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16 Feb 3:42:52 pm

National Anthem : Stand or not to Stand !

[caption id="attachment_410" align="aligncenter" width="1075"] Graphics Courtesy: Shuvojit Moulik[/caption] To be or not be that is the question. And Judiciary will question your patriotism if the you do not stand during the time when National Anthem is played in cinema halls. The Supreme Court has directed all the cinema halls in India to play National Anthem before the movie starts and the people present in the movie hall are required to stand when the National Anthem is being played. The S...
16 Feb 3:42:52 pm

The Other Palette: Shades of the unheard Voices from State Level Sports for Persons with Disabilities

We met like stories at the crossroad of multiple couplets within metres riddled with digressions creating a space where the multifarious ‘other’ exists complementing our daily survival. There are days when these stories torture our perceptions inviting the ‘other’ to relegate our circadian roles to a sweet slumber. And today as I met my stories, rippling on the vibe of the multifarious ‘other’, my eyes found new sights and my story led me to those corners of the Mohun Bagan stadium...
16 Feb 3:42:52 pm

Terrorism , Hindutva & the Indian Context

The most common jargon we hear is, “All Muslims are not terrorists but why are all terrorists Muslims”. Well the truth is, “No”, not even remotely true. The reason is that ‘terrorism’ is today accepted only that which is Islamist. The media today has made terrorism synonymous to Islam & Pakistan thus concocting a dangerous recipe of Hindu Nationalism mixed with some amounts of jingoism. [caption id="attachment_383" align="alignnone" width="750"] Picture Courtesy : Sourav Chakr...
16 Feb 3:42:52 pm

#StandWithJNU : Section 124A SEDITION : REASON FOR TREASON

The term ‘sedition’, according to Wikipedia, states, “In law, sedition is overt conduct, such as speech and organization, that tends toward insurrection against the established order”. But looking at the situation that is prevalent in the country currently; ‘sedition’ may be merely pari passu to being ‘intolerant’. To put it in simpler terms, if an ideology does not agree with the conformations laid down, it may be termed as ‘sedition’ or ‘seditious activity’. The hist...
16 Feb 3:42:52 pm

#StandWithJNU : Tax debate : the free-spirited parrots who need to be CAGED

A certain section of the country is suddenly concerned about what use the Tax Payer’s money is being put to especially in the case of JNU. Several social media posts have questioned the spending of tax payer’s money on the ‘anti-nationals’ of JNU,  as they had done before for FTII and IITs. Before going into the debate of whether this concern is right or wrong, let us first ponder into India’s tax collection and its spending on education. [caption id="attachment_334" align="alignri...
16 Feb 3:42:52 pm

#StandWithJNU: The What, Why and How of It !

It seemed like something this would blow over quite easily. Cultural evenings, debates and discussion are an everyday affair at JNU; - an integral aspect of the dynamic lifestyle that pervades the entire campus. Evenings spent at one dhaba or the other, sipping chai and talking about everything and anything under the tall trees are a memory that several JNUites, both past and present will identify with. Yet the events of 9th February are a contested memory for many. The fact is that there was an...
16 Feb 3:42:52 pm

COLORS OF LOVE: A PICTORIAL TALE OF QUEER EROTICA

Love me like the wave loves the rock, I will drink the elixir of despair, In sweet fondness, my shell will crack, Our love will break free from the shackles!! Make love to me shattering everyone's apprehension, Who are 'you', when the 'I' chooses a different shore? Leave the 'you', tear the 'I', Let the love choose its own way in 'us'!!   Millions and millions of years ago, life was created on a planet called Earth which became the abode of innumerable  living creatures, discovered an...
16 Feb 3:42:52 pm

Media Sensationalizing LGBTIQ lives?

