Priya Virmani
Priya Virmani is a political and economic analyst. She contributes to print, radio and television. As a TED speaker and an international speaker, she gives talks on disruptive economics, politics, psychology, and social and female entrepreneurship, the world over. She is also the founder and director of Paint Our World, a humanitarian project that works to rehabilitate underprivileged children who have suffered trauma and abuse.

Centuries of subjugation have made women in India easy prey for sexual predators. Now’s the time to ride the momentum of the #MeToo movement to demand change – particularly at home, where much of the abuse occurs.


Priya Virmani says recent election results show India’s young voters are losing faith in the prime minister and his ability to deliver on the commitments he made to make life better for ordinary people 

Last month a six-year-old primary school girl was raped in Bangalore by her school's gym instructor and his accomplice. The incident was brushed under the carpet for days before a media expose brought it to light.

Last week's gang rape of a 22-year-old photojournalist in Mumbai comes nine months after the gang rape of a 23-year-old student aboard a bus in Delhi that led to her death. Delhi had tragically earned itself the title of India's rape capital but Mumbai, a more liberal city, was widely regarded as safe for women. Not any more.

Crimson blobs and droplets on white marble, ensconced by Buddhist architecture. A short distance away, a magnificent Bodhi tree looks over the scene. This is the image being broadcast by the Indian media following the bomb blasts at the Mahabodhi Temple in Bodh Gaya, Bihar.