1 Guns Do Kill, Wound and Maim In the violence that took place in Delhi in February 2020, it was striking that so many civilians seemed to have easy access to guns. How many of these guns were licensed, and where were people acquiring them? Was there no supervision or regulation? A petition raised these questions but as the COVID-19 pandemic crisis took over our mind space and disrupted our routines, it has been a non-starter and these questions remain unaddressed. Guns are a
May 16th is observed as the International Day of Living Together in Peace. The more I focus on the words living together in peace, the more I ponder what it has come to mean for those of us living in India, especially in its capital city. While “social distancing” may be the new norm now due to health reasons, it probably had seeped in deep in our social practices and mindset much earlier. As I write this piece, my mind travels back and forth to the many instances of disc
In conversations about safety, we assume that all the dangers that women face lie beyond the threshold of the home. It may be a legacy of the Ramayana - Sita was safe till she crossed the Lakshman Rekha, after all. But, at the best of times, this is an illusion: The 2018 edition of Crimes in India reported that in 93.9% of cases, the rapist was someone known to the victim—family, friends, neighbours, employer, online friend or live-in partner. These are not the best of times.