  In the present context the LGBTIQ community is defined through a legal nomenclature: Article 377. The LGBTIQ community is portrayed as victims by assigning legal frameworks exclusively for them which in reality also affects the Heterosexual community.  Thanks to the media, article 377 is known as GAY SEX LAW when in reality in criminalizes all forms of sexual activity other than “peno-vaginal” sex. Media sensationalizes and glorifies Hegemonic Heteronormativity by stereotyping sex...
16 Feb 3:42:52 pm

"City in Love" Portrays the word “Queer” in its truest sense

The City In Love is a calendar for 2015 which was conceptualised and compiled by Archan Mukherjee. This calender was released at DIALOGUES: CALCUTTA INTERNATIONAL LGBT FILM AND VIDEO FESTIVAL at Goethe Institute / Max Mueller Bhavan on this November.   Where did the idea of this Calendar “City in Love” originate from? [caption id="attachment_255" align="alignleft" width="240"] Archan Mukherjee[/caption] Archan: The idea for this calendar actually originated from my previous...
16 Feb 3:42:52 pm

IPC 377 , Science and Heterosexuality

  Whoever voluntarily has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal, shall be punished with imprisonment for life, or with imprisonment of either description for term which may extend to ten years, and shall also be liable to fine “ The Supreme Court clearly mentions Section 377 does not target any particular group or community but includes everybody regardless of sexual orientation. ANYBODY (that is, including heterosexual people) who practices AN...
16 Feb 3:42:52 pm

Politics of Kiss

“ Kiss of love “ is a movement against moral policing of the state and religious fanatics. It is a non violent protest which started off in Kerala after various incidents of moral policing which includes vandalism, unlawful arrest and attack on common people. The protest garnered momentum when students of Jadavpur University organized a similar initiative in front of Jadavpur Police Station at Kolkata. Soon Delhi University and students from other parts joined in and by now  “Kiss of love...
16 Feb 3:42:52 pm

Press Release : Walk for Paralympics

Issued on 25th August, 2014 [caption id="attachment_202" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Press conference at Calcutta Sports Journalist Club[/caption] Civilian Welfare Foundation (CWF) is organising a Walk for Paralympics on August 28, 2013.This is the 3rd year of this initiative.  The walk will begin at 2 PM from Jadavpur University (8B Bustand) to Deshapriya Park. [caption id="attachment_200" align="alignleft" width="167"] A sample Press coverages in a Bengali Daily Aajkal. For othe...
16 Feb 3:42:52 pm

Recommend a Para-athlete [Last Date : 15th August 2014]

Civilian Welfare Foundation promotes Paralympics in various ways. One of the unique ways have been sponsoring of budding Para-athletes. To know more about Indian Paralympics visit www.facebook.com/supportparalympics . In the coming days CWF will be facilitating 15 scholarship for under 21 budding para-athletes. If you want to send in your recommendation for any para-athlete kindly use the attached form.RECOMMENDATION FOR BUDDING PARA ATHLETES To recommend a Para-athlete for an upcoming award...
16 Feb 3:42:52 pm

Civilian Welfare Foundation : THE BABY IS OUT FROM THE CRADLE....3 Years & Flying

“We always crib...we always accuse,the system is running down still...we choose to refuse We argue from the cosiest corners, we comment from the safest armchair  Yet we choose to refuse and overlook the rarest of rare Time to work, time to choose...Welcome to the system, don’t you dare refuse!” Decentralisation, non-hierarchical, transparent....These were the words always occurring in our chats, our voice calls, messages ....January , February , March April , May 2011,.....Sky...
16 Feb 3:42:52 pm

Sponsor the Paralympic Athletes : Saheb & Rubia

Para-athletes Rubiya Chatterjee and Saheb Hussain have been selected for 2014 IPC Athletics Grand Prix to be held at Tunisia from 12th-19 June 2014. This is a qualifier for the upcoming Asian Games, Commonwealth Games and Rio Paralympics 2016. Since, this is a non-funded event, hence the athletes would have to bear all the cost by themselves. Each of them would require Rs. 1,40,000/-  (Total expense for two athletes along with their nutrition is Rs 3,00000) approximately ( as specified in the s...
16 Feb 3:42:52 pm

Members' Speak

“We quarrel, we make a lot of noise…But just at the right time we become the loudest voice” Here's what our members, interns and volunteers have had to say !! [caption id="attachment_116" align="alignleft" width="158"] Suchandra Ganguly[/caption] Suchandra Ganguly : “The best thing that happened to me till date is CWF. I as a person changed a lot and got to know a lot about myself after I joined here. The foundation days were shaky as rather than working for the society it was ...
16 Feb 3:42:52 pm

INDIAN TELEVISION: Let disputes replace talents in Indian Paralympics…!!

