The MJ Akbar case shows women need men to embrace #MeToo for it to have any real impact

by Rashmee

Posted on November 7, 2018 / The National


There has been a lot of activity around India’s #MeToo movement of late and depending on where you stand, it’s either too much or too little. But one thing is clear: Indian women, like those elsewhere, cannot always rely on the sisterhood and presume its members will stand solidly alongside them in the trenches for … Continue reading “The MJ Akbar case shows women need men to embrace #MeToo for it to have any real impact”

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The #MeTooIndia movement is the starting post in a country where men are often given a pass for their behaviour

by Rashmee

Posted on October 24, 2018 / The National


To all appearances, India’s #MeToo movement is well on its way. It has its own hashtag, #MeTooIndia. And it has claimed its first high-profile scalp: junior foreign minister MJ Akbar, who resigned after he was accused by more than 20 women of sexual harassment under his previous role as newspaper editor. The women allege that … Continue reading “The #MeTooIndia movement is the starting post in a country where men are often given a pass for their behaviour”

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Brett Kavanaugh is no Atticus Finch

by Rashmee

Posted on October 6, 2018


Jamelle Bouie recently pointed to the ill-logic of a comparison being made by some: that between Brett Kavanaugh and Atticus Finch. For those not au fait with Finch, he never lived except in Harper Lee’s imagination. In ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, Finch is the court-appointed lawyer for Tom Robinson, a black man accused of raping … Continue reading “Brett Kavanaugh is no Atticus Finch”

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From #MeToo to #HeToo

by Rashmee

Posted on October 5, 2018


I’m heading back to the land of the imperiled white male. America. Country of the white man in peril, or so Donald Trump tells it. As Republican senators prepare to vote – possibly ‘yes’ – to Mr Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, what rings in the ears of Americans is the president launching #HeToo. … Continue reading “From #MeToo to #HeToo”

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Kavanaugh: A ‘red’ win on Supreme Court and in court of public opinion?

by Rashmee

Posted on October 4, 2018


It seems as if Donald Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court is going to be a winner. For Mr Trump. And for the Republican Party. No matter how apparently injudicious Mr Kavanugh’s temperament, no matter how much doubt his former classmates cast on his veracity, the Republicans seem to be rushing to … Continue reading “Kavanaugh: A ‘red’ win on Supreme Court and in court of public opinion?”

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From Washington to Bollywood, women are being heard − but are they being listened to?

by Rashmee

Posted on October 3, 2018 / The National


The world is paying close attention to the drama over the confirmation of US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, but this is less for reasons of prurience than those of perturbation. Mr Kavanaugh is accused by several women of sexual misconduct while in school and college. One of them testified in the Senate, as did … Continue reading “From Washington to Bollywood, women are being heard − but are they being listened to?”

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Why a background check for a federal employee might miss out certain things

by Rashmee

Posted on October 1, 2018


When an FBI investigation was ordered into “current, credible” allegations against Brett Kavanugh, the US Supreme Court nominee pointed to half a dozen other background checks conducted by the FBI on him for other federal positions over the years. Donald Trump, whose White House had to ask the FBI to investigate the sexual misconduct allegations, … Continue reading “Why a background check for a federal employee might miss out certain things”

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The FBI cannot investigate machismo and the US Senate can’t vote on it

by Rashmee

Posted on September 29, 2018


In one week – so, by October 5 – the FBI is supposed to gather the basic facts of the various sexual misconduct allegations levelled against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, nominee for the US Supreme Court. Some say the FBI will be able to get more facts than currently available and certainly a great deal more … Continue reading “The FBI cannot investigate machismo and the US Senate can’t vote on it”

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Is an alleged assault by a 17-year-old boy, 35 years ago, relevant?

by Rashmee

Posted on September 18, 2018


  Is an alleged assault by a 17-year-old boy, 35 years ago, relevant? That’s the question some are asking with reference to Donald Trump’s second nominee to the Supreme Court, Judge Brett Kavanaugh. The Judge has been accused by Christine Blasey Ford of sexual assault while “stumbling drunk” at a teen party in Montgomery County, … Continue reading “Is an alleged assault by a 17-year-old boy, 35 years ago, relevant?”

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Are US Republicans the party of the moral majority or of Donald Trump and Roy Moore?

by Rashmee

Posted on December 9, 2017


  When Al Franken resigns from the US Senate he will be the most prominent American politician so far to be felled by the swirling allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct. US President Donald Trump remains unaffected. Let us not forget that Mr Trump continued as the Republican Party’s presidential candidate and was subsequently elected … Continue reading “Are US Republicans the party of the moral majority or of Donald Trump and Roy Moore?”

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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