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Contents – Social Activism in South Asia: Obstacles and Achievements (Issue 2)

Second Issue Index

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Editorial – Social Activism in South Asia: Obstacles and Achievements

“To affirm that men and women are persons and as persons should be free, and yet to do nothing tangible to make this affirmation a reality, is a farce”– Paulo Freire (Pedagogy of the Oppressed)

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Speaking Humanity

The idea was never to change the world but only to express my love through service to humanity. Thus, more than any external factor, it is an internal journey that inspires my social service and entrepreneurship.

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Kracktivism: ‘Bridge the Gap, Bring the Change’

I don't believe in slacktivism , arm chair activism, or clicktivism and I hate the terms/labels. Things such as signing petitions online should be looked at not in isolation but together with the other strategies being used to raise awareness, for every campaign needs a multi-pronged approach.

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An Epistle from an Activist

But the passion and dedication with which the old school of social workers did what they believed in, had also touched me to the core much before I learnt to reason. So there is a curious mix of both the philanthropic and the radical feminist tradition working within me, sometimes producing eccentric outcomes that I myself find difficult to fathom!

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Pasmanda Activism: The Quest for a Post-Minority Politics

If we go by the dominant imagination, then Islam is circulated as an egalitarian religion and Indian Muslims on the whole, especially in the post-Sachar scenario, are conceived as a marginalized community. The pasmanda counter-discourse has taken issues with both these formulations.

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Sexual Justice and the Problem of Language

Gay pride marches are significant new forms of public visibility in Indian cities. But think of how they are invariably reported, visually and verbally, in newspapers and on TV: the same pictures of flamboyantly dressed and made-up people, making it impossible to figure out whether you are looking at Mumbai, San Francisco or Rio.

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On Being a Gay Activist in India

How many times have you reached home in a state of rage, blinded by your own tears because you are furious with yourself for having convinced yourself that way?

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Reminiscences of an Activist: The Lessons Learnt in Implementing a Functional Literacy Project for Women in Sri Lanka

Already, all access to the Northern Province was closed as a result of renewed hostilities. On account of being a more mixed ethnic community of Tamils and Muslims, the East had maintained road access. Since East offered more access for monitoring visits, we focused our attention on the Eastern province.

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From empathy to activism: Creating ‘Visions’ in Sri Lanka

I grew up in the age of print and television media in the ‘80s and early ‘90s, when news coverage of Sri Lanka was rarer than it is today. Hence my exposure to the conflict was limited. But on occasions, the ‘uncles’ in my community would gather the Tamil youth to describe horrific events taking place in our homeland, such as the rape and murder of a 16-year-old schoolgirl at an army checkpoint in Jaffna in 1996.

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