This week, women did not mince their words while holding age-old, misogynistic, patriarchal, and discriminatory institutions accountable for their actions. Be it in terms of a failing democracy, climate change, gender-based discrimination, or COVID-19, there was plenty of conversation to go around social media that kept us on our toes.
A conversation between journalist Barkha Dutt and Lok Sabha member Asaduddin Owaisi showed us how, unfortunately, religious discrimination runs rampant in every mainstream political parties in India.
"Congress wants that I should organise Mushairas, Biryani Feasts & Iftars. That is their idea of a Muslim. They're too incompetent to take on BJP"- @asadowaisi stinging rebuttal on @themojo_in to charge that he cut their votes in #Bihar. Full intvw here: https://t.co/yD0hMqThfS pic.twitter.com/fU4fb77nfg
— barkha dutt (@BDUTT) November 11, 2020
Journalist and writer, Namita Bhandare, further highlighted this by showing how religious sentiments are used to make political statements in a secular democracy.
Kejriwal ji. I will do puja in my home. You please do puja in your home. This is your personal religious matter and you don't need to thrust it down everyone's throat. @ArvindKejriwal https://t.co/4HAeggwBB6
— Namita Bhandare (@namitabhandare) November 12, 2020
Lawyer and Supreme Court Advocate, Karuna Nundy, talked about accountability.
Hold the institutions to the standard at which they are meant to function. https://t.co/LcvLMssfWu
— Karuna Nundy (@karunanundy) November 12, 2020
Also watch: MAKERS India’s exclusive interview with Karuna Nundy.
While author and photographer, Sanjukta Basu, wrote about mobilisation in an effort to stop vigilanteism against academic freedom.
Prof Shilpa Singh in Goa University urgently needs expert lawyer to quash flimsy FIR filed by Hindutva groups, and seek police protection. Every Indian citizen's freedom is being attacked by militant Hindutva vigilantes like this. Anybody from Goa here? Let's mobilize support. pic.twitter.com/it5YWBIWle
— Sanjukta Basu (@sanjukta) November 12, 2020
#MeTooIndia made some important and necessary clarifications in order to ensure that no assault is undermined.
It's sexual harassment, not "sexual advances."
It's street sexual harassment, not "eve-teasing."
It's police brutality, not "police excesses."
It's molestation, not "outraging of modesty." #DontDiminishTheCrime
— #MeTooIndia (@IndiaMeToo) November 9, 2020
Researcher, Radhika Radhakrishnan, pointed out the reality of a backward justice system that puts women, who come out against their abusers, through unfair trails.
It's really heartbreaking to watch the trials women are put through when they call out sexual harassers. This is why we have so many such men walking free amongst us, because this is how harsh the justice system is to women who speak out. https://t.co/rX5E0npqeQ
— Radhika Radhakrishnan (@so_radhikal) November 10, 2020
Climate activist, Licypriya Kangujam, fought hard to bring attention to the air pollution crisis in Delhi.
No point to celebrate Children’s Day if you can’t give us even clean air to breathe! 💔
Our leaders are not doing enough to protect our environment and health. 😞
Sorry Pandit ji! 🙏🏻#ChildrensDay2020 #DelhiAirQuality #DelhiAirPollution #DeclareHealthEmergency pic.twitter.com/bTet8Vg7iY
— Licypriya Kangujam (@LicypriyaK) November 13, 2020
Lawyer Arundhati Katju spoke up about the need to wear our masks properly in order to bring COVID-19 numbers down.
Why do people wear their masks under their noses or in their chins or NOT AT ALL? So stressful.
— arundhatikatju अरुंधति काटजू (@arundhatikatju) November 9, 2020
In the United States, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez spoke up about the hypocrisy in President Trump’s refusal to concede.
I hope people realize that the same Republicans who are refusing to acknowledge the results of our elections also champion disastrous foreign policy claiming they’re “bringing democracy” to other nations.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) November 11, 2020
And while there seems to be turmoil and chaos, the words of United States Vice-President elect Kamala Harris’ strengthened resolve and inspired across the globe. There is hope yet.