Shuma Raha

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Finally, a victory for #MeToo

Finally, a victory for #MeToo

Rediff.com12 Mar 2020

Harvey Weinstein's indictment is important because it sends out the message that a sexual predator can be brought to justice even if the crime occurred years ago, when the victim did not have the courage or the agency to speak out, notes Shuma Raha.

Deepika is no stranger to hatred

Deepika is no stranger to hatred

Rediff.com31 Jan 2020

'The vitriol against Deepika Padukone, who is a hugely popular star, will fade over time. But let's not forget what caused it,' says Shuma Raha.

Sabarimala once more

Sabarimala once more

Rediff.com26 Nov 2019

'If enough people defy the law and insist on flouting fundamental rights guaranteed by the Constitution in the name of religion and custom, does that endow a bigoted, unjust demand with merit?', asks Shuma Raha.

Why the BJP wants to banish Tipu

Why the BJP wants to banish Tipu

Rediff.com18 Nov 2019

'Tipu Sultan may have had his flaws, but that does not mean he can be axed from textbooks.' 'Besides, if it is Tipu today, who will it be tomorrow?' asks Shuma Raha.

How social networks help us mourn our dead

How social networks help us mourn our dead

Rediff.com8 Nov 2019

The masses of digital data that you generate throughout your life -- your pictures, posts, tweets, blogs -- can remain intact in the folds of the Internet, points out Shuma Raha.

Where free speech is the new villain

Where free speech is the new villain

Rediff.com15 Sep 2019

The government of UP has made it a habit of sorts to move against -- or better still, lock up -- mediapersons who give cause for displeasure, says Shuma Raha.

Must you spy on your child?

Must you spy on your child?

Rediff.com25 Jul 2019

'It is natural for parents to want to keep their children safe.' 'But there's a difference between putting up firewalls to protect them and snooping on them 24X7,' says Shuma Raha.

Tech's toll on humanity

Tech's toll on humanity

Rediff.com9 Feb 2019

'You have to be insensitive and callous to want to shoot the spectacle of persons dying, presumably for the pleasure of posting the picture or video on WhatsApp,' says Shuma Raha.

The A-Z of 2018

The A-Z of 2018

Rediff.com12 Jan 2019

The year gone by, decoded by Shuma Raha.

Rahul and the politics of humility

Rahul and the politics of humility

Rediff.com5 Jan 2019

'His humble words are no substitute for a clear vision for the future of the country. But humility has its own power, its own impact.' 'And it's probably more than that of a monogrammed suit,' says Shuma Raha.

The fragility of faith

The fragility of faith

Rediff.com2 Dec 2018

'Faith, and the notion that it has been 'outraged', is used to justify the most outrageous, illiberal and regressive acts,' notes Shuma Raha.

In Durga's image

In Durga's image

Rediff.com15 Oct 2018

'It is time again for Durga Puja.' 'Time again to be struck by India's astonishing cultural irony, one where the female form is worshipped as divinity while millions of real women are forced to lead restricted lives,' notes Shuma Raha.

If you give a pass to bad behaviour, you subvert the gender cause

If you give a pass to bad behaviour, you subvert the gender cause

Rediff.com29 Sep 2018

'Ms Williams has had multiple on-court implosions in the past and got penalised for them, too.' 'She cried sexism this time perhaps because she knew the atmosphere was ripe for it,' notes Shuma Raha.

Why India's adultery law was outrageously absurd

Why India's adultery law was outrageously absurd

Rediff.com27 Sep 2018

Section 497 of the Indian Penal Code, which was struck down by the Supreme Court, managed to be anti-women even while it appeared to be throwing a protective arm around them, says Shuma Raha.

What will India do if mobs rule the day?

What will India do if mobs rule the day?

Rediff.com19 Aug 2018

'Governments forget that no matter how cunning they are, eventually they cannot ride on anarchy,' says Shuma Raha.

When will Indians stop killing each other for the cow?

When will Indians stop killing each other for the cow?

Rediff.com11 Aug 2018

'The cow can always be the CAUSE.' 'Cause for murder. Cause for setting India's people against each other.' 'Not recognising the fact that this can tip the country into an unending spiral of civil strife and set the much-vaunted 'India story' back by years is the ultimate stupidity of all,' says Shuma Raha.

