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Suicide- Myths and Facts you should know #WMHD2019 #mustshare

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A step towards life Suicide is a word loaded with the sentiments of dismay, despair and the fear of death. This often stops us from having a discussion about suicide. However, if we freely talk about it, we can surely… Continue Reading →

More than 1000 Citizens write to Maharashtra CM opposing proposed Aadhaar-Voter ID linking #FreedomFromAadhaar #AadhaarSeAzaadi

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The Times of India reported on July 22 that Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had written to India’s Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora regarding linking voter IDs with the Aadhaar number. The report quoted Fadnavis as saying “that this linkage… Continue Reading →

One year since #BhimaKoregaon arrests- This is extended torture #FreeBK9

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The nine accused are still in Yerawada jail, even as Amnesty India launches a campaign to call them ‘heroes’ instead of ‘anti-nationals’. By Gaurav Sarkar| Jun 6, 2019 2TwitterFacebook It’s been exactly a year since the Pune police, in a coordinated “joint… Continue Reading →

India – Who are the Five arrested for Bhima Koregaon Violence and alleged #PlotToKillPM ?

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For all five, who are facing charges under stringent sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, interactions with the police and the state are not new. Policemen accompany the Dalits protestors in Bhima Koregaon, Pune, on January 3, 2018. Credit:… Continue Reading →

Poem- I sent the horses back home #JusticeForAsifa

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I SENT THE HORSES BACK HOME By- Parvathy Mira Maai, I sent the horses trotting, And they found their way back home. But, I couldn’t. My legs that you thought were Swift as those of a deer, They froze. Maai, they… Continue Reading →

Women Empowerment Through the Eyes of 13 year-old artist

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13 year-old budding artist with Immense Talent and understanding paints on women empowerment  By – Svetlana Chatterjee from Dubai I had drawn this painting when i came to know about an art competition , and the theme was of my… Continue Reading →

Octogenarian Dr Jonathan Fine who dared to go where even Indians did not dare #RIP

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   by- Kamayani Bali Mahabal As I opened my inbox today….. Tributes to Dr Jonathan  Fine in PHR newsletter, made me just Jump and Scream. And there was a flashback of almost  7 years . Let them call me rebel… Continue Reading →

One year of #DeMonetisation – Parody- Baar Baar Fenko is going viral

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  A small parody, dedicated to the biggest parody ever in India…Celebrating 1 Year of ‘demon’etisation – We are Happy to give this to you, so that you shall sing this on streets, schools and wherever you are on 8th… Continue Reading →

Shameless Vedanta – Faking Happiness – #CSR more LIES #IndependenceDayIndia

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  As I  began my day witha cuppa coffee and opened the Economic Times  today, the smiling FACES  glared at me, thinking it to be cover page story of India at 70, as  I rolled my eyes down  to the… Continue Reading →

114 Armed Forces veterans write to PM Modi against #MobLynching and supporting #NotInMyName Protest

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Armed Forces veterans write open letter to PM Modi: Condemn targeting of Muslims, Dalits In the letter the Armed Forces veterans said they stand with the ‘Not in My Name’ campaign and that the Armed Forces stand for “Unity in Diversity“…. Continue Reading →

How many know that a Muslim woman designed the Indian National flag ?

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A study by Capt. L. Panduranga Reddy recently substantiated claims that while the current Indian National Flag evolved over several decades of the independence movement, it was a woman from Hyderabad who gave us the final tricoloured beauty that we call… Continue Reading →

Digital Version – Myth busting book on beef eating #Download

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India: Digital version of historian D.N.Jha’s myth busting book on beef eating by Hindus and Buddhists in ancient times   In The Myth Of The Holy Cow, the author reveals that in ancient times, Hindus and Buddhists ate beef. According… Continue Reading →

Doctor, Doctor: Healthcare For The Homeless

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By Kamayani Bali-Mahabal He used to dress like a homeless person. On purpose. Two or three nights a week, he’d rub dirt in his hair and clothes before walking the dark streets of Pittsburgh searching for the very people he… Continue Reading →

India: Where Women Call The Shots

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  By Kamayani Bali-Mahabal   Mumbai –Imagine a wedding, when the groom follows the bride to her home to start a new life together. Imagine a room filled with laughter and joy when a baby girl is born. Imagine a… Continue Reading →

The camera is on Muslim women

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Dehleez toh paar kar li hai, ab zamane se takrana hai. Peeche mud ke ab kya dekhoon, mujhe aage badhte jana hai. I have crossed the patriarchal boundary, now I have to fight the world Why should i look back… Continue Reading →

