Meet our NewsMAKER, writer and activist, Meena Kandasamy. A fearless and fiery voice like no other, Meena has dedicated her work, art, and voice towards the annihilation and abolition of the rigid caste system in India. A system that takes away spaces and opportunities from those it considers 'lower' in its hierarchy, casteism is an oppressive tool even today, in almost all walks of life, in the country. Born to parents in an intercaste marriage, Meena grew up learning about the oppression, injustice, and violence that is imposed upon Dalits, Adivasis, and other marginalised communities of India. Her surroundings and experiences, including that of domestic violence in a brief marriage in 2011, fuelled her writing and political identity. From writing collections of poems (Ms. Militancy, Touch, #ThisPoemWillProvokeYou, etc.) to prose (The Gypsy Goddess, When I Hit You: Or, a Portrait of a Writer as a Young Wife, Exquisite Cadavers), Meena's work adds to the dialogues surrounding caste, a toxic patriarchal society, and violence against women. A feminist who is fighting oppression with resistance, Meena's voice is relentless and unshakable.
Produced and Interviewed by: Urmi Chatterjee