Women from different fields are voicing their opinions on political matters, and how! From MP Mahua Moitra’s controversial statements in Lok Sabha to people like Meena Harris and Mia Khalifa continuing to support the farmers' issue, we have seen it all in the last week.
Recently, journalist Faye DSouza conducted a panel discussion to understand more on the tiff between the government and the farmers.
Twitter Vs Govt Standoff@YayathiPuru says, "I say it should be on questions of freedom of speech which is a constitutionally guaranteed right, the constitutional courts have to step in."#Twitter
Watch the full discussionhttps://t.co/aWOwAuUv0g pic.twitter.com/7FxP8r1xY2
— Faye DSouza (@fayedsouza) February 10, 2021
US Vice-President Kamala Harris’ niece and lawyer, Meena Harris is now a prominent supporter of the farmers' protest. Amidst the protest, 23-year-old Dalit labour activist Nodeep Kaur was arrested on January 12th 2021 and has been in police custody since. Meena, through her tweets, helped bring notice to Nodeep's arrest.
Weird to see a photo of yourself burned by an extremist mob but imagine what they would do if we lived in India. I'll tell you—23 yo labor rights activist Nodeep Kaur was arrested, tortured & sexually assaulted in police custody. She's been detained without bail for over 20 days. pic.twitter.com/Ypt2h1hWJz
— Meena Harris (@meenaharris) February 5, 2021
Mahua Moitra made some bold and strong remarks while speaking at the Lok Sabha. Despite plenty of backlashes, Mahua is not ready to step back and these tweets prove the same.
You cannot bully me into silence with threats of privilege motions
You cannot abuse high office, retire, & then hide under cover of Article 121
Sexual harassment is not “discharge of duties” pic.twitter.com/r93Y4zdxGo
— Mahua Moitra (@MahuaMoitra) February 10, 2021
In other news, the judgment on MJ Akbar's criminal defamation case against journalist Priya Ramani was scheduled last week. While the case has been deferred to February 17 by a Delhi Court, many women including fellow journalists like Barkha Dutt and Smitha Nairextended their support to Priya.
I don't even think I need to say this. But of course. I stand with #PriyaRamani. A matter of satisfaction that a @washingtonpost piece I wrote on Akbar was quoted in court proceedings. This will be a definitive case and I sure hope the courts don't let us down.
— barkha dutt (@BDUTT) February 10, 2021
It is crushing that a victim had to stand trial in a criminal defamation case, when not a single perpetrator named in #MeToo faced charges.
Here’s hoping #truth is defence enough
— smitha nair (@smitharnair) February 10, 2021
Last but not the least, author and former senior adviser to World Bank, Deepa Narayanan, is running a podcast named 'What’s A Man' - the promo and the first episode for which was released last week. The podcast focuses on asking men what it is to be a man.
What are the first few words that come to your mind when you hear the word, Man? 🤔
Hear responses from men, in this promo for What’s A Man podcast.
The first episode airs on 10th Feb, 2021 on all major streaming platforms. Stay tuned!#whatsaman #masculinityinindia #men #india pic.twitter.com/Fc5lnBAiFC
— Deepa Narayan (@deepavop) February 8, 2021
(Edited by Anju Narayanan)