Meghna Pant - Don’t Be An Abla Nari


Meghna Pant is a multiple award-winning author, feminist, speaker, journalist and columnist. Known as one of India’s best writers, Pant’s books have been published and always garnered critical acclaim.

Some of the Books she has written are The Man Who Lost India, Boys Don't Cry, The Terrible, Horrible, Very Bad Good News, How To Get Published In India, Feminist Rani and many more. l ac

What does Women Empowerment mean to you?

Feminism to me is not bra-burning or shouting from the rooftops or even putting a tag on it. It is not a way of women to become superior to men or a game of one-upmanship. For me, feminism is a woman who goes about her work, and is so damn good at it that she is treated with respect.

Feminism is gaining equality through dignity, hard work and accomplishment. It is not writing articles about women who are raped and holding a candle, but it is about letting women who are raped find a voice that shames the perpetrator. It is about affecting change.

How can women change the way Indian Men think about Empowerment?

Engage with men. Make them think. Shift things in their daily life. Make men lift their own plate, give their wives a scooter that makes them independent. Change is feminism. Bringing about a shift in attitude slowly and by working with both men and women. You cannot marginalize one gender for another, and call it feminism. That’s a parochial way of thinking.

Why are Indian Women less empowered?

Because they are shernis in public life but beelis at home. Prophesying something woke in public, but practising something unless in their private life. The hypocrisy has to stop for patriarchy to end­­––for both genders!

3 Tips to build self-confidence within yourself.

Be patient with yourself

Stay committed to your personal growth

Celebrate the progress you make.

3 Tips to balance your work, home and personal life.

- Be disciplined, hardworking and organized

- Don’t be afraid to ask for help

- Don’t try to be a superwoman. Being perfect is the villain of the feminist.

3 Tips to manage your money.

- Keep track of your expenses and investments.

- Learn not just to earn your own money, but to spend it, save it and invest it.

- Learn to ask for your financial rights like equal inheritance or fair pay or your promotion. Know your worth.

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3 Tips to fight Sexual Harassment at work.

- Be Informed – Know your rights, laws and company policies

- Record and Report – Make sure your prep doesn’t get away because you don’t have proof or were intimidated or spoke too late.

- Get Support - Reach out to your natal family, trusted colleagues, close friends and anyone who can help you during this challenging time.

3 Tips to Shine in a Male dominated Corporate world.

- Confidence and Assertiveness: Assert yourself without being rude or disrespectful.

- Build Relationships: Cultivate your tribe

- Embrace Your Unique Perspective: Embrace your authenticity and leverage it

3 Women causes you would like to support.

- Domestic Violence

- Financial Independence

- Equality

3 Tips to walk out of a toxic relationship.

-       Recognize that you’re being abused; don’t make excuses for your perp

-       Seek corrective action that gets you and your children to a safe place

-       Never blame yourself. Your abuser is the issue, not you. Never you. No one deserves to get hit and no one asked to be abused. It’s NOT your fault.

What’s your message for Indian Women on Women’s Day?

Be An Odd Nari

Be A Bold Nari

Be A Sanskari Nari

But – Please! – Don’t Be An Abla Nari


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