Link for ‘India’s Daughter’, A BBC Documentary
Tolerance is an art which is exemplified best by barking dogs and the marching elephant. Banning and drifting the focus from realization to accusation is nowhere a tolerant action, but instead an exaggeration of denial, disparage and desultory. Terming Introspection as fashionable for the cocktail circuits and pinpointing the actions from a foreign land are burying women issues under the carpet as well as kicking off our own responsibilities of working towards a progressive nation.
Yes, not the best documentary but serves the purpose of generating a stir within…..Which fosters in realizing that it all boils down to education, women equality and freedom for every being for societal progress. And how the country is ahead and also behind… The big contrast needs diminishing and everyone has to contribute…AND THIS IS ALL THAT WE HAVE TO TAKE FROM THESE 59 MINUTES..!!
Just pause the thoughts for two minutes and think if scrapping the video is what all of us are actually counting on for a safer nation!!! ..Shouldn’t the reform start with a priority action on the criminals in prison, criminals in uniform and criminals in power by the worthy in power and worthy to mediate!!!!
Who would have thought the cartoons to be inspirational for some… not me certainly..!! But there are a few gems in our society who are developing a new genre of humor …which not only produces a chuckle from all of us but it also manages to give an introspection to everyone in the same society. What we were…. what we are… where are we heading…. the answers to such deep questions can be easily realized with a few or even one cartoon… for instance, the cartoons below do not require any context…. self explanatory and sufficient enough for us to judge the evolutionary curve of communication!
Often the work of social awareness and health promotion involves realization of reality which can be daunting to many. We can never let go of the ethical rules and we always have to keep our empathetic as well as practical personalities on the fore front. But being a social researcher, I have realized that people like the activists to be easy going and comforting and the social conversations to not be overly intense. If we have to be practical with our approaches which is comforting as well; the tone of our actions becomes restricted… and so, one of these ways is fostering realization with humor..!!
Speaking of cartoons and social action, the minds rarely pop up with women creators. It may be because majority of the animators, cartoonists and graphic designers are men. What could be the reasons for this majority… well perhaps would ponder upon this in the next blogs… but for now, I would just like to acknowledge some of the wonderful work done by a New York based female cartoonist, Liza Donnelly. She has set an example for many women who firstly never realized this field to be apt for their professional interests or even if the women did, majority never really touched upon the funny bone in their creations. Well, its not too late. Perhaps the Liza Donnelly video below may inspire some women and also the men (well there are jokes!!) to rekindle their romance with humor..!
So there were two things, this post was aimed at… in case you were lost!
Firstly, wake up to the needs and benefits of humor in social action and secondly, Blabbering around ‘Women..the Victim’ or ‘Women… the serious sex’ isn’t always necessary. In fact, we should completely rubbish these notions. Instead, establish ‘attractive humorous women’ in the world…Now won’t that be great..!!!
Leaving you with some of Liza Donnelly’s work..!!
So, before as I was rambling about how Indian Women aren’t just black or white. It is the grey that makes us different and beautiful….. (well..the grey in hair can be debated !!). But the diversity extends on so many levels that if one tries to put on his/ her Dexter glasses and analyze the estimate of these levels, he/ she would probably end up sitting at the Himalayan Peak with one of the ‘Aghori Babas’.
A few days ago when I posted the ‘Diverse Ways of Employing Power’; I realized that there is another element… so distinctive for an Indian Woman… and that is Love. Now that I come to think of it as I write, the title that mentions, ‘Ways of Employing Love’ would have attracted an entirely different audience, I believe one should scroll down the post before you go ‘WTF’..!!
Coming back to the subject! So, just like power has its personalized meaning for every woman in India, love too doesn’t just signify romance… It is ironic though that love, which is such a positive phenomena, does not always portray what it is supposed to. While, we have beautiful shades of white in love that can make us so appealing and refreshing, we cannot just be on a loop praising us…oh the lovely us..!! In fact, the grayness and blackness of love in India can sometimes make us devastated, depressed and dreadful..!!
1. LOVE THAT TURNS AVARICE
2. LOVE THAT TURNS PHILANTHROPIST
3. LOVE THAT TURNS PASSIONATE
4. LOVE THAT TURNS APATHETIC
5. LOVE THAT TURNS REVERENTIAL
6. LOVE THAT TURNS GOD FEARING
7. LOVE THAT TURNS SURPRISING
8. LOVE THAT TURNS EGREGIOUS
9. LOVE THAT TURNS INTELLIGENT
10. LOVE THAT TURNS SLY
11. LOVE THAT SLAUGHTERS
12. LOVE THAT REINFORCES
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Its been long debated… often a one sided extempore which favor the violated, discriminated and helpless faces of Indian Woman. Being a Indian Woman myself, I believe there are plethora of shades in us just like an Indian Man. Who said the Indian Woman is defined by universal tags? Who advocated the societal rule of accepting Indian Woman as either the white or the black? We have grey among us….we aren’t different from the rest but the diversity lies within us….within the Indian Women..!!!
Be it any human, every one has a sense of power. Metamorphosis of power, however, may be different for different beings. What could be the common translations of power in Indian Woman…. Are they possibly identical to Women everywhere in the world?
1. The One Who Leads
2. The One Who Dominates
3. The One Who Mobilizes
4. The One Who Manipulates
5. The One Who Supports
6. The One Who Subverts
7. The One Who Conforms
8. The One Who Reforms
And these are just a few grains from the ‘Power’ pot..!!!…. Many More to Explore…Many More to Comprehend !!!
This credible piece created by Zana Briski and Ross Kauffman is an eye opener and could serve as the same for many like me. Sonagachi, one of the largest red light areas of the world has been constantly dumped under the carpet along with the problems of its women and children. It can be noted though that education is made available along with other facilities for sustaining life. But the problem lies in the fact that all of these facilities have not been ensured or are not advocated as mandatory for all the citizens in the area. Additionally, with the painful bureaucracy run in order to avail these facilities, the worth of the so called ‘social action’ remains questionable.
This documentary was shot in 2004 but can we believe that the situation has completely taken a turn for the better. It may have improved a notch or gone a step back. Who is checking? Who is evaluating? Who is helping?