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Vidyut Kale

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Vidyut Kale
Born(1975-12-06)December 6, 1975[1][2]
🏡 ResidenceVirar, Mumbai
🏳️ NationalityIndian
💼 Occupation
Internet blogger, activist, author, journalist
Notable credit(s)Indian domestic abuse, Indian corruption

Vidyut Kale (born 6 December 1975) is an Indian blogger, activist, author, and journalist whose work exposing domestic abuse in Indian families,[1] has been covered by both international media,[3] and academic research.[4][original research?] Her work on exposing political and public corruption India has also been covered in the Indian media,[5][6][7] and her challenges from Indian digital censorship,[8] has been covered in academic study,[9] and United Nations CSTD studies.[10][11] She is sought for comment by mainsteam Indian media on social and political issues.[12][13][14] Her collected blogs were published as a book.[15]


Kale has been blogging since 2009 on issues in Indian society, being described in 2010 as a "Wikileaks" of India.[16][1] In October 2011, she came to national prominence in India due to her posts on the Keenan and Reuben murders in Mumbai, which exposed evidence that the media and Indian police seemed to ignore.[5] In 2013, India Today said of Kale: "The daredevil homemaker-cum-blogger shot into news with her blogs on the Keenan and Reuben murders in Mumbai. It was her efforts that helped the poor families get the attention that their case required and helped prevent the killers from going scot-free".[7] Former Indian spymaster B. Raman, said of her work on getting justice for the perpetrators of the Keenan-Reuben murders: "We owe a debt of gratitude to Vidyut".[5]

In September 2012, Kale's blog again came to national attention when she received documents regarding prominent Indian public figures involved in corrupt land deals, which Kale posted on her blog;[8] she resisted orders to remove the material stating that it was correct, however she was later forced to relent when she received notices on under the controversial Indian IT Act, which even if the material was accurate, would still expose Kale to litigation.[9][8][17] The censorship of Kale's 2012 disclosures under the Indian IT Act was covered in academic research on digital censorship.[9]

In 2013, she gained further national Indian attention when she created spoof websites on Kapil Sibal, then Gujrat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi.[6][7][18] India Today, describing Kale as "the brain behind the sarcasm sites", said that: "Her spoofs are a direct result of her anger at the politicians who say wrong things or stray away from their promises".[6]

In 2014, Kale was identified by The Telegraph as being one of a small number of "women who matter in India's Twitterverse", noting that she described herself as "intellectual anarchist".[19] In 2015, the Times of India covered Kale as one of two important female Twitter bloggers in India, noting that her work brings her into direct conflict with the "BJPs "unofficial" army of trolls".[5]

Kale has also been involved with other Indian political campaigns (e.g. Pirate Party and India Against Corruption),[12][20] and is quoted about her views on Indian politics and society in mainstream media.[13][14]

Kale summarised her work on into a book: Thoughts on India at from differences to diversity.[15]

Domestic abuse[edit]

Kale has used her website to discuss issues like homophobia in India, and the extent of unreported domestic abuse in Indian families and society; for which Kale has received both international attention,[3] academic and scholarly coverage,[4] as well as mainstream Indian media attention.[7] She has confronted domestic abuse in her own marriage and written about it.[3][4] In March 2012 the New York Times quoted Kale as saying that "There is a silencing — from the family or from well-meaning friends who fear for the woman’s safety", and that: “The abuser never wants a spotlight on their actions, but breaking the silence is liberating. I stopped owning the shame when I spoke out”. She also told the New York Times that: "Most Indian women are in an unequal environment,” Ms. Kale said. “You go from your parents’ house to your husband’s house. If they are no longer welcome in their parents’ home after marriage, what do they do when there’s violence in their husband’s home? Why should they end up homeless?”.[3] In January 2015, one of Asia's highest rated think-tanks, the Observer Research Foundation, commented on Kale's struggle saying that: "When these women speak out about abuse, they are often labelled as hysterical, as seen clearly in the case of Kale", and that: "She faces as much abuse for her radical socio-political views as she gets for washing her dirty linen in public".[4]

Digital journalism[edit]

In 2013, Kale's contribution was recognised by the United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development working group on "Democratizing the global governance of the Internet".[10][11]

Vidyut Kale regularly contributes on rural affairs to Palagummi Sainath's digital People's Archive of Rural India,[21] and to other English-Hindi language digital news websites such as The Quint,[22] India Today's online DailyO news site,[23] and Indian digital media entrepreneur Nikhil Pahwa's news site, MediaNama.[24][25] Kale's 2015 interview with Palagummi Sainath for the US newspaper, The Yale Herald,[26] was noted in academic research on journalism in the developing world by scholars from Northwestern University.[27]

Personal life[edit]

She was a trekking guide in Himalayas, and a corporate trainer, before turning into a full time mother on the birth of her son in 2009.[1][5] She has a husband and a son and lives in Virar, Mumbai.[6][19]

Ironically, she notes that her family and her husband are Bharatiya Janata Party supporters, and that her husband has never read her blog.[5]


  • Kale, Vidyut (October 2012). Thoughts on India at from differences to diversity. Saarbrücken BloggingBooks. p. 148. ISBN 978-3841770233. OCLC 863996004. Search this book on Logo.png?tag=everybodywikien-20

See also[edit]

  • Meera Vijayann, independent journalist covering gender-based violence


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Hemchhaya De (2 May 2017). "Blogger Vidyut Kale on being politically incorrect". Retrieved 2019-03-15.
  2. "@Vidyut". Twitter. 6 December 2015. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Roy, Nilanjana S. (27 March 2012). "When Home Is No Refuge for Women". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-03-15. Vidyut Kale is a corporate trainer and blogger who has written extensively about witnessing domestic violence in her family as a child, and then confronting abuse — emotional, financial and sexual — in her own marriage.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Nishtha Gautam (January 2015). "Gender and Identity on Social Media" (PDF). Observer Research Foundation (87): 4–7. Retrieved 23 March 2019. Vidyut Kale, a stay-at-home mother and an online activist from Maharashtra, often tweets about the domestic abuse which she says she suffers at the hands of her husband. She faces as much abuse for her radical socio-political views as she gets for washing her dirty linen in public.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Robin David; Sharmila Ganesan Ram (25 June 2015). "The real housewives of Twitter - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2019-03-15.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 "Meet the brain behind the sarcasm sites on Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi". India Today. 2012-03-27. Retrieved 2019-03-15.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 "After Narendra Modi, Rahul Gandhi, Kapil Sibal gets a sarcastic site on himself". India Today. 3 August 2013. Retrieved 23 March 2019. The daredevil homemaker-cum-blogger shot into news with her blogs on the Keenan and Reuben murders in Mumbai. It was her efforts that helped the poor families get the attention that their case required and helped prevent the killers from going scot-free.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Sathe, Gopal (2 November 2012). "liveMint: Free Speech | Virtual empowerment". Mint. Retrieved 23 March 2019. Blogger Vidyut Kale has run for six years. Mumbai-based Kale has written about corruption in the past and when someone sends her proof about a scam or a particular case, she posts the details on her website.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Namrata Chakraborty (Symbiosis Law School) (July 2016). "HUMAN RIGHTS AND DIGITAL MEDIA: A STUDY ON THE STATUS OF FREE SPEECH IN VIRTUAL WORLD WITH RESPECT TO US, UK & INDIAN OUTLOOK" (PDF). International Journal of Law and Legal Jurisprudence Studies. 3 (3): 384-385. ISSN 2348-8212. Indian Scenario: Vidyut Kale
  10. 10.0 10.1 "List of organisations and individuals supporting civil society input to the UN Working Group looking at institutional mechanisms for global governance of the Internet". IT For Change. September 2013. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  11. 11.0 11.1 "Response to the questionnaire issued by CSTD Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation" (PDF). United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development. September 2013. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Kim Arora (2 May 2014). "Activists bemoan absence of "active" Pirate Party in India". Times of India. Retrieved 23 March 2019. Mumbai-based blogger and activist Vidyut Kale became active with the Indian Pirate Party last year.
  13. 13.0 13.1 Khuldune Shahid (8 January 2016). "Peace after Pathankot". The Friday Times. Retrieved 23 March 2019. Indian sociopolitical blogger Vidyut Kale believes that while critics of Modi will not spare the opportunity to question him, most of them – except Shiv Sena – are very pro-talks.
  14. 14.0 14.1 DIVYA RAJAGOPAL (10 February 2015). "Team AIB apologises to Christian community". India Times. Retrieved 25 March 2019. "Knowing the state of breaking law to create outrage, profiting from it, and ENDORSING them with public apology after apology. AIB FAIL," tweeted Vidyut Kale, blogger and a frequenter commentator on the micro blogging site Twitter.
  15. 15.0 15.1 Kale, Vidyut (October 2012). Thoughts on India at from differences to diversity. Saarbrücken BloggingBooks. p. 148. ISBN 978-3841770233. OCLC 863996004. Search this book on Logo.png?tag=everybodywikien-20
  16. "Indian woman mirrors WikiLeaks". ePathram. 7 December 2010. Retrieved 27 March 2019. Vidyut Kale, a behavioural scientist and corporate trainer based in Mumbai says that she felt that the Indian media has made a mess of the way the WikiLeaks revelations were reported.
  17. "EDITORIAL: The world will remember 2012 as the year India tried every form of censorship imaginable on the internet, and failed". PCQuest (magazine). 28 May 2012. Retrieved 27 March 2019. Activist-blogger Vidyut Kale got a take-down notice for her blog post about a raid on a yacht party, where she exposed a history of financial misdealings. She too got a taste of Rule (3)
  18. Robin David (29 July 2013). "Narendra Modi spoof site resurrected in protest". Gadgets Now. Gounder and Kale say that they are not afraid of upsetting people.
  19. 19.0 19.1 Prasun Chaudhuri (8 March 2014). "Girls just wanna have... a voice". The Telegraph. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  20. "Annual Core Committee Meeting" (PDF). India Against Corruption. September 2013. p. 6. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  21. "Articles by Vidyut Kayle". Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  22. "Dear Centre & UIDAI, Please Stop Misdirecting Us on Aadhaar". The Quint. 18 May 2018. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  23. "Articles by Vidyut Kale". DailyO. Retrieved 27 March 2019. She is a blogger and commentator on social and socio-political issues
  24. Vidyut Kale; Nikhil Pahwa (1 May 2018). "Cracked Aadhaar enrollment and updation software for sale on the black market: Report". MediaNama. Retrieved 27 March 2019. Vidyut is a commentator on socio-political issues with a keen interest in behavioral sciences, digital rights and security and manages to engage her various proficiencies to bring an unusual perspective to issues related with the intersection of tech and people.
  25. "Articles by Vidyut Kale". MediaNama. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  26. Vidyut Kale (10 March 2015). "Sitting down with P. Sainath". The Yale Herald. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  27. Jairo Lugo-Ocando; An Nguyen (1 January 2017). Developing news global journalism and the coverage of “third world” development. Taylor & Francis. p. 144. ISBN 9780415621823. Search this book on Logo.png

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