In Mumbai, dancers shake a leg in the hope for a better future

Text and Video by Shiva Thorat, TwoCircles.net

Women have to be empowered - not just educated - to end son preference

By Charu Bahri

Mount Abu, Rajasthan: I wouldnt be around to write this story if the Bahri clan I hail from - Hindus from that part of Punjab which is now in Pakistan - had not stopped practising female infanticide in the early 1900s, with my grandparents generation. But a century on, the practice appears to have hit an all-time high.

Latest figures show that at 914, India's child sex ratio - a better marker of son preference than the overall sex ratio - is at its lowest since 1951.

A.G.Noorani's The Code vs the Talaq: A Critique

By Umair Azmi for TwoCircles.net

A.G. Noorani added his voice to the debate of the season in his opinion piece titled “The Code vs the Talaq” (The Indian Express, December 15, 2016) laying down a ‘legal basis’ for the abolition of the ‘un-Islamic triple talaq’.

Lost in Terror: Voices of many women, penned by one

By Somrita Ghosh

New Delhi : Kashmir is on the boil; the "Azadi" chant reverberates from every corner; normal life is at a halt. A young, educated, career-oriented woman's life gets entangled amidst all this. The result is Nayeema Mahjoor's debut book "Lost in Terror" (Penguin, Rs 299, pp 305).

There have been many books depicting the Kashmir issue from a man's perspective but hardly any from the women's point of view -- on their suffering and misery. And this is why Mahjoor, Chairperson of the Jammu and Kashmir State Commission for Women, decided to write the book.

PMO, LG not serious about women's safety: Kejriwal

New Delhi : Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday accused the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) and Lt Governor Najeeb Jung of doing politics over women's safety in Delhi.

Kejriwal's remarks followed media reports about the rape of a young woman in a car here.

"LG and PMO doing politics with women safety in Delhi. LG stopped salaries of all employees in DCW (Delhi Commission for Women). Police becomes corrupt and ineffective under them," Kejriwal tweeted.

President Mukherjee emphasises women empowerment

New Delhi : President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday stressed the necessity of educating women, providing them economic independence, and legal rights and social awareness for their empowerment.

The President expressed his views while meeting a delegation from Young FICCI Ladies Organisation (YFLO) at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Speaking on the occasion, Mukherjee congratulated the YFLO for its enthusiasm and encouragement to an important cause and said "a society which cannot respect women cannot be called a civilised society".


There is nothing progressive about the ideology of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind or Jamiat Ahl e Hadees Hind

Dr. Lubna Sarwath for Twocircles.net

40% Muslims in Telangana have no savings, only 19.2% have salaried jobs; Sudheer Commission recommends reservations for Muslims in state

By Twocircles.net Staff Reporter

The Sudheer Commission on `Socio-economic and educational conditions of Muslims in Telangana,' India’s newest state, has shown that the condition of Muslims in the state needs a lot of improvement, and recommended a maximum reservation of upto 12% and a minimum of 9% for vulnerable sections among Muslims in government jobs and professional educational institutions to address the same.

Modi picked women's pockets: AIDWA

Bhopal : Slamming Narendra Modi over demonetisation, former MP and All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA) Vice President Subhashini Ali said the Prime Minister is "guilty of picking women's pockets".

In the ongoing 11th national conference of AIDWA here, Ali spoke to IANS on the central government's demonetisation move. "Women are most affected by demonetisation," she said.

After Mulayam questions lack of recruitment, UP govt says it gave jobs to 4.58 lakh people

By Faisal Fareed, Twocircles.net

Three days after Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav raised questions over Akhilesh Yadav-led government for not giving jobs to five lakh people, Uttar Pradesh government has informed the people that it has given jobs to 4.58 lakh people.