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Kavita Chowdhury

Kavita Chowdhury

Kavita Chowdhury is an independent journalist and writes on development, politics, gender, culture.

Kavita Chowdhury is an independent journalist and an Adjunct Faculty at the Asian College of Journalism, Chennai. With two decades of experience in the industry, Kavita writes on a diverse range of issues, including politics, current affairs, gender, and developmental challenges facing the economy. Kavita is an equally passionate writer on travel, heritage, art and culture. She enjoys chronicling stories of courage and resilience of ordinary people. She has been a correspondent for some of the leading national news publications such as Business Standard, The Indian Express and Mail Today of the India Today group. She has written for Indian and foreign publications, including San Francisco Chronicle, The Hindu Business Line, The Hindu, Live History India, and the Economic and Political Weekly.

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Posts by Kavita Chowdhury
September 23, 2022

Critic and Key Challenger Softens Stance Against Indian PM Modi

By Kavita Chowdhury
Chastened by investigations against her party leaders, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee makes a tactical shift.

September 12, 2022

Can Rahul Gandhi’s Long March Revive the Fortunes of the Congress Party?

By Kavita Chowdhury
The march has enthused the rank and file but India’s main opposition party needs to address its leadership crisis and organizational issues as well.
August 23, 2022

Seven Decades After It Was Abolished, ‘Untouchability’ Continues to be Practiced in India

By Kavita Chowdhury
The recent killing of a Dalit child for drinking water out of a pot meant for upper caste people lays bare the extreme discrimination, exclusion, and violence that Dalits suffer.

August 10, 2022

Enforced Vegetarianism in India

By Kavita Chowdhury
Meat shops and slaughter houses in Gurugram near New Delhi will stay shut for nine days during a Jain religious festival.

July 27, 2022

School Social Science Textbook Revisions in India Kick Up Controversy

By Kavita Chowdhury
The deletions from history and political science textbooks seem aimed at rewriting history.

July 14, 2022

Abortion Is Legal in India, But Social Stigma Hampers Access

By Kavita Chowdhury
Social stigma attached to abortion forces women especially the unmarried, to turn to unsafe abortions, especially pills prescribed by the local chemist.
June 27, 2022

New Military Recruitment Scheme Roils India

By Kavita Chowdhury
Under the scheme, soldiers recruited to non-officer ranks will serve for four years only and be denied pension.

June 21, 2022

Flip-Flop on Wheat Exports Angers Indian Farmers

By Kavita Chowdhury
Farmers were hoping to benefit from soaring global wheat prices. The export ban dashed their hopes.

June 13, 2022

India’s Supreme Court Recognizes Sex Work as a Profession

By Kavita Chowdhury
Voluntary sex work is legal in India but trafficking for sex is punishable under the law.

May 31, 2022

Contrary to Hindutva Claims, India’s Muslim Fertility Rate is Declining Sharply

By Kavita Chowdhury
The fertility rate among Muslims has dropped by nearly half since 1993, according to the latest National Family Health Survey.

May 23, 2022

Bulldozers Emerge as an Important Weapon in BJP’s Anti-Muslim Arsenal

By Kavita Chowdhury
The demolition of properties owned by Muslims was electorally rewarded in Uttar Pradesh. The tactic is being adopted in other parts of India now too.
May 06, 2022

Modi Government’s Plan to Make Hindi India’s National Language Stirs Conflict

By Kavita Chowdhury
This is an assault on India’s federalism and linguistic diversity, even its Constitution, say experts.

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