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Annie Zaidi

Annie Zaidi

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Annie Zaidi is known for her collection of essays, Known Turf: Bantering with Bandits and Other True Tales, which was short-listed for the Vodafone Crossword Book Award in 2010.

By Annie Zaidi

Tribute, inspiration, and theft: The curious case of Bollywood song lyrics

Filmy music often ‘borrows’ heavily from Urdu and Hindi classics, and folk music.

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Why the campaign to install a Mangal Pandey statue in Lucknow shows more than one can play Hindu card

A gauntlet has been thrown in front of Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh.

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Why has India forgotten Ganesh Shankar 'Vidyarthi', the journalist who died trying to stop a riot?

He represents both an ideal and a dilemma for scribes of the day.

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Triple talaq bill: Why AIMPLB is to blame for letting Modi government make a mess of gender equality

By refusing to take up the concerns of its own community seriously, it has ceded both moral and legal ground.

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How India shows women her place

A person who does not get to choose her/his sexual mate is a slave.

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We are all living inside a rape story

All these stories are told and retold, and enacted and reviewed every day, everywhere.

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If: A poem on learning to be a man

Inspired by Rudyard Kipling's 'If'.

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Tough questions to Arvind Kejriwal: Spell out your personal politics

I am judging you as I judge all politicians - through statements and silences, through action and inaction.

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Dear Muslim women: Don't stop at triple talaq. Go beyond divorce

The real battle is to correct labour and wage imbalances. Fight for inheritance and your right to work.

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What the Indian male colleague doesn't get about sexual harassment at the workplace

If you want casual sex, do not approach women on your team.

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Simple questions for PM Modi

It would take five minutes and would reassure a billion people.

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Why do Indian men go berserk over the female form?

If 'our culture' cannot cope with our body then the culture needs to take a good, hard look at itself.

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Punish the anti-nationals. Prevent Bharat Mata's barbaadi

[Satire] If there is no case, no evidence, the person will ultimately go home.

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Mr Kejriwal, tell me how will you implement #DelhiOddEven formula

To improve air quality, focus on reducing cars but do stand up for non-polluting citizens also.

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It's not Jungle Raj, it is tradition

There is violent crime everywhere in the country.

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Uddhav Thackeray, please go visit Pakistan once

You'll blend into the landscape as easily as if you lived there.

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The story behind Moharram and why we must know it

It was told mainly by women who survived the massacre of one branch of Prophet Muhammad's family.

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Why writers return awards

It is one's way of saying: Think! Think of injustices in the past and present.

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What you learn about Indian women from reading memoirs

When I thought of women, I thought of them as helpers of the cause rather than being their own cause.

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How the only difference between travelling in Delhi and Bombay is 'oye' and 'ae'

People like to draw comparisons, I believe we are products of conditioning.

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What India's old and unusual marriage customs tell us about a woman's consent

To insist on spousal rights, regardless of spousal desire, is a short-sighted and self-defeating enterprise.

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Our stained culture of menstruation shame needs to be wiped clean

I really hope the campaign of Jamia Millia Islamia and Delhi University students displaying feminist messages on sanitary napkins spreads.

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An ode to the ordinary Muslim this Republic Day

As long as you can believe in India and the Constitution, there is reason to celebrate.

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How men 'thithakofy' when they see me sitting alone in a chai stall sipping tea

I was struggling to just 'be' in a public space rather than 'occupy' it.

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Why feasting on festival sweets is no longer a treat

Festivals are intended to mark the goodness, the richness, and the sweetness of life. If the annual treat becomes an every-other-day habit, then how are we celebrating?

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All I want for Christmas is Good Governance

Dear Santa, Modi government really likes you, and so do we.

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