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Posts tagged ‘Intersectionality’

Disability, exclusions, and the maintenance of corporeal norms

By Bindhulakshmi Pattadath
My attempt here is not to keep the symbolic and the material/medical norms as two separate and distinct entities. Drawing on a public debate that emerged in Kerala in the context of the rape and murder of a young woman in 2011, I try to explain how these corporeal norms are created through the expulsion of the abject body. When I say corporeal norms, I mean bodily norms which are instituted within legal and moral-social orders.

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In Memory of Rohith Vemula

By Himanshu Upadhyaya
O Dear Rohith,
I have been reading the lips of those who have been framing an academic analysis of your death.
There are those who wish to scrutinize the stylistics of the slogans shouted by your friends.
Then, there are those who keep staring at the words that were struck out from your suicide note.

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Defecation: A Psychological Strain for Women with Disabilities

By Yogesh Kumar Yadav
Whenever the question of toilet and open defecation is discussed, it is generally associated with women’s dignity, health issues, and environmental pollution. Woes of women with disabilities, who are compelled to defecate in public, remain invisible to the policy-makers. It is beyond the imagination to perceive the hardships faced by them while defecating in public. If at times, toilets are in existence their functionality is questionable due to their inaccessible nature.

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Changing the Connotations of Disability: Mental Health and Higher Education

By R. Srivatsan
In spite of the liberal intentions of administrative policy, atavistic and recalcitrant passions in implementing agencies regularly wreak havoc through wanton discrimination. Thus ‘good and progressive’ policy provides government an alibi of virtuous intention, which unfortunately is negated by ‘bad and reactionary’ implementation’s ambiguous, sometimes catastrophic, results.

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Through Her Able Eyes…

By Shruti Venukumar
Her gaze determinedly pinned behind,
To the bus stop she scurried.
As she walked up the slope,
As she trudged along, a hole caught her heel.
There it was!

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India’s Antipathy: The lonesome fight of women with disabilities for dignity

By Avinash Shahi
In a conservative country such as India, the subjects of sexuality and disability are alien to the ‘mainstream’ discourses, particularly in rural India. In the quest of safeguarding family honor, the practitioners of patriarchy refrain from addressing, let alone acknowledging, the violence and sexual assault experienced by disabled women within the family and in the public domain.

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Inner Marginalities and Sub-Group Politicization within the Disability Movement

By Deepa Palaniappan
The cross-disability framework within disability mobilizations is somewhat similar to the empowerment that ‘Dalit’ as an umbrella category has enabled for scheduled caste communities in India. To denote people with various impairments under one umbrella terminology as ‘disabled’ or ‘people with disabilities’ is an advocacy tool that intends to bring with it a sense of unity and empowerment. Yet, with better implementation of reservation and other policy successes, it has become obvious that certain types of impairments are getting ignored or side-lined by the system.

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To BE or to NOT BE: Contestations and Realizations

By Srilatha Juvva & Candice Menezes
Viewing disability and impairment in this context of an ambiguous cultural, religious and spiritual expression reveals the intriguing yet confusing ways in which the same culture espouses and encompasses extreme viewpoints to segregate and discriminate. Thus while spiritual and religious connotations are expected to embrace and embody universal values where inclusion is prioritized and cherished, in practice they tend to marginalize and exclude.

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