Hennolanota: One Year of Kannada Feminism in Print

Hennolanota a feminist column edited by Rupa Hassan for Andolana Mysore

The column ‘Hennolanota’, with Rupa Hassan as editor, ran for a year from March 8th 2018 to March 8th 2019 in Andolana, a local Kannada daily in Mysore. Every Tuesday we were witness to a Kannada woman writer exploring issues of gender at various intersections. This column will continue but Rupa Hassan will no longer work at editing it.

A few months ago I wrote for this column on feminist solidarity. It was incredible working with Rupa as editor. For the first time I had an editor invested in the work as much as me, guiding me in the writing process. In many ways this column has been feminist solidarity at work with so many women from so many different parts of the state of Karnataka writing about so many different things within the larger framework of negotiating patriarchal structures in everyday living.

It is also quite something for Andolana, a daily, to have carried this column every week. It is an extremely rare thing to see a newspaper have the courage to publish feminism – some of the columns were radical, in this day and age. It was also humbling to see the kind of feminism that exists in a language like Kannada where the visibility of women who write, women who are feminists continues to be a battling problem. So all in all congratulations to Rupa Hassan and the team at Andolana for having carried this off successfully!

All the articles that were published in that one year will be published as a book by the end of 2019. I look forward to that!

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