[Brought to you by the White Ribbon Abhiyaan.Message also circulated at Blogbharti.]
IDENTIFY YOURSELF GUJARAT! December 11, 2007
[ click on the ballot box]
Please copy and distribute extensively.
Yah aapke rozgaar ka zariya nahin hai. November 16, 2007
Yeh Sufed ribbon hai.
mehez isko pehenna aapki samasyaaon ka hal nahin hai.
Isse aapko aur mujhe do vakt ki roti nahin milegi.
rehne ko jaga, peene ko paani, badan dhakne ke liye kapde…
Kya aap White ribbon mein shraddha aur imaan rakhte hain? November 15, 2007
Do you have faith in the White ribbon?
Feminist, blogger and activist Anasuya Sengupta, in an essay called ‘Fundamentalisms of the Progressive‘ wrote,
‘One of our campaigns was to wear a white ribbon for peace (the White Ribbon Campaign for Peace, India) – we used it both as a symbol and as a talking point, to begin conversations about violence of all kinds, including what we call ‘communalism’ in India (the rousing of hatred against particular communities). Initially, some of our friends scoffed at us, and wondered what an insignificant white ribbon could do, to change attitudes and animosities.
But the interesting thing was that there were so many people – both young and not so young – who were unable to be political in the same way as they saw ‘activists’; they felt this meant standing at street corners with banners, or going on rallies, or shouting slogans against the government. They found this too ‘political’ (in their understanding of the term), and yet they were deeply disturbed at the kinds of violence being perpetrated in the name of religion.
So for these people, wearing a ribbon was the beginning of a series of conversations they had with others, which began other processes of change, at least in terms of breaking the silence around violence.
And because it was something everyone could do – and have conversations at whatever level of politics and ideology each was comfortable with – it wasn’t intimidating in any way, and yet gave a sense of belonging to a community against violence, and speaking up for peace.’
Do you believe in pluralism and justice?
Are you Secular, liberal, free thinking?
Do you believe that all religion has in its essence ways of leading a soulful, integrated and fulfilled life?
Do you believe that religious extremism has done us no good?
Say No to religious bigotry.
Wear a White Ribbon today.
Affirmative action, Identity politics and Divisiveness. October 24, 2007
Where is the place for looking at space defining interventions within identity politics in South Asia?
One often finds that the Indian political landscape or to put it largely, the South Asian Political landscape ridden with extremely tight notions of identity.Understandably because of the region’s history with the idea of religion and politics that grew around it.
As a consequence of this, people that want to speak of these ideas find themselves on a no man’s land between tight lipped conservationists and sometimes tighter liberationists.
If you don’t want speak of a revolution then where might be the space to speak in ways that are new and innovative? What is the language in which you are going to pitch your discourse of identity if you do not draw from existing discourses?
Somehow, No one wants to listen.
Read between my lines.Please.
Image thanks to my new best friend.