One State Solution.

Let’s debate the nuclear deal. August 11, 2008

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Here’s adding some gung-ho to the very creamy issue of nuclear weapons and energy.What do you and I understand?

What do we make of it?

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Speaking secularism and meaning it. February 13, 2008

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The White Ribbon Arts Collective is a group of individuals from across the sub-continent committed to redefining secularism in today’s context.

While setting up a goal as big as a One State Solution seems suicidal to many people, I gather that there are also others out there who think that this possible and worth doing.

While we are all harrowed by the erosion of the secular fabric within the subcontinent, bringing our energies together will give us the momentum we need to see this through.

Do you need convincing? Do you need to be nudged out your and our dormancy?

Among the tasks that I envision us performing are sustaining the blog, and organising diverse initiatives under White Ribbon in order to strenghten and sustain your own idea of what it means to be tolerant, secular and plural.

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Aur hamara e-mail hai onestatesolution@gmail.com.

Daer mat kijiye!

 

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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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.