#RIP Activist, Feminist and Friend Trupti Shah- Her life in her own words

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Trupti Shah, Friend ,feminist, environmentalist, human rights activist is no more with us. She left us at 9.15 p.m. May 26, 2016. She battled lung cancer that was detected in October 2014. We could not honor her last wishes to… Continue Reading →

South Africa: The Importance Of “Telling Our Own Stories” #Vaw

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Cape Town (Women’s Feature Service) – As the curtains go up and the bright lights dramatically illuminate the room, all the audience can see is a bare stage with three chairs. A stark setting indeed and, yet, it’s the perfect… Continue Reading →

Time to BOYCOTT change.org , EXPOSED once again #socialmedia

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I have exposed change .org two years back and every now and then the true colours are shown in their contradictory campaigns. Below is information why, after hosting more then 250 petitions i  have boycotted change.org https://kractivist.org/why-activists-should-boycott-change-org-petitions/ HERE EXPOSED ONCE… Continue Reading →

Translation of Vasant Dattatreya Gurjar’s poem Gandhi Mala Bhetla (Gandhi Met Me)

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The Marathi poem, Gandhi Mala Bhetala (Gandhi met me), is a satirical critique of those who falsely claim to follow the path of Mahatma Gandhi   The poem was first published in 1983. The poet was a class-III employee of the Bombay… Continue Reading →

#Sundayreading – ‘In Joy Or In Pain, Women Must Talk’- Maria Da Penha #Vaw

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‘In Joy Or In Pain, Women Must Talk’ Kamayani Bali-Mahabal FORTALEZA( BRAZIL)- Maria da Penha Maia Fernandes was fast asleep when her husband, Antonio Heredia Vivero, a teacher, shot at her. Though she was rushed to the hospital, the attack… Continue Reading →

#Sundayreading -Favela Girls Pirouette Out of Poverty in Brazil

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by Kamayani Bali-Mahabal FORTALEZA, Brazil — Bom Jardim, home to some 200,000 people, is one of the poorest and most violent neighborhoods in this city. Located at the southwestern tip of the metropolis, with long streets laid in a grid, the… Continue Reading →

Open letter to Justice Katju – Happy New Year and Get Well Soon !

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1st Jan’ 2015 Dear Justice  Makrand Katju Greetings !! Your recent post on Gay and Lesbian Relationships (LGBT) ,    created a lot of ruckus,    as you tweeted , sadly ,               you were called a homophobic also, and then your CLARIFICATION further aggravated the ire. I am writing to you, as to why it happened . Why were you labeled homophobe, Sexist and   misogynist According to you, homosexuality is a  ‘unnatural ‘and “modern” phenomenon and must be ‘cured’ to give way to reproductive heterosexuality.In your opinion, at the heart of heterosexual bonding, companionship, love, lies procreative sex and the desire to keep the human race going. Therefore, you question , “Will a gay relationship or marriage serve nature’s requirement of continuing the species?” So what is ‘natural’. It will mean, not only humans but all species who exists on planet earth . And we have seen that homosexuality is found in mammals, birds and even insects. Also  I hate to break your conviction that homosexuality  is “unnatural” and “not a disease”, the American Psychiatric Association in 1973 and the World Health Organization in 1992 did accept homosexuality as a ”normal” variant of human sexuality. That apart, if one reads the history of sexual practices across the world, one realises that same-sex sexual practices have been  there since times  immemorial and that sexual identity-based categories are only an early 20th century invention of American-European psychologists and sexologists…. Continue Reading →

Mumbra’s Muslim Girls Kick Out Stereotypes #Womenrights

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Kamayani Bali Mahabal    They started off as a secret sports club. What brought them together was their shared love for football, a game they couldn’t dream of playing owing to their conservative family backgrounds. After all, how could young… Continue Reading →

#India- Militant Durga Vahini Camp In India Is Training Young Women To Hate Themselves And Accept Their Weakness #WTFnews

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“Can you really hide your natural weakness or character as a woman?”posted on May 26, 2014, at 1:39 a.m. Tasneem NashrullaBuzzFeed Staff    The Durga Vahini is the women’s wing of a Hindu nationalist organization in India — the Vishwa… Continue Reading →

My 88 year old Grand Mother, Pramod Dutta wins awards for her contribution to Hindi Literature

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   I am a proud grand daughter  today , the best new year gift was the call from  My 88 year-old Nani, Pramod Dutta telling me she  got  two awards, one was for short stories by Haryana Sahitya Academi and… Continue Reading →

#India – Faking Happiness is forced to Present the ‘ VEDANTA ANTHEM” #HipHop #mustshare

