Laxmi Murthy

Laxmi Murthy heads the Hri Institute for Southasian Research and Exchange, and is a Contributing Editor with Himal Southasian. She is currently coordinating a Zubaan-Panos initiative on sexual violence and impunity in Southasia through theatre and other performing arts.

Reframing the Dalit experience

A new photobook on Dalits in Nepal brings out previously unheard voices and unseen visions.

Aug 22, 2019

Uniform hysteria

Following the suicide attack on security forces in Kashmir, India’s media went on a nationalist, fact-free overdrive.

Mar 07, 2019

India’s #MeToo moment

Due process and the art of listening

Nov 13, 2018

Net nanny meets muscular law

India’s new human-trafficking bill could criminalise sex workers and curtail free speech.

Sep 26, 2018

The making and unmaking of a star

On the life and times of Qandeel Baloch, Pakistan’s first social-media celebrity.

Jul 26, 2018

The ‘i’ of the storm

The Bollywood hit ‘Padmaavat’, India’s anti-sati laws and the failure to confront misogyny.

May 14, 2018

Ladyland revisited

On the first feminist science fiction in the Subcontinent.

Jul 19, 2015

Violence, voices and visibility

What are the ethical implications surrounding graphic depictions of sexual violence in the media?

Jul 11, 2014

Deadly Love

Obsessive male pursuit of women is commonplace in Indian cinema, reflecting deep-seated and worrying social norms.

Sep 15, 2013

A flaming hope

Is there a sporting chance that the Olympic torch will one day be held aloft by a transsexual sportsperson?

Jul 31, 2012

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Latest Articles

Remaking #MeToo in Sri Lanka

A personal reflection on the limits and possibilities of the social-media phenomenon.

‘A picture of malicious intention’

On the Chinese embassy’s undiplomatic letter to a Nepali newspaper.

Between big data and big brother

Why the overwhelming control over data by governments and large corporations doesn’t bode well for democracy.