India, world’s largest womb of democracy, well adorned by robust legislative, executive and judicial powers, with checks and balances on each others. Democracy has another important fourth pillar — media! Media is a term homologous to revolution - an institution that builds a nation, an agitation which regulates elected government.
The media covers each and every issue which is of public interest. Social, political, economic, cultural aspects of society are covered by media. Media should stand for justice and assist common man in their struggle for justice within a society having inequality, though the constitution argues strongly for “equality”…
Kiran C. Valake
The Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act, 2013 was instituted on September 18th, 2013 in which a manual scavenge is defined as, “a person engaged or employed by an individual or local authority, an agency, or a contractor, for manually cleaning, carrying, disposing of, or otherwise handling in any manner, human excreta in an insanitary latrine, an open drain or pit into which the human excreta from the insanitary latrines is disposed of, or on a railway track, before the excreta fully decomposes”.
This Act criminalises the employment of individuals as manual scavengers…
I was expecting the three years of my life in Lady Shri Ram (LSR) college to be full of growth, learning and empowerment in an encouraging environment. But, it turned out to be very different from what I was expecting. A large part of my college years were spent struggling to find some space in an upper-caste and elite institute; asking myself, “What is wrong with me?” and often times ending up feeling inadequate.
The feminism that LSR carries on its sleeve so proudly excludes a lot of us, the “quota students” who, according to the general Savarna…
A vagarious mind
tired of wandering like clouds
above the hills of Himalayas,
now needs an aimful settlement,
peaceful rest where they can breathe.
Frost told them
to choose the road less travelled.
But believe me that’s full of
forks and pieces of stones,
and their slippers have been rigged
because they run differently
and Frost never told how to run…
The road isn’t singular,
but they wonder what to choose amongst them all,
so that they can find an end.
They find many beautiful faces
in those lovely, deep and dark woods
whom they love…
Kiran C. Valake
On the occasion of Women’s Day in 2015, media critic, blogger and public speaker Anita Sarkeesian during a panel discussion described her journey of discovering feminism. She said, “I sort of joke about how it was the most liberating thing that ever happened to me, and also the most frustrating for everyone around me. Cause, like, when you start learning about systems, everything is sexist, everything is racist, everything is homophobic, and you have to point it all out to everyone all the time.”
I think about this statement a lot. Everything is sexist, everything is racist…
I am penning this down humming to The Casteless Collective’s #Magizhchi
“ Unite beyond the differences… That’s the real magizhchi! We are slaves to none, that’s the real magizhchi! Love is the real magizhchi! Bleeding blue we will march our way forward”
Blue. for me, it is
a stream of emotions
an ensuring hug
of solidarity and love
Foremost of all, it is
my Babasaheb’s vision
I keep walking towards that Blue., towards that Blue Dawn
For freedom, for strength, for love.
I — YOU — THEY — THEM — US — OURS