In the Waking of #MeToo or Challenging the Odds With #NotAllMen!

In recent years, the term ‘feminism’ has gained momentum. To be more specific, the allegations against the Hollywood producer, Harvey Weinstein, prompted women all around the world to share their worst experiences of sexual harassment in the wake of #MeToo movement.

Today, people are opening up against the disparity between the two sexes that has been so vast that it is left unacknowledged, even after decades. Being a woman myself, I am still learning what it means to be a feminist. This is not it. Everyday I am learning to put myself above the sexist norms that have been prevalent in the society.

#MeToo and #NotAllMen

#MeToo in India hasn’t been doing much, but sometimes I feel a difference. If I see one side of the coin, there is a peculiar missing piece in the Indian #MeToo movement, the men. Everywhere on social media today, it seems like the problem of sexual abuse and harassment is only the problem of women and their equal opportunities. Except for the individual man pointed out by an individual woman, men are nowhere to be seen. There are hardly any prominent men responding with outrage or support, which is affecting the health of society.

The other side of the coin depicts a different story, altogether. In the wake of #NotAllMen movement, many men are reiterating that not all of them are potential rapists. Counter-arguments asking people to refrain from generalising and putting all men in the same box is coming to limelight. Many men are continuously showing complete disapproval with the #MeToo movement and consider it unreasonable. They believe that some people disrespect women and can potentially harm them, but not all of them are same. Rather, they believe that that not all of them are criminals in the making.

#MeToo and #NotAllMen movement is putting increasing pressure on men in power and they are at least acknowledging the added obstacles that women face everyday, be it workplace harassment, persistent pay gap or physical health & mental health issues.

The allegations against Harvey Weinstein not only went viral on social media, but also ended the culture of silence. I believe the revolution will be slow and highly refuted, but it shall become the tsunami in not just Hollywood, Bollywood or journalism, but also every industry, work space, and every home.

Why Are Men Missing From Indian #MeToo Movement?

The #MeToo movement against sexual harassment and assault exploded last autumn, when a series of sexual misconduct allegations were made against many powerful men in India, be it Bollywood, IT companies, politicians and slew of other industries.

According to a research, older people in our society are less likely to speak out against inappropriate behaviour or have a conversation about sexual harassment. Young people are more likely to speak out about inappropriate behaviour in the wake of #MeToo movement. More than one in three people actually challenge any kind of inappropriate conduct, like lecherous remarks or unwanted advances.

The Peculiar Missing Piece in #MeToo Movement

But there is a peculiar missing piece in the Indian #MeToo movement, the men. If we see the online campaign today, it looks like the problem of sexual abuse and harassment is only the problem of women and their equal opportunities. Except for the individual man pointed out by an individual woman, men are nowhere to be seen. There are hardly any prominent men responding with outrage or support, which is affecting the health of society.

The Film Industry

Lately, Tanusree Dutt – Nana Patekar case, Mahima Kukreja-Utsav Chakraborty case, or other men in the industry including Alok Nath, Subhash Ghai, Sajid Khan, Zain Durrani, Vikas Bahl and many others have come to limelight for their inappropriate or more appropriately “sexist” behaviour. However, hardly any film actors have spoken up in these cases or about respecting women and their physical & mental health that gets affected after any sexual assault. No angels have come out so far, who could talk about understanding what accounts to harassment.

This deafening silence from men is a sign that their dominance at workplace, their power and privilege will go unexamined. This silence will ensure that the institutionalisation of sexual violence will remain unchallenged, despite of any number of #MeToo challenges being supported on social media.

According to Jackson Katz, the American activist considering gender violence ‘women issues’ in itself is a part of the problem. It is directly or indirectly giving men an excuse not to pay any attention to feminism and to tune out of the conversation.

This is what is currently unfolding in India. The passiveness of men is a political silence here, which is shifting the focus from problematic masculine behaviours to all women who have been a victim instead.

