Avantika Mehta is a Delhi-based writer. As a journalist, she reports on law, gender rights, LGBT+ and culture. She’s written for various Indian and international publications including Vice, SCMP, Hindustan Times, Scroll.in, Times of India and IndiaSpend. Her fiction appears in The Asia Literary Review, Out of Print Magazine and Bangalore Review among others. She also edits and writes on her website The Ladies Compartment.
The impact of Karnataka’s hijab ban
Six students challenging the ban in court have faced intimidation, harassment, and assault.
Oct 18, 2022
The crackdown on comedy
In India, it’s not clear who has the last laugh.
May 10, 2021
On the periphery
India’s sex workers were vulnerable even before the pandemic.
Dec 09, 2020
Canadian-Tamil comedian Sunthar V navigates queerness and Tamil identity
Sunthar V, founder of the Tamil Comedy Club in central London, attempts to push social boundaries with his comedy in Chennai
Is an Adani port devastating Kerala’s coast?
Activists say coastal communities and marine life around Kerala’s Vizhinjam Port are paying a heavy price for the Adani Group project
Delhi’s longest-running play reflects the changing city
The shape-shifting ‘Ghalib in New Delhi’ captures 26 years of sociopolitical change in Delhi and beyond
Imran Khan’s attempted arrest, UN appeal for Afghanistan aid, a graphic novel on Naga repatriation and more
March - Updates and analysis from around the region