The miniature paintings of the time are a valuable primary source of information, and from them, it is clear that there were women musicians as well. The elite women, meanwhile, were patrons of art. Hamida Banu Begum, Akbar’s mother, owned her own copy of the Persian Ramayana, and asked to view it one last time before her death. Akbar’s Rajput wives, including Harkha Bai, brought their language, their food and their music to the zenana as well. So women were involved in all aspects of Mughal culture, it is just that the record-keeping for their influence is much more arbitrary. … [Read more...] about Mythological women revered, stories of historical women censored in India, says historian Ira Mukhoty
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3-Point Analysis | These companies may gain as global supply chain gets reconfigured Big Story | Decoding the importance of CSR for corporates Ideas For Profit | Is elevated rural exposure Dabur's Achilles heel? … [Read more...] about Ideas For Profit | Will HDFC’s resilient performance hold out amidst COVID-19 uncertainty?
As we look ahead to June, Pride Month is often a time where allies join their LGBTQ+ peers to champion inclusivity and belonging in the workforce. Out & Equal, a nonprofit that champions workplace equality for LGBTQ+ employees, has created a guidebook for ERGs on ways to celebrate virtually. While established traditions will look different this year, this is a global moment to celebrate authenticity and belonging with LGBTQ+ and ally communities. … [Read more...] about Employee resource groups help strengthen connection in times of uncertainty
Running for a year, from June 2020 to May 2021, a new pilot program spearheaded by Cortese will give these young adults $1,000 a month to help ease them through the financial burdens of that sudden exit from the foster system. And Cortese hopes it’s the start of something bigger: What energized this pilot wasn’t merely solving foster problems but a desire to implement a broader universal basic income as a “safety net tool” for the entire county. … [Read more...] about This $1000-a-month universal basic income program is designed to help foster youth survive
What will also transform how weavers work in the post-COVID world is their eventual mobility into a digital world. Palak Shah, CEO of Ekaya, a bespoke fashion label that works with 8,000 weavers in Benares, says that they are rethinking how the entire business model will run. “Our artisans were not just used to coming in and out of our offices since there is a lot of back and forth on designs, but would also bring the final weaved saris wrapped in potlis. Now that touchpoint could be a source of infection. We are working on a system where the weavers will be invited to meet us once a week and ask all their questions about designs and other things, instead of randomly strolling in and out of the office. We have already started using WhatsApp to give instructions and designs and check their progress. A lot of our work will go digital and we are in the process of familiarising our weavers with the digital world.” … [Read more...] about Coronavirus lockdown | India’s 7-million strong artisans’ community faces supply disruptions, cancelled orders & financial hardships