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.
The hopeful: But this is a good start. If we can have this every year or twice in a year, we can get some people thinking about the idea and maybe this will catch on, who knows.
So let us give it a try, eh? (Sounds good for me)
The hopeless: Borders have been drawn in blood. Mighty presumptuous or stupidly naive of us to ask for a ‘United India’. One should think of peaceful co-existence, rather than dominate and swallow the neighbour under the thinly veiled pretext of ‘Unity’.
The One State Solution Week was created in order so that voices from Bangladesh,India and Pakistan could share common concerns about a shared history of violence, religious intolerance and colonialisation, in the hope that strong peace keeping ties between the three ‘nations’ will make a stronger lobby for peace and security in the world at large.
The idea is to draw from a pool of writings and and create a platform where these voices can come together, in the form of a web-site or a wikipedia entry.The writings need to be about what you, with your locusts stand I feel about the idea.If you can draw from historical, political, literary or artistic discourses, or better still create your own artistic material, then it would be great.
For non-bloggers:Send your write-ups (original and not longer than 1500 words).Send them in at email@example.com.
For bloggers: Blog your thoughts.Please keep them original, concise and crisp.Tag them OSSW’07 so that your post will be traceable.
Placebo: The placebo effect occurs when a patient takes an inert substance (“a sugar pill”) in conjunction with the suggestion from an authority figure that the pill will aid in healing and the patient’s condition improves.
The Placebo effect can be used in order to describe various political conditions. It is exemplified best in the ways in which democracy functions. When the public asks for answers to a certain important problem, they are given an entirely unrelated solution and made to believe that this is the cure when, in fact, it is not.
No long drawn utopia.
Only practical Solutions to grevious illnesses.
The One State Solution Week.
The One State Solution Week asks for a One State Solution to the rising religious intolerance and the Nuclear Arms Race in the subcontinent of Pakistan, India and Bangladesh.We want a future where all religions will prevail and grow and learn from each other, and where politics will for once focus on governing on the basis of well-being for one and all.
Lead us ,bring us together, listen to our woes and give us our due.Lets get back to the basics.Food, land water,air, mutual respect, education.
More debate here, and here.
September 10th to 16th, 2007 is the week for Indians, Pakistanis and Bangladeshis blog about why, how and whether you think that a One State Solution will resolve our conflict, make us more tolerant, and contribute to global peace. More Announcements here.
Volunteers from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh are required to carry out the following tasks for the One State Solution Week (10th to 16th September 2007)
1. Helping with conceptualisation.This perspective comes from an Indian.What do you in Pakistan and Bangladesh feel about it?How should the idea be communicated to people from your region?What are the other media in which this idea can be floated so we can reach out to people from all three sides.
2. Spreading the word on blogging communities in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
3.Making sure that there is an impact.Taking the event to the media in all the three countries. And making sure that it gets coverage in prominent media channels across the globe.This is crucial because we want the message to get across to leaders and key-decision makers on all three sides.
4.Urdu, Hindi, Bangla Bloggers are specially required to translate the details about this event, and get across to readers in regional languages, and in the vernacular press.
If you are interested in being a volunteer for this event then leave a comment on this post with your e-mail.
This is a collaborative event.We need to think together to start a ripple.
In his swearing in speech, the Prime Minister Man Mohan Singh pledged to be a leader in the
complete global elimination of Nuclear weapons.
Today, the opposers of the Indo-US nuclear deal , called the 123 agreement are being dared to withdraw their support of the UPA goverment on grounds of disagreement with this deal.
While the deal itself is comprehensively locked in diplomatic gives and takes, what it really spells is this.That for the future, complete disarmament of nuclear weapons is out of the question.What we will see instead is the powers that possess these weapons will also have the right to determine who else possesses them.
The threat of a nuclear war is as real now as when the US tested the first nuclear test at Alomogordo, New Mexico on 16th July 1945.
The Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty website says ‘Arms control advocates had campaigned for the adoption of a treaty banning all nuclear explosions since the early 1950s, when public concern was aroused as a result of radioactive fall-out from atmospheric nuclear tests and the escalating arms race.
Over 50 nuclear explosions were registered between 16 July 1945, when the first nuclear explosive test was conducted by the United States at Alamogordo, New Mexico, and 31 December 1953.
Prime Minister Nehru of India voiced the heightened international concern in 1954, when he proposed the elimination of all nuclear test explosions worldwide.’
We have come a long way since then.For those of you who are interested , in more analysis here is the text of the 123 Agreement, linked via Siddharth Varadarajan’s blog.