Gender and Peace: Reflections from a Workshop at the South Asian Youth Conference 2018

From December 13 to 17, 2018, I was at the South Asian Youth Conference (SAYC) in Mumbai hosted by the Blue Ribbon Movement with financial support from the UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development. My fellow participants came from India, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and the Maldives. What I … More Gender and Peace: Reflections from a Workshop at the South Asian Youth Conference 2018

Break Echo Chambers! An interview with Maya Mirchandani

By Chintan Girish Modi In my work on peace education with school teachers, I have realized that mainstream media coverage plays a big role in how they perceive and interpret the world. Despite the access to multiple sources of news in analog and digital formats, there is a striking absence of critical media literacy among … More Break Echo Chambers! An interview with Maya Mirchandani

Friendship Fortnight: Mickey and I, by Preeta Balia

When I moved to an unfamiliar town because of the man I had married, I realized in some time that all relationships – acquaintances and all – described loosely as ‘friends’ were invariably people we spent time with as a couple over dinners, watching movies in their company but never quite walking below the surface. … More Friendship Fortnight: Mickey and I, by Preeta Balia

Asmita and I: A Friendship Fortnight Post

Asmita and I by Anoushka Zaveri Domestic helpers are a blessing to every household. They bring efficiency to the monotonous task of running a home and a kitchen. They are those family members we forget to include in our families sometimes. They are hard-working, long-term employees who get married to your home, burrow through its … More Asmita and I: A Friendship Fortnight Post

International Friendship Day Reflections

A few weeks ago, I realised that July 30 is International Friendship Day; August 5 is Friendship Day in India; August 12 is International Youth Day, and of course, August 14-15 are when Pakistan and India celebrate their independence–as also, remember the trauma of Partition–a trauma that makes friendship ever so hard for many to … More International Friendship Day Reflections