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Kamayani for FAKING HAPPINESS CAMPAIGN     An Indo-German collaboration with production by the talented DJ BC from Germany and the lyrics and vocals by A-List from India. A List is a raptivist and a member of Faking Happiness campaign. This track… Continue Reading →

#RIP – Tribute to Hassam , Friend and Human Rights Activist from Pakistan

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Life partner of my first friend  from  Pakistan is no more As I opened the Facebook page of Aisha  Gazdar to share Neela  Bhagwat’ s  classical rendition of Faiz poem, “Bol” As her page slowly opened, I wondered why She… Continue Reading →

# India- Why Independence Day is a #BlackDay15august

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   The UPA government considers Indian life worthless and dispensable by freeing Russia from liability commitment for Koodankulam reactors 1 & 2. The UPA government signs secret agreements with foreign governments and does not disclose the content to its own… Continue Reading →

#India – After 67 years of #Independence- ‘ YEH KAISI AZADI HAI”

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At the stroke of midnight when the world sleeps, India awakes, Yes! India has woken up to freedom, but for whom? After 67  years of Independence, The poor have no kapda, roti, makaan so let them have cell phones. The UPA… Continue Reading →

Activist may approach court to oppose Kaiga nuclear plant expansion

Earlier, a Tata Memorial Trust report had said the nuclear plant, was responsible for increasing cancer cases in the region. Soumya Chatterjee Saturday, October 19, 2019 – 17:13 Environmental activists are determined to oppose the expansion of the Kaiga Atomic… Continue Reading →

In BJP-ruled Maharashtra, 8 farmers died by suicide everyday in past 4 years

Information accessed from RTI shows that 12,021 farmers committed suicide in Maharashtra between 2015 and 2018. Pankaj UpadhyayMumbaiOctober 17, 2019 Suraj Govind, 9, son of a farmer who committed suicide in Maharashtra, poses for a picture during a protest organised… Continue Reading →

Death Penalty In POCSO Act Imperils Child Victims Of Sexual Offences

Sana Ali October 14, 2019 New Delhi: Amendment bills should fix loopholes in the original law but the amendments contained in the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act of 2019 do not improve upon the original bill of 2012, child… Continue Reading →

Elgaar Parishad case: Court can’t take cognisance of seized e-data now, say activists

Elgar Parishad case:  .. Vishwas Kothari | TNN | Updated: Oct 19, 2019, 13:36 IST Elgar Parishad was held in Pune on December 31, 2017, on the eve of the 200th anniversary of the battle of Kor…Read MorePUNE: Defence lawyer Shahid… Continue Reading →

Stand Up Comics are Killing Bigotry with Jokes

Some Muslim comedians are telling their own stories and unpacking biases Sonam.Joshi@timesgroup.com Last year, during a cab-ride to her home in Navi Mumbai, stand-up comedian Urooj Ashfaq complained to her driver that three others before him had cancelled her trips…. Continue Reading →

Elections -EVM-VVPAT Vulnerable to Manipulation – Public Unaware EC Silent

Video editor: Purnendu Pritam The voter-verified paper audit trail or VVPAT machine was included in the election process by the Supreme Court in 2013 to assure voters that their vote has been correctly registered by the electronic voting machine (EVM). The… Continue Reading →

US Presidential Candidate Tulsi Gabbard Justifies 2002 Gujarat Pogrom

A| On 05, Oct 2019 Rights group accuses Gabbard of “victim-blaming” for asking “who instigated it?” Londonderry, NH: October 5, 2019 — Answering a question at a recent campaign event in New Hampshire, US Congresswoman and presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard appeared… Continue Reading →

Three Years Since Najeeb’s Disappearance, His Ammi Continues To Fight For Answers

Qasim Masumi  Najeeb Ahmed, a 26-year-old MSc student of biotechnology went missing from his Mahi-Mandvi hostel the day he had a fight with students allegedly affiliated with the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) where he was beaten and dragged out of his room and… Continue Reading →

India – Mob lynching and its defenders

Irfan Engineer In his annual Dussehra address on 8th October 2019, Mohan Bhagwat, the chief of RSS – a Hindu supremacist organization – stated that lynching was a concept alien to India. He objected to using a foreign word “lynching” to… Continue Reading →

A New Study Tells You How Fake News Is Spread On WhatsApp

Researchers found that the sensationalism of mainstream media formats and genres works very well when edited and used out of context in WhatsApp-based propaganda or misinformation. By – Gopal Sathe BENGALURU, Karnataka—A new WhatsApp-backed study has found that fake news is… Continue Reading →

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