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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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Nafisa and Hyderabad: The Social Activist and the City

Twelve years have drastically changed the city of Hyderabad. Twelve years of activism have't changed much for Nafisa, who once scripted a play on women’s empowerment.

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A Conversation with Rooprekha Verma

Mistakes by our fellow organizations and activists present another subtle but serious challenge. Solidarity between different organizations and activists is necessary for wider impact. But sometimes your fellow organizations embarrass you in many ways.

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A Conversation with Shaleen Rakesh

I want to see a world where people respect each other. Where we stop labeling differences among ourselves, and rather turn to the inherent sameness of our existential realities.

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An Interview with Kavita Krishnan

In this exclusive interview, Kavita Krishnan, the secretary of All India Progressive Women's Association (AIPWA) speaks about her career trajectory as an activist and her leading role in the Delhi anti-rape movement.

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Pakistan: An Interview with Humaira Bachal

In this interview, Pakistani education activist, Humaira Bachal, speaks about her her own struggles to educate herself and her experience of working among the underprivileged.

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An Interview with Noorjahan Siddiqui

In this interview, Noorjahan Siddiqui, a social activist from the Old City, Hyderabad, speaks to Abu Saleh about her work in the area of women's empowerment.

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When Caliban Meets Binayak Sen: Academic Activism & a Materialist Praxis

What should be the role of academia in fashioning a counter-narrative to such neo-colonial coordinates? Should it continue to pursue purist textual pleasure and engage in an aesthetic form of cultural politics at the cost of radical praxis?

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Muslim Activism and Enabling Cyberspheres

I refer to the work of Jamia Teachers’ Solidarity Association an organization formed in the aftermath of the incident as a reaction to mainstream media’s endeavors to build credibility for the police action, undermine the questions raised about the veracity of the police’s version of truth, and criminalize the youth even before all facts were established.

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Fiction of Activism

The very reflective nature of these novels makes them distinct from activism as practice. The ‘fiction of activism’ offers a dialectical between the theory and practice of activism.

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Social Activism in South Asia: A Photo-Essay

A Photo-Essay on Social and Political Movements in South Asia

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