#MeToo – A Movement For Feminism

The allegations against Harvey Weinstein, the Hollywood producer, prompted women all around the world to share their worst experiences of sexual harassment and assault with the society. This not only went viral on social media as the #MeToo movement, but also ended the culture of silence.

Today, #MeToo movement is putting increasing pressure on men in power and they are at least acknowledging the added obstacles that women face everyday, be it workplace harassment, persistent pay gap or physical health & mental health issues. But neither acknowledgment is enough, nor is punishing, because it is a question of equal opportunities.

2017 – The Year to Remember

The year 2017, not only saw women marching from Washington to London to all around the globe, in order to stand against Trump’s election, but this was the year when the TIME magazine gave “Person of the Year” award to whistle-blowers who exposed sexual harassment. Above all, the African-American activist, Tarana Burke, went viral, the same year, under the hashtag MeToo to prompt feminist awakening.

#MeToo Movement

It all began, when actress Alyssa Milano posted a tweet on 15th October, 2017 with the hashtag #MeToo, stating that “If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote ‘MeToo’ as a status, we might give people a sense of magnitude of the problem.”

This initial tweet motivated millions of women who shared their stories of harassment, catcalling, assault and even rape. Actresses like Viola Davis, Patricia Arquette, Debra Messing and many others also shared the tweet with the hashtag. The movement even prompted men to share their own stories of assault, which went awfully viral.

#MeToo amassed thousands of tweets, stories and expanded to various other countries and languages. French women started tweeting with hashtag #balancetonporc, meaning “snitch out your pig”. This hashtag was given by the journalist Sandra Muller to push French women so that they also take the courage, tell their stories of sexual harassment or assault at workplace and its impact on their health. Post this social media campaign, France considered putting fines on catcalling.

To support the movement, Italian actress, Asia Argento, launched the Italian version of #MeToo, #QuellaVoltaChe, meaning “that time when…”. In her tweet, she explained how a director exposed himself, when she was only sixteen years old. Post this tweet, many Italian women were motivated to share their stories.

The point here is not to rerun the incidents that led to #MeToo, but to think through what this movement means for feminism and where is it ought to go next.

Sexual harassment is like poison in the life of women and is undoubtedly, one of the many factors that contributes to gender gap in the workplace. And this won’t stop until men pledge to bring a change in the culture of sexual entitlement, globally.

It is high time that people are educated about respecting women, teaching them meaning of feminism, understanding what accounts to harassment and improving the health of society.

Are You Up For BYOC Challenge – The “Bring Your Own Cup” Challenge

Paper and plastic cups are the biggest evil of coffee. A few are recycled, but billions and billions of them are dumped, every year. But are there any alternatives, though?

Well, if you love sipping your filtered coffee, but hate killing the planet, it’s time for you to invest in a reusable cup. But as with most things in the ever-changing coffee universe, the multitude of options available gives rise to many questions.

In a bid to beat plastic pollution, Whitefield residents have come up with a new challenge, “Bring Your Own Cup”. According to this challenge, people need to carry their own steel glasses or plates and use them instead of plastic or paper cups. They also need to post a picture of them holding the cups with hashtag #BYOC.

Rishita Sharma, Co Founder of Rent a Cutlery (which leases steel cutlery for events) and Green Utsav introduced the BYOC challenge. The motive is to reach out to people at a great pace and stop them from using plastic.

A large number of people use such cups on a daily basis, especially in the corporate offices and these cups are not eco friendly, at all. These cups are littered and they often clog drains.

With BYOC challenge, many people have started taking their own cutlery set from home, which includes, steel spoon, fork, straw and cup. The idea is that people should refuse plastic and this is why such challenges are being promoted on social media platforms to help motivate people.

Have You Booked Your Flight for Mysore Dusshera Yet?

Before you raise your eyebrows and look at the screen with a startled expression on your face, let me tell you this Dusshera ATR 72 (low budget flight) between Bengaluru and Mysore, will be flying soon, starting from 10th October for 10 days.

But before we discuss about this, let me give you a glimpse of the traditional Mysore Dusshera.

