India, extra-judicial murder, and the theatre of public cruelty

by Rashmee

Posted on December 7, 2019


What a twisted way to approach justice. I’m referring, of course, to the response by some people to news that Indian police have shot dead the four men accused of the brutal gang rape of a young vet in Hyderabad. It’s hard to imagine how people can say “justice has been done” when the circumstances of the … Continue reading “India, extra-judicial murder, and the theatre of public cruelty”

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Forced to fight their own fight: how Dalit women are caught in the crossfire between misogyny and casteism in India

by Rashmee

Posted on January 30, 2019 / The National


The insults heaped on political leader Mayawati — mainly from women — show the ugly intersection of two kinds of hatred present in Indian society January 30 marks 71 years since Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated. One of the clearest signs of his increasing irrelevance in India may be the way he has been all but excised from the debate over … Continue reading “Forced to fight their own fight: how Dalit women are caught in the crossfire between misogyny and casteism in India”

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The case of an eight-year-old rape victim says justice in India is meted out according to religion and class

by Rashmee

Posted on April 17, 2018 / The National


A brutal rape. National outrage. Repeat. The usual way it goes in India, some might say. Except that it hasn’t really happened that way this time round, with the gang rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kashmir. The reaction has been delayed, patchy and polarising. Politicians, lawyers and sections of the public have … Continue reading “The case of an eight-year-old rape victim says justice in India is meted out according to religion and class”

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When Donald Tusk did a #DonaldTrump on refugees to Europe

by Rashmee

Posted on March 8, 2016


On Thursday, March 3, Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, did a Donald Trump. He was tough on, to  and about refugees. ““Do not come to Europe,” he said. “It is all for nothing.” But even before Mr Tusk was so Trump-like, there was ‘wSieci’. It too behaved like Mr Trump. The rather conservative … Continue reading “When Donald Tusk did a #DonaldTrump on refugees to Europe”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK