namita Bhandare writes.

Tuned in but turned off

Despite our connectivity, we are isolated in our personal interactions. Namita Bhandare writes.

Not proud to be an Indian

The attack on an African student underlines our prejudice against 'outsiders'. Namita Bhandare writes.

It's time to say enough

Let the Guwahati molestation case be the tipping point for change. Namita Bhandare writes.

We must reverse the tide

For value education to succeed, the first lessons must begin at home. Namita Bhandare writes.

All spit and no polish

It isn't tough to instil civic sense. We just need political will and responsible people. Namita Bhandare writes.

Do you know Hosanagara?

Hosanagara Nagaraje Gowda Girisha is praying for gold in 2016. If you're asking, 'Hosanagara who?' then you're probably not alone.  Namita Bhandare writes.

Survivors, not victims

Women want rape to be treated as an awful crime, minus the added sting of honour. Namita Bhandare writes.

Don’t defend the indefensible

A spate of rapes is not the occasion to score political brownie points. Instead of blaming women for crimes against them, maybe it’s time to start putting blame where it belongs. Namita Bhandare writes.

Arguments are liberating

The problem is not that women have views. The problem is they don't find expression. Namita Bhandare writes.
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