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Inji Pennu

From Kerala, India. Blogging in English and Malayalam since 2006. Lives short periods of time in India and long periods in U.S as part of work. Freelances for local dailies. Indulges in issues regarding women’s rights, subaltern studies, travel, food.

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Latest posts by Inji Pennu

2 August 2015

Indians Blast Facebook Over Broken Community Standards

"What the **** are community standards if they cannot take down a page purely abusive in nature, harassing a woman using her photos and other personal details?"

12 March 2015

The Ban on “India’s Daughter” Brings India’s Sons into Focus

The documentary about the horrific 2012 Delhi rape case wasn't perfect, but any thoughtful critiques were shoved aside when India's government banned the film and asked YouTube to block it.

7 September 2014

Student in Kerala, India Arrested for Insulting National Anthem

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Salman Zalman, a philosophy student and an activist from Kerala, was charged with sedition for allegedly disrespecting and insulting the Indian national anthem and also for a Facebook post.

10 June 2014

This Unique Anti-Rape Protest by Women in India Has Shocked Kerala

A small group of women in Kerala decided to conduct a unique protest to draw attention to the recent case of the teenage lower caste girls in Uttar Pradesh, India

25 May 2014

Kerala Didn't Hop on the Narendra Modi Bandwagon in India's Elections

Not one of the southern state's 20 elected representatives to the Indian Parliament belongs to Modi's party.

10 March 2014

PHOTOS: ‘Theyyam’ Festival of Gods in India's Kerala

With its wild drum beats and enchanting dances, the folklore festival of Theyyam takes over more than a thousand temples every year beginning in November.

11 December 2013

India Loves Gold. So Why Did Actress Rima Kallingal Get Married Without It?

"I want to use this beautiful life that I have...to send out my strong vote of protest against the dowry system that we still shamelessly and silently follow."

23 August 2013

A Disappearing Generation of Indigenous Children in Kerala, India

Thirty-five tribal children in Attappady, India have died so far this year due to malnutrition.

10 August 2013

Monsoon Rains, Deadly Landslides Devastate India's Southwestern Kerala

The Indian state of Kerala’s much loved monsoon has gone awry this year, with flash floods and deadly landslides devastating the area.

22 July 2013

Violence Against Children Rampant in India's Kerala

Five-year-old Shafiq, who is fighting for his life after being tortured by his parents, is the latest horrific case of child abuse in the state of Kerala.

15 May 2013

Muslim TV Anchor Faces Backlash in India Over ‘Uncivilized’ Veil Comment

A female anchor for a popular Malayalam-language television channel in the southern Indian state of Kerala is facing a firestorm of criticism after she called the Muslim practice of women...

12 March 2013

Indian Censor Board Restricts Papilio Buddha, A Gandhi Critic Movie

Papilio Buddha, a Malaylam language feature film, had initially been banned by the Indian censor board for defaming the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi until it got cleared for...

20 February 2013

India at the Forefront of One Billion Rising

Reports from the online and mainstream media show Indians participating in huge numbers across the country and India trending at the forefront of the global campaign, One Billion Rising.

10 February 2013

Fatwa Snowballs, Kashmir's First All-Girl Band Calls it Quits

Pragaash, the first all-girl rock band from Kashmir, has quit after a local Muslim cleric issued a fatwa calling the girls' behavior un-Islamic. The short-lived musical group had also received...

10 January 2013

Police Harass Ordinary Citizens in Kerala, India

The Delhi gang-rape case has activated many live discussions and the moral policing of the Indian societies. In Kerala, most recently there have been three incidents of police harassing the...

26 December 2012

India Debates Capital Punishment for Rape

Shocked at the brutality of the recent gang-rape of a 23 year old woman in a Delhi bus, Indians are asking for stricter laws and harsher punishments for violence against...

22 December 2012

Art Quake in Kerala – The Kochi-Muziris Biennale

A three month long international exhibition of contemporary art is being held in Kochi, in the Indian state of Kerala. Keralites in Social Media are involved in discussions about the...

26 May 2011

India: Malayalam Bloggers Campaign For Soumya

Kerala was rife with outrage, when 23 year old woman Soumya was thrown out from a moving passenger train, raped and brutally murdered. With the public losing the trust in...

18 May 2011

India: Kerala Election Results With A Subtle Warning

As the new seven member state cabinet of Kerala is to be sworn in on Wednesday the 18th of May 2011 there are no obvious signs of celebrations across the...

12 May 2011

India: Privacy for the Deceased?

The accidental death of a NIT (Calicut, Kerala) research scholar has once again sparked controversies about the privacy of women, privacy of a dead person and in general about the...

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