One State Solution.

White Ribbon Campaign kicks off in Baroda! March 28, 2008

Filed under: White Ribbon Campaign — Big Momma @ 6:43 am

The Maula Baksh Performing Arts Faculty in Baroda has been the breeding ground for many star talents in the arts. And yesterday, as part of World Theatre Day, the Faculty staged “Jayaz Hatyaare”, a play set during the Freedom Movement about a group of revolutionaries whose tactical use of killing and bombs asks questions about the nature of both activism and life. Directed by Vaibhav Soni , the ensemble was both nuanced and well fleshed out and carried off both the gravity and levity of the activist’s call.

After the play I spoke with the cast and backstage team about the White Ribbon Campaign and handed out some White Ribbons to them. The idea was well received and I hope that they look at the OSS blog and get involved. I spoke to them about using art and culture as a means to bring about ways of dealing with the communal conflict. In Gujarat this is as felt as it is seen, so I don’t think that there were any lapses in communication.

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We have a new community. March 17, 2008

Filed under: White Ribbon Campaign — Big Momma @ 5:00 pm
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The White Ribbon Campaign South-Asian community if for people who have been part of movements for communal harmony in India.This is an effort to bring us together and chart the road ahead.

WRCSA!

If you have been in any way associated with human-rights movements and anti-communalism fora then you are very welcome here.

This is a discursive space for people of all faiths, in order to unite us and build solidarity across struggles for peace and dignity.Click on the banner above to take you there.

And if you don’t do facebook or any of that stuff then you know that we have a google-group.Write to us.Leave a comment.Speak Up!

 

White Ribbons! January 3, 2008

Filed under: White Ribbon Campaign — Big Momma @ 8:37 am

Dear reader, the purpose of this elementary address is not to torture you, although I get the sense that you are seeking direction. I could only confound you. I could blind you, or choose to be oblivious like the rest of the world is.

 

Haphazardly, we could attain distance and then pretend that everything is actually o k. But its not. You and I, we are the hope.

 

The White Ribbon Campaign is something you are going to hear about often, from now on. On the 13th of December 2007, we had a White Ribbon revival meeting at Bangalore. That was four people. Turqouise or Sujatha, Johny Jagannath, Sebastian Devaraj and me.

 

Turqiouse is a woman who leads a life very sheathed in mystery, and is the coolest person on your neck of the IRC Dalnet woods.She’s spent most of her life in the Service sector and is a passionate animal rights worker. She’s sustained a hundred myths and will continue to burst forth a lot more. She doesn’t like messing with people and since this beginning to get a little intricate, I will spare you all the details.

 

Johny Jagannath is more veiled than I am. He expects a lot of difficulties on our journeys of communal reconciliation.I’m just glad that he’s a part of this.

 

Sebbi Devaraj is the hardest nut to crack.He works with issues of labour among other things at Fedina in Bangalore.With a career in the Karnataka State Government behind him and a formidable journey as a human rights activist, he still is the freshest among us, if you don’t count Turqouise’s cyber personae.

 

The juice from the meeting is that we’re up and about, and you can catch us talking about peace and communal harmony among other things, and among other places at the IRC channel that Johny Jagannath is going to set up, on the Dalnet server(?).It’s going to be called One State Solution.

 

Sebastian Devaraj is credited with the Question of the day, “How is this idea of a one State solution different from the RSS’s idea of the ancient Bharata Varsha, stretching out from Afghanistan to Sri Lanka?

The answers are simple. That this is an idea that is based on reconciliation of communal conflict.

 

The idea of uniting people based on a common consciousness and a sense of belonging, with a positive attitude towards the future is what we’re about.

 

See you around!

 

Gujarat ke rakshakon, December 13, 2007

Chunaav ke dauraan yaad rakhne layak kuch cheezein.

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[Brought to you by the White Ribbon Abhiyaan.Message also circulated at Blogbharti.]

 

IDENTIFY YOURSELF GUJARAT! December 11, 2007

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[ click on the ballot box]

This is a message in public interest circulated by the White Ribbon Campaign for Peace(India).You can also view it here and on Blogbharti.

Please copy and distribute extensively.

 

Yah aapke rozgaar ka zariya nahin hai. November 16, 2007

White Ribbon

 

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?

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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.’

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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.

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Wear a White Ribbon today.