Lust Stories is a shriek in the face of Indian filmdom

Lust Stories is a shriek in the face of Indian filmdom

Rediff.com14 Jul 2018

'Despite the pornographic quality of its name, Lust Stories is something of an event in Indian popular culture,' says Shuma Raha.

Every woman must have the right to abortion

Every woman must have the right to abortion

Rediff.com2 Jul 2018

'It is as if once a woman conceives, she immediately relinquishes the right to take decisions regarding her body; her entire identity must now be subsumed into her role as an engine of reproduction and society must do all it can to keep her strapped to that role,' says Shuma Raha.

Wanted! A real feminist man in the #MeToo era

Wanted! A real feminist man in the #MeToo era

Rediff.com7 Jun 2018

When he thinks no one is looking, the misogyny of a sham feminist man can be as red in tooth and claw as that of the neanderthal neighbour who beats up his wife. Only, it seems doubly unsettling because it comes from someone we trusted, says Shuma Raha.

Gina Haspel, Super Spy

Gina Haspel, Super Spy

Rediff.com28 Mar 2018

Donald Trump's new CIA pick hasn't been greeted with the avalanche of media gush that inevitably follows a woman who becomes the first among her gender to get a top job.

The night television news died

The night television news died

Rediff.com12 Mar 2018

Television channels were ready to plumb below rock bottom in their frenzied prospecting for TRP gold, says Shuma Raha.

What's adoption got to do with skin colour?

What's adoption got to do with skin colour?

Rediff.com11 Sep 2017

Skin colour looms grimly over adoptions, keeping babies and would-be parents away from each other.

Blue Whale Challenge & the modern-day Pied Pipers luring our children to death

Blue Whale Challenge & the modern-day Pied Pipers luring our children to death

Rediff.com28 Aug 2017

The Blue Whale challenge didn't spring out of nowhere. It belongs to the well-established tradition of the glamourisation of self-harm on the internet.

Should there be an emoji about periods?

Should there be an emoji about periods?

Rediff.com14 Jun 2017

'Emojis were conceived to add a dash of pizzazz to our text lives.' 'That's what they do still.' 'Hoping that they will usher social change is optimism on steroids,' says Shuma Raha.

We Indians love binge-watching!

We Indians love binge-watching!

Rediff.com6 Apr 2017

The term binge-watching was the runner up in Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year in 2013. Indians may have come late to the party a little later, but we're making up for lost time, says Shuma Raha.

How to create a bestseller

How to create a bestseller

Rediff.com3 Apr 2017

Shuma Raha finds out how writers are using social media to produce bestsellers.

Facts be damned!

Facts be damned!

Rediff.com27 Feb 2017

'Politicians have always dealt in lies and propaganda.'
'But the scale of the propaganda and the impunity with which it is being unleashed now is stunning,'

The A to Z of 2016

The A to Z of 2016

Rediff.com12 Jan 2017

It was the year 'anti-national' became the 'it' gaali, and our humble haldi-doodh became the toast of the West's wellness brigade as 'Tumeric Latte.' It was the year 'cash' became unholy and 'fake news' became real. Shuma Raha looks back.

How workplace creches can change the game for women workers

How workplace creches can change the game for women workers

Rediff.com13 Sep 2016

Making employers provide creche facilities would be a powerful incentive for women to stay on in the workforce rather than drop out owing to the pressure of child care, says Shuma Raha.

The Star Trek mystique is alive and well

The Star Trek mystique is alive and well

Rediff.com9 Aug 2016

Star Trek is middle-aged and a bit tired but it's definitely here to stay, feels Shuma Raha.

My name is Bond. Priyanka Bond

My name is Bond. Priyanka Bond

Rediff.com31 May 2016

'The maverick, alpha male, super suave spy, who kills as efficiently as he charms the pants off women, doing the mother of all gender-benders and trading his tux for high heels?'

The horrid fascination of Game of Thrones

The horrid fascination of Game of Thrones

Rediff.com26 Apr 2016

For a person who hasn't overdosed on a TV series for decades -- not since the delightful Friends, and much further back, the homily-laden Hum Log or the excellent Buniyaad or Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi -- Game of Thrones has been a game changer for me, writes Shuma Raha.