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Bansari Kamdar

Bansari Kamdar

Bansari Kamdar is a Boston-based multimedia journalist and researcher.

Bansari Kamdar is a Boston-based multimedia journalist and researcher. She is currently pursuing a post-graduate degree in Applied Economics and has an MA from Boston University in International Relations. Kamdar writes on the intersection of gender, security and political economy in South Asia. Her work has appeared in The Wire, The Quint, CNN-News18, and other outlets. She has also worked on news packages and audience engagement for WCVB-TV and FRONTLINE PBS and produced a podcast on a global development policy.

Follow her on Twitter at @bansarikamdar.

Posts by Bansari Kamdar
April 09, 2021

‘My Good Fight’: Being a Woman in Afghanistan’s Politics

By Bansari Kamdar
Hosna Jalil on fighting harassment, discrimination, and death threats as one of Afghanistan’s highest-ranking female officials.

March 22, 2021

India Detains Rohingya Refugees and Plans Deportation

By Bansari Kamdar
Under the Modi government, India's stance on Rohingya refugees is contrary to a long-standing informal position.
March 09, 2021

Gendered Land: Sri Lankan Women Battle Unequal Access to Resources

By Bansari Kamdar
A variety of legal and social hurdles stand in the way of land ownership by Sri Lankan women.

January 28, 2021

Is India Living up to Its Constitution?

By Bansari Kamdar
While the Indian constitution, celebrated every year on January 26, has an enlightened, egalitarian outlook, contemporary India’s reality tells a different story.

January 04, 2021

Death Penalty for Rape: An Ineffective Lethal Lottery in South Asia

By Bansari Kamdar
Instead of instituting capital punishment, governments need to address the social and legal problems underpinning the region's epidemic of sexual violence.

November 18, 2020

Rape Cases Surge in Nepal, Activists Question Death Penalty

By Bansari Kamdar
While awareness about sexual violence in Nepal has increased, activists still face an uphill battle.
November 02, 2020

India’s Women Bear the Burden of Unpaid Work – With Costs to Themselves and the Economy

By Bansari Kamdar
The country’s first time use survey reveal disturbing patterns when it comes to women and daily paid work.

September 25, 2020

Women in Sri Lanka Make up 56% of Voters, But Only 5% of Legislators

By Bansari Kamdar
Money, pedigree, sexism and social norms keep Sri Lanka’s largest electorate – the country’s women – out of politics.

September 10, 2020

India’s Rich Prosper During the Pandemic While Its Poor Stand Precariously at the Edge

By Bansari Kamdar
COVID-19 is increasing India’s economic inequality – which was very high even before the pandemic.

August 19, 2020

Facebook’s Problematic History in South Asia

By Bansari Kamdar
The popular social media platform has been used to incite violence against Rohingyas in Myanmar and riots in Sri Lanka and India.

August 17, 2020

In India, a Man Can Still Legally Rape His Wife

By Bansari Kamdar
Marital rape, colonial hangover, and patriarchal impunity 73 years later.
July 31, 2020

Women Left Behind: India’s Falling Female Labor Participation

By Bansari Kamdar
India’s female labor force participation is the lowest in South Asia.

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