Laxmi Murthy

Laxmi Murthy heads the Hri Institute for Southasian Research and Exchange, and is a Contributing Editor with Himal Southasian. She is currently working with Zubaan on an initiative researching gender, labour and violence.

The face of female leadership

Do women politicians in high office in Southasia offer something different from their male counterparts?

Mar 24, 2021

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

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In Mizoram, a refugee crisis highlights Mizo tribal affinities and hostility

Shared Zo identity has Mizos extending hospitality to Chin and Kuki-Chin refugees from Myanmar and Bangladesh. More remarkable is that Chakmas, mistreated by the Mizo majority in Mizoram, have welcomed Kuki-Chin refugees too

In ‘Agra’, a grim portrait of the repressed Indian man

Director Kanu Behl’s Hindi feature film examines the sexual obsession and frustration of men, mental health and the transactional nature of human relationships in a patriarchal society where space is in short supply

When neoliberalism came to the Indian farm

With a focus on agricultural policy since the 1990s, 'Distress in the Fields' demonstrates how neoliberal interventions sowed the seeds of the crisis faced by farmers today