Meet Ananya Pathak – FII’s Featured Author Of January 2023

We have now been that includes the very best writers from our writers’ group for his or her dedicated contribution to FII, making it what it’s at the moment. FII wouldn’t exist if not for the passionate and constant feminist writers’ group that now we have steadily been constructing over the previous couple of years. This January, we function Ananya Pathak.

Ananya is a humanities scholar with a deep curiosity within the relationship between artwork and society, a writing obsession, and method too many weird concepts involving their digicam. A few of their common articles embrace Early Warning Challenge Report Warns Of Hindutva Politics’ Mass Killing Dangers, Web Aesthetics, Crises & Identification: A Younger Intersectional Eco-Feminist’s Perspective, Human Rights Watch World Report Talks About Indian Authorities’s “Systematic Discrimination”, FII Interviews: Dr. Sylvia Karpagam Tackling Institutional Discrimination From Inside The System amongst others.

FII: Inform us a bit about your self and what you do.

Ananya Pathak: I’m, 16, a social science scholar, multidisciplinary artist/author, and an intersectional local weather justice advocate from Mumbai, India. My work explores inclusive and sustainable menstruation, psychological well being, and coverage. Just lately, I’ve been creating The Range & Inclusive Collective, an area for artists from structurally-excluded communities and equity-centric storytelling.

FII: How did you change into part of the FII author household?

Ananya Pathak: I had simply completed my board exams, was attempting to recuperate from a quintessential identification disaster, had nosedived into local weather justice work, and wanted a protected house to punch out phrases. Having learn FII earlier than, I used to be struck by its radically intersectional power and wrote my first piece for Earth Day 2022. Later, once I had a bit extra time, I signed up as an intern–which has been probably the most splendidly exploratory expertise. I simply needed to hold writing, even after.

FII: How and when did you change into a feminist? Which points inside feminism are near your coronary heart?

Ananya Pathak: Nicely, the flip of adolescence markedly shifted my understanding of myself–which snowballed right into a political awakening, explorations of gender, a ardour for environmental justice, a imaginative and prescient for a radical utopia, and a number of enjoyable teenage whiplash to take care of. By means of these cycles of goals and burnout, I discover attaching my worth to my values of intersectional ecofeminism to be a relentless. These concepts of elementary revolution deliver a number of hope. It has given me a way of group at my loneliest.

I’m studying extra about Ambedkarite feminism and have began to strongly imagine in its socialist creations. At its heart, I imagine is an fairness of life and a mannequin of nature at its most nurturing and supportive. In some methods, the local weather disaster made me feminist–individuals are struggling proper now, nevertheless it’s not those that an ableist brahmanical patriarchy privilege. Understanding the manifestations of this oppression made me change how I seen feminism and allyship.

FII: What’s your favorite piece on this web site that you’ve got written, and your favorite piece on this web site that you’ve got learn? Why did they strike you?

Ananya Pathak: All of FII’s work is so cool! The selection is difficult however I’d say FII’s interview with TheBigFatBao On Documenting How Our Caste & Gender Decide The Meals We Eat was one of many first articles I learn to have struck me. It radically reshaped my understanding of meals cultures and launched me to the thought of how intersectional identities change one’s relationship with meals. I’ve all the time admired The Massive Fats Bao’s artwork and this gave me a greater perception into the place it’s coming from.

I can’t select from my very own items as a result of researching for every of them was so cool! All of the interviews I’ve accomplished with individuals are simply my high chosen ones, as a result of attending to take heed to folks share their tales is such a present–I most definitely can’t select favourites from them. As for one thing I wrote from scratch, I’d should go along with A COP27 Overview: Hypocrisy And Hope In Local weather Justice, simply because I bought to talk to so many on-ground activists.

FII: What do you love to do when not writing about gender and social justice?

Ananya Pathak: Creating artwork! Consuming tea. Studying/watching literary/cinematic fiction. Listening to sapphic craving music. Procrastinating. Making an attempt to relax. Volunteering with, like, 10 totally different organisations. Snacking on no matter my newest meals obsession is. Cooking with vegetation. Taking walks in overcrowded markets. Writing fiction/poetry. Researching probably the most absurd issues. Ranting to my digicam. Finding out society. Failing at socialising. Multitasking all of that without delay.

FII: What do you want about FII and our work? What extra would you wish to see from us?

Ananya Pathak: Ahh every thing. Intersectional: examine, feminist: examine, protected house for radical justice-centric media: examine. I simply need to see this house develop, deliver newer points, views and options from structurally excluded communities to readers and I need to stay to indicate off the archives to future feminist youngsters once I’m now not one. Honoured and grateful to be right here.

FII thanks Ananya for his or her well timed and helpful contributions. We’re extremely grateful to have them as part of our writers’ group and admire them for his or her deeply informative writing. You may comply with them on LinkedIn and YouTube.