In 1984, Urvashi Butalia co-founded India’s first feminist publishing house, Kali for Women, and then went on to establish Zubaan Books in 2003. In an interview to Spark, she talks about her journey with Kali for Women, about Zubaan and about feminist literature and publishing in India. Anupama Krishnakumar listens in.
In her interview to Spark, popular blogger Indian Homemaker speaks on issues that she deals with on her blog, her views on feminism in India and the state of women in urban India today. Vani Viswanathan listens in.
In an interview to Spark, Dr. Michael Petraglia talks on what it means to be an archaeologist, his work in India and also shares his opinion about the archaeological and cultural heritage of India.
Where are we headed as a species inhabiting Planet Earth? It doesn’t take much time to realize that we are walking steadfast into ruin – our actions are having a debilitating effect on the environment, we all know it, but are we doing anything about it? Vani Viswanathan chats with Bhavani Prakash, environment activist and founder, Eco WALK the Talk, on whether there is any hope for our future on this planet – and maybe there is.
The Gangetic Dolphin is India’s National Aquatic Animal. It is listed as an endangered species in the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s List of Threatened Species. More information and an interview with Bhavani Prakash follow.
Kalpana Sharma, independent journalist and columnist, gets talking about the Indian society’s attitude towards girl children and social issues such as female foeticide. Excerpts from her interview to Anupama Krishnakumar.
Education and learning is an important aspect of the life of any individual. But what does it mean to children or adults with mental developmental disablities? Anupama Krishnakumar speaks to the mothers of two special children – one diagnosed with Down’s syndrome and the other with autism, both at a very young age. Read on to know more about what teaching and learning has meant in the context of these children and what special education is all about.
What does it mean to teach a bunch of kids coming from low-income backgrounds? Meera Sivakumar shares her thoughts on this transformational experience. Text and Pictures by Meera Sivakumar.
Aarti Mohan is the editor of The Alternative, an online platform that strives to chronicle and support social development in India.