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You don’t Belong here! : The politics of Gendered Spaces

by Rohan Susha Mathews

A gender-inclusive toilet

You don’t belong here! In homes, schools and workplaces, transgender people are often separated in ways that sustain gender stratification by reducing their access to socially valued knowledge. Knowledge and authority have been the dominant field of both men and women for a long time. While I agree that throughout history women have been oppressed…

Chennai Floods and Transgender people

by Kaushik Tekur


The Chennai floods, two years ago – in 2015 – was a disaster of unprecedented intensity. The State machinery failed to provide citizens the necessary support. At this juncture with the temporary dysfunction of the State, does the word “Citizen” still hold complete meaning? People got down to perform the tasks traditionally discharged by the…

MANASIJAR The Oppressed

by Rohan Susha Mathews

Freed from the binary of boy and girl, gender identity is a shifting landscape. While gender and sexuality are often used interchangeably, these are distinctively different. While gender identity refers to a person’s personal and internal identification with being male, female, both or neither. Sexuality, on the other hand, refers to a person’s attraction to…

Introducing, “The TRANSGENDER Elefant”

by Elefant in the Room

“Transgender people come from all walks of life. We are dads and moms, brothers and sisters, sons and daughters. We are your coworkers and your neighbors. We are 7-year-old children and 70-year-old grandparents. We are a diverse community, representing all racial and ethnic backgrounds, as well as faith backgrounds.” This is how Human Rights Campaign(HRC),…

An Elefant Analysis of “The Blind Men and the Elephant”

by Elefant in the Room

“It was six men of Indostan To learning much inclined, Who went to see the Elephant (Though all of them were blind), That each by observation Might satisfy his mind. The First approached the Elephant, And happening to fall Against his broad and sturdy side, At once began to bawl: “God bless me! but the…