A Message To Those Who Said NO To #Indiawithpakistan

Was originally published on The Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.in/priyali-sur-i/a-message-to-those-who-sa_b_6365694.html – Dec 23, 2015 The year 1992 – I was nine-years-old and living in Bhopal. The demolition of the Babri Masjid had seen its repercussions and riots in this city too. From the army cantonment where I stayed, one could see the entire expanse of the city… Continue Reading

Labour with dignity

This story was first published in Deutsche Welle’s – Women Talk Online blog Labour with dignity – May, 2014 India is busy deliberating on its next possible Prime Minister- Narendra Modi, who has been marketing his model of development in India’s Gujarat. But in the dry and arid hinterland of India’s western state , one… Continue Reading

The long and lonely fight: Q&A with Indian tribal rights activist Soni Sori

This story was first published in Women Under Siege Project http://www.womenundersiegeproject.org/blog/entry/the-long-and-lonely-fight-qa-with-indian-tribal-rights-activist-soni-sori — July 29, 2014 In a crowded auditorium at a conference on gender-based violence in Delhi this month, a frail woman sits, silently listening as lawyers and activists take turns to speak. When the discussion shifts to atrocities on adivasi (tribal) women, she takes… Continue Reading

A Delhi street where sex workers are forgotten

This story was first published in Women Under Siege Project http://www.womenundersiegeproject.org/blog/entry/a-delhi-street-where-sex-workers-are-forgotten — April 22, 2014 With painted faces and shiny clothes, almost every day of their lives these women are forced to sell themselves for sex. Their work and lives are at the bottom of everyone’s concern, but they are still tied to Garstin Bastion… Continue Reading

Does Piku’s Bhadralok Culture Endorse A Classist India?

This was originally published on The Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.in/priyali-sur-i/does-pikus-bhadralok-cult_b_7440508.html – May 28, 2005 “Yes, I’m a Bengali Sur, not a Punjabi Suri or even a Sood” – That’s my rehearsed response to the many Bengalis who repeatedly question my Bengali roots and most of them in disbelief have looked at me surreptitiously, as though gauging… Continue Reading

Silent slaves: Stories of human trafficking in India

The story was first published in Women Under Siege Project. http://www.womenundersiegeproject.org/blog/entry/silent-slaves-stories-of-human-trafficking-in-india — December 30, 2013 In a six-bed women’s ward in New Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital lies a frail 15-year-old girl. Her face and head are bandaged, leaving visible only a bruised blue-black eye and swollen lips. Burn marks and scabs extend down her neck to… Continue Reading

Uttarakhand floods: Reporting a tragedy

The original version was published on – http://www.ibnlive.com/blogs/india/priyali-sur/uttarakhand-floods-4-14142-747941.html – Jul 08, 2013 There are two questions I have been asked often, after my return from a reporting assignment on the flash floods in Uttarakhand. “How bad was the scale of destruction?” “As a journalist did you not interfere with the rescue operations?” People have asked… Continue Reading