Nilanjana Bhowmick on the Women Leading the Farmers’ Protests in India
In Conversation with Naveen Kishore
on The Quarantine Tapes
Hosted by Paul Holdengräber, The Quarantine Tapes chronicles shifting paradigms in the age of social distancing. Each day, Paul calls a guest for a brief discussion about how they are experiencing the global pandemic.
Guest host Naveen Kishore is joined by journalist Nilanjana Bhowmick on Episode 187 of The Quarantine Tapes. Nilanjana wrote a recent Time cover story on the women leading the farmers’ protests in India. She talks with Naveen about the hope she has seen in those protests and what it means to have women at the front of that movement.
Nilanjana and Naveen discuss what is unique about these protests compared to what has come before, and Nilanjana offers her sharp analysis of how they fit into the current social and political scene in India. Then, Nilanjana tells him about the women who have inspired her own work as a feminist and as a writer, and previews her upcoming book.
From the episode:
Nilanjana Bhowmick: The grief that we’re experiencing in India is as profound as it is stunning. We’re mourning the loss of our democracy—at least, some of us… and then suddenly, the pandemic scattered us on islands of grief.
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