published by Guardian Books, May 2013, e-book only.
When a student was gang-raped in Delhi in December 2012, and died of her injuries later, the incident shocked not just India but the world. Thousands of women and men came out to protest in the streets - their reflecting anger at her murder and a wider problem.
This e-book, written in the aftermath of that incident, tells the story of why violence against women in India is increasing and why it's set to get worse - affecting every facet of Indian society.
Approximately 60 million women are 'missing' in India according to the 2011 Census. This e-book will open your eyes to a part of India most people inside the country and outside barely recognise.
Read: chapter one
and chapter two
For iPads or iPhones
, or Android / Samsung / Google
devices, or Amazon UK
(£1.99) or Amazon USA
4.5 stars on Amazon.com
, and GoodReads
» Nina Saini
: "Insightful and interesting... new must read book"
» Taran Bassi
: "can't stop reading your new book"
» Doug Saunders
: "really crucial reading, with practical solutions"
» Kirsty Gogan
: well-sourced, well argued and will empower readers"
» Indrani Mitra
: "it really opened my eyes! Important read"
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Coverage: Wall Street Journal
, BBC Asian Network, BBC London, BBC local radio
After my book and several articles on the subject, I was invited to speak at TEDx Pune and TEDxWomen Amsterdam on 'India's missing women
'. Here's my talk from Amsterdam.
How did this come about?
In early January 2013 I wrote an article for the Guardian
on the Delhi gang-rape. I was subsequently approached by Guardian Books to write this mini-book, which would be published in association with Amazon.co.uk. I would have been a fool to reject the offer.
Do I need a Kindle to read it?
No, you can read it on an iPad or an iPhone or other smart tablets too. Search for it on the free iBooks or the Kindle app on your device - and get the book through that.
Does the book blame Hinduism for everything?
No, it doesn't. One part of the book looks at how religion plays a part in perpetuating fixed ideas about how women should behave. I also point out that this is contradicted (in Hinduism) by other strong female figures, and by people re-interpreting those religious texts. But the book does not blame Hinduism.
Yes, I want to thank my editor Nick Sidwell for approaching me with the idea and helping me shape it, and my friends Shreeta Shah and JC Piech
for proof-reading help and lots of great advice.
Blogging and previous projects
2008 - 2013:
I ran the UK's most popular left-of-centre political blog: Liberal Conspiracy
, which averaged over 100,000 unique readers a month. It was shut down in October 2013
I was voted Guardian blogger of the year in 2006, and Editorial Intelligence blogger of the year in 2011.
I spear-headed the launch of the New Generation Network manifesto, which challenged conventional thinking around race and faith politics. We published our manifesto in the Guardian
and had an impact on government and media policy on representation of minorities.
2005 - 2012:
I started blogging in 2005 at Pickled Politics with a group of friends. We eventually shut down Pickled Politics in 2012
2003 - 2008:
I was editor of Asian in Media
, an online magazine reporting on the ethnic media industry and minorities in the national media. The magazine became an authoritative source of news and I was frequently invited to comment on national media. I broke prominent stories, organised networking events and campaigned for more diversity in the media. As editor I was also invited to make submissions to the BBC's Charter Renewal process and speak at conferences across Europe. The site had a huge email list and I sustained myself through revenue generated from the website.
2001 - 2006:
I ran barfiCulture
, which grew to be the most popular British-Asian forum in the UK, with events, messageboards and an online magazine.