Is it a liberation to give George Eliot back her real name?

by Rashmee

Posted on August 15, 2020


The ‘Reclaim Her Name’ library has reissued 25 novels written by women using male pen names. This time, they’ve used the woman writer’s real name. So George Eliot’s ‘Middlemarch’ has been reissued bearing the author’s real name, Mary Ann Evans. So too George Sand’s ‘Indiana’. If you’re bent on acquiring this version (free downloads available), … Continue reading “Is it a liberation to give George Eliot back her real name?”

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Now, the astronaut wife is an astronaut too

by Rashmee

Posted on May 29, 2020 / The Focus


The SpaceX launch – the first since 2011 to take NASA astronauts into space from US soil – has been postponed until 30 May. But it has managed to provide an important and heartwarming sociology lesson while the world waits for veteran astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken to take off. We have learned about the … Continue reading “Now, the astronaut wife is an astronaut too”

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Britain needs a Speaker in the mould of Betty Boothroyd

by Rashmee

Posted on October 22, 2019


Having interviewed Betty Boothroyd in her grand Speaker’s apartment in the British parliament, I read with interest The New York Times’ piece on the privileges and profound responsibility that goes with the job of presiding officer of the UK’s House of Commons. The article captured the pomp and circumstance of a post that formally began in … Continue reading “Britain needs a Speaker in the mould of Betty Boothroyd”

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In Trumpworld, Atwood’s The Testaments gives hope that truth will always have power

by Rashmee

Posted on September 19, 2019


I’m currently reading Margaret Atwood’s ‘The Testaments’ – I had it on pre-order on Kindle so it dropped into my device overnight on Sept. 9 – and as always, she’s assured and engaging. The sequel to ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ continues to tell the story of reproductive slavery, religious fundamentalism, and the extreme environmental disaster that … Continue reading “In Trumpworld, Atwood’s The Testaments gives hope that truth will always have power”

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From ‘lock her up’ to ‘send her back’, Donald Trump’s evolution continues apace

by Rashmee

Posted on July 18, 2019


From ‘lock her up’ to ‘send her back’, Donald Trump’s political evolution continues apace. He has gone from misogynist would-be persecutor of a political rival to a racist, misogynist would-be persecutor of a political rival. On July 17, Mr Trump goaded a crowd at his rally in North Carolina to chant “send her back! send … Continue reading “From ‘lock her up’ to ‘send her back’, Donald Trump’s evolution continues apace”

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Sexist Politics: The rest of the world is no different from India

by Rashmee

Posted on May 18, 2019 / First Post


  Unlikeable. Unelectable. Those are just two of the adjectives being applied to some of the more prominent of the six female candidates currently campaigning to be the Democratic Party’s 2020 nominee for president of the United States. Statement shoes! When Theresa May became Britain’s second female prime minister in July 2016, the talk was … Continue reading “Sexist Politics: The rest of the world is no different from India”

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In the rush to end its longest war, the US is ignoring the rights of Afghan women

by Rashmee

Posted on March 12, 2019 / The National


In the years since the ousting of the Taliban, significant freedoms have been won. They must not be put at risk In an effort to end its longest war, the United States is actively suing for peace in Afghanistan. However, this process has thrown up urgent questions about what any deal it might make could mean … Continue reading “In the rush to end its longest war, the US is ignoring the rights of Afghan women”

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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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Barbie wannabes and Iraqi women activists at risk

by Rashmee

Posted on October 7, 2018 / The Arab Weekly


Shimaa Qassem, a former Miss Iraq, started to receive death threats days after the drive-by killing in Baghdad of a social media star who had been a runner-up in that same beauty pageant. The killing of 22-year-old Tara al-Fares followed the gunning down in September of a women’s rights activist in Basra. That killing followed … Continue reading “Barbie wannabes and Iraqi women activists at risk”

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