Kavita Krishnan

What The Pandemic Teaches Us

CHINA placed the industrial province of Wuhan under lockdown and contained the spread of the Covid-19 virus. An insightful article in Chuang (a blog devoted to “analyzing the ongoing development of capitalism in China, its historical roots, and the revolts of those crushed beneath it”) noted the difference between the racist tendency to blame China and people of Chinese origin for the pandemic, and between a critical analysis of the Chinese State’s handling of the crisis and what it tells us about capitalism today.

Two Women, Two Cops - A Study In Terror, Privilege And Prejudice

ISHRAT Jehan can be declared guilty of terrorism after she is killed - without her guilt or her killers' innocence ever having to be established in a court of law.

Pragya Thakur is declared innocent of terror and made a candidate for a Parliament seat and a mascot for the ruling party even while she is on trial for terrorism - without any acquittal by a court of law.

Sexual Harassment: A Structural Question

(Includes excerpts from an article by Kavita Krishnan, ‘Gendered Discipline in Globalising India’, Feminist Review, July 2018, Volume 119, Issue 1, pp 72–88)  

WORKPLACE sexual harassment is not just to do with the “mindset” of men, it is to do with the structure of society. In Marxist terms, we would say that sexual harassment and gender oppression are not superstructural alone, they have a strong structural dimension.

Bhagwat's Speech And RSS Ideology: A Closer Look

MOHAN Bhagwat’s recent speeches were rather convoluted attempts at double-speak, in which he tried to give a ‘liberal’ spin to well-established elements of Sangh ideology.

On closer look, Bhagwat did not deviate from the Sangh’s ideology at all. It is the Indian media (or most of it) which failed in its duty to closely examine his speech: lazily repeating his catch phrases instead of reading them critically.