The Paralympics 2012 is verging towards the End. The show which is being regarded as the most popular Paralympic games got a huge response all over the world. “The appeal of the Games has grown alongside the public appeal and acceptance of Paralympic sport as a high performance sport,” the (International Paralympic Committee) IPC’s Hartung said. Among countries where broadcasting rights for the Paralympics have been sold for the first time are Iran, Singapore, Malaysia and Pakistan, the lo...
16 Feb 3:42:52 pm

To everyone …. ‘Again’ mostly MEN…!!!!!

Picture Courtesy : Arpita Dey The Tramp was heading towards Park-Street. We were immediate to the American Center; time: around 12.30 am—the very first day of the New Year, 2013. We all were walking with placards and posters. Purportedly we wanted to do a Silent March, though it was not so silent. The roads were jam-packed with Cars, Bikes, Buses, and Cabs. People, rather mostly men (possibly of every age like from 14 or 15 years old to may be 60 or 70 years old) were boozing; shouting ...
16 Feb 3:42:52 pm

TIME TO WATCH THE HEROS: Broadcasting Rights of Paralympics: A Review

Proposing a bid of 9 million; triumphing the exclusive broadcasting rights of London Paralympics 2012; a crowning bystander exposure of about 7.6 million—British Broadcaster Channel 4 had indisputably thru its way very discreetly. Their call for the broadcasting rights of Paralympics was 4 million higher than BBC, one of the supreme and widespread news means in the globe. The proprietors of Channel 4 appraised an onlooker attention of nearly 2.5 million after winning the bid. But, with a thud ...
16 Feb 3:42:52 pm

The GOOGLE Campaign

As the maddening rush hour picked up and the people jockeyed for space on a muggy afternoon at the Camac Street-Park Street crossing, a motley bunch of enterprising youngsters (aided by an awestruck middle-aged man) set out to achieve what nobody else could do so far in 21st century sovereign India. The signature campaign against Google maps fetched mixed responses from Kolkatans, some of whom were naïve, ignorant and attitudinal and some others were keen to join the battle. Engaging a cross-...
16 Feb 3:42:52 pm

SRIDATTA CHATTERJEE : My Experience (Google Signature Campaign)

The Signature Campaign against Google’s Double Standards On The Map Of India Last two days were a huge lesson…One of the first of my life. Talking to approximately a 2000 people in two days! That means knowing 2 thousand Indian’s attitude towards India! And, what an overwhelming response it was!! From street vendors, to a cobbler, to the jhalmuri wala to a high profile doctor---veryone showed interest in doing their bit as an Indian. Not only did they sign, but also expressed their happ...
16 Feb 3:42:52 pm

JUST BLOOD : Blood Donation Camp : 4th September 2011

What a success!!!! yes those who weren’t physically present yet were with us in heart, spirit and every possible way, this is for all of us….the blood donation camp has been a success as we have been able to fetch as many donors as the target set by the lions’ club blood bank. Well from college goers to office going people to some even out for a Sunday grocery came up and donated blood. What we felt most humbled and privileged about is due to the presence of Arjuna awardee PRASHANTA KARMAK...
16 Feb 3:42:52 pm

Devendra Jhanjharia

He hails from an obscure village in Rajasthan. He won a gold medal in Athens in 2004 for the javelin throw. Have you heard of him? Ignored by the media, the government, private enterprise and importantly, by us. Recently, Suchandra Ganguly, her friends Mamta Devi and Monica Pradip Rana caught up with Devendra Jhajharia- the Indian Paralympics javelin throw legend on the phone to learn more about his story. And what they found was worse than we had suspected. Devendra Jhajharia’s story st...
16 Feb 3:42:52 pm

Call Against Patriarchy and the Encounter with the ‘Real’ World.

When we were thinking aloud how to go on with the third edition of “Call Against Patriarchy” we all knew that the immediacy of the rape incident in Delhi which initiated this movement has subsided. May be the brutality of Delhi incident got so much of media attention that it created an unprecedented commotion in the public sphere. It inaugurated a lot of talk about sex, gender, man-woman relationship and also how patriarchy in order to maintain its stronghold repeatedly tortures those at the...