Why the need to identify the Hathras rape victim as Dalit?

To understand why in cases of rape against Dalits and Adivasis mentioning the caste and tribal identity is important, you need to take into account the fact that Dalits and Adivasis have been and are the most vulnerable population of the society — vulnerable to hate crimes and the most likely ones to face impediments to seeking justice as most of the people in charge of safeguarding rights and ensuring justice are caste Hindus or non-ST/SCs who have adapted to the idea of caste hierarchy.

Why we need queer spaces in tattooing [excerpt]

[This is an excerpt from my article published in Tattoo Cultr. Read the full article here.] Tattoos, as a representative form of a counter-discourse, have surprisingly entered into the popular idiom of things cool, so much so that one might find its counter-culture tag unnecessary. However, to cram the art of tattoos in the chock-a-bloc…

What Tattoos Mean – my views as an outsider

A few weeks ago I had submitted a write up to Tattoo Cultr , on what tattoos mean to an outsider. This post was influenced by my personal views on tattooing and its relevance. Although I have never got around to getting a tattoo done, I would not deny that the idea never crossed my mind. In fact,…