Ankita Mukhopadhyay

Ankita Mukhopadhyay is a journalist based in New Delhi, India. She has worked at various Indian publications for the past three years as an editor. She is currently a consultant at research and advisory firm. An avid reader and history buff, Mukhopadhyay pursued her postgraduate degree at the London School of Economics (LSE). She is particularly interested in feminism and gender issues and Indian politics. She is a reporter at Fair Observer.

In India, Women Entrepreneurs Are Still Outliers

Feb 11, 2020

On the Index of Women Entrepreneurs, India ranks 52 out of 57 countries. In the Indian start-up scene, it’s rare to see a woman directing an enterprise. Bhavna Anand Sharma, founder of Cureveda, a dietary supplements company, is one of the few Indian women leading the charge in revolutionizing India’s...

Can Telling Stories Through Data Help Fight Misinformation in India?

Jan 23, 2020

Over the past five years, India has seen several changes around the creation and dissemination of data. The Indian government has come under fire for withholding data on crucial issues like unemployment, as well as changing statistical methodologies to ascertain key metrics, calling into question the reliability of the source...

Naomi Wolf Talks Homophobia, Feminism and "Outrages"

Jan 08, 2020

The year 1990 witnessed several revolutionary changes, one of which was the release of “The Beauty Myth: How Images of Beauty Are Used Against Women,” written by Naomi Wolf. The “Beauty Myth” highlighted how male dominance is maintained by holding women to certain standards of beauty, and it became an...

India’s Citizenship Act Is About Vote Banks

Jan 03, 2020

On December 15, 2019, the police of India’s capital state, Delhi, forcefully entered the campus of Jamia Millia Islamia, a premier university of higher education, to dispel peaceful protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). What happened next sent shockwaves throughout the nation. The police beat up protesters and innocent...

Why #MeToo Won’t Succeed in India

Dec 18, 2019

Kabir Singh is a drunkard. He’s also an angry lover. And a sociopath. Kabir Singh is the archetypal abusive man: He falls head over heels for a woman at first sight, pursues her until she gives in, wards off other suitors by threatening them, and slaps her when he is...

Western Dominance Is a Historical Aberration

Oct 23, 2019

The TED website describes Kishore Mahbubani, a career diplomat from Singapore, as someone who “re-envisions global power dynamics through the lens of rising Asian economies.” This description is not just apt for Mahbubani but also for his new book, “Has the West Lost It?” The title may appear controversial to...

Trust Your Children If You Want Them To Be Successful

Jul 24, 2019

Esther Wojcicki is widely known as the mastermind behind Palo Alto High School’s successful media arts program, which has produced alumni like the actor James Franco. A fact hidden from the public eye is that Wojcicki is also a successful mother of three incredible women: Anne Wojcicki, founder of 23&Me,...

Helping India’s Rural Youth Unlock Their Potential

May 31, 2019

In 2012, Ashweetha Shetty left a remote village in Tamil Nadu to join the Young India Fellowship, a one-year post-graduate diploma program at Ashoka University in the northern Indian state of Haryana. Shetty was the first among her family members to finish college, breaking many social barriers to reach Delhi....

Whether You Like It or Not, Narendra Modi Is Here to Stay

May 23, 2019

As congratulatory messages for Modi pour in from all parts of the world, it is important to remember that the journey doesn’t end at victory. Narendra Modi, the god-like leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), appears to have won another landslide victory. Predicted to secure at least 300 of...

Staging a Revolution: The Gulabi Gang Makes Its India Theater Debut

Apr 12, 2019

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to award-winning theater director Suba Das about his play, “Pink Sari Revolution.” In 2006, Sampat Pal Devi, a woman from the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, started a vigilante group, the Gulabi Gang, to fight against domestic violence and other...

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