Symbolizing the victory of good over evil, Dusshera is one of the most auspicious festivals in India, which is celebrated with great pomp and show in Karnataka. Unlike many other states in India, Dusshera is celebrated for 10 long days in Karnataka, in a grand fashion.

HISTORY

According to the legend, Goddess Chamundeshwari killed Demon Mahishasura. The day, goddess killed the demon, came to be known as ‘Vijaydashmi’, which is actually the last day of the Dusshera Festival.

The festival was an annual event in Mysore since 15th century and was initially celebrated by the Kings of the prestigious Vijayanagar Kingdom. The Wodeyar rulers of Mysore continued the tradition and in a few years, it became a royal festival.

MYSORE DUSSHERA CELEBRATION

In the 21st century, the processions of Dusshera celebration are carried out in the traditional way. The ‘Jamboo Savari’, includes the parade of wonderfully decorated elephants, one of which carries Goddess Chamundeshwari idol. These elephants are accompanied by dance groups, music bands, folklores, armed forces and royal identities.

They begin their light motorcade, generally known as Panjina Kavayithu, from the Mysore Palace and end it at Bannimantap. Other major feature of the celebration is the Dusshera display at the grounds. The show gets flooded by stalls that offer garments, makeup, eatables, handicrafts and plastic items. Outside recreations and entertainment rides also become a part of the exhibition.

THE MYSORE DUSSHERA FLIGHT – THE BIG HIT

This year, a 7-seater Cessna makes way for a 72-seater ATR 72 between Bengaluru and Mysuru and even this fills up quickly.

The State Department of Tourism and its agency, Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC), in the last two years, operated a 7-seater Cessna between Bengaluru and Mysuru, during the Mysuru Dasara festival season. And the small plane was undoubtedly a success. So, this year, Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation got an Alliance Air, which is a low-cost subsidiary of Air India, so as to put a ATR 72 into service. According to sources, 72-seater will be operating between two cities for 10 days, during the festival season, that is from 10th October to 20th October.

The road journey between Bengaluru and Mysuru can take up to several hours during the weekend and not everyone would be well-connected to KIA. On the contrary, the flight will take 50 minutes and the ticket prices will cost around Rs 999 and Rs 2,100. The flights will leave Bengaluru at 2.10 pm and will arrive at 3 pm in Mysuru. The return flight will be at 3.30 pm and will reach Bengaluru at 4.20 pm for all 10 days except Tuesdays.

So, if you haven’t booked your flight yet for the grand Dusshera at Mysore, book it today.

Armaan Malik Live

Armaan Malik is an Indian playback singer and actor. A finalist on Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L’il Champs Armaan advanced to eighth place with public votes, previously represented by Universal Music India, and now signed on by T-Series. His first on-screen appearance was in the film Kaccha Limboo in the year 2011

Armaan Malik (born 22 July 1995) is a playback singer.  At 23, he is considered one of India’s youngest singing sensations. Indeed, he has performed at some of the world’s most prestigious arenas, including SSE Arena Wembley at London, The Fillmore in San Francisco & City National Civic in San Jose.

Catch Armaan Malik Live – 6th Oct @ Phoenix Marketcity 

5 Things That Every Bangalorean Should Do To Protect Their Heart

Our heart is one of the most hardworking and vital organs, which pumps nearly 2000 gallons of blood everyday. Such a task requires a strong heart and the problem is that our hearts are heading down an unhealthy route. So, before it get’s too late, let us all pledge to protect our heart, on this World Heart Day.

5 Things That Every Bangalorean Should Do To Protect Their Heart

Every Bangalorean’s health matters to us a lot. That’s why we have compiled this useful information just for you. Here are five things that every Bangalorean should do to protect his heart.

  1. Get Active & Work Your Muscles Out: Did you know working out everyday can help prevent heart strokes? Well yes, 30 minutes of activity everyday along with regular exercises can make your heart healthy, relieve you from stress and reduce the risk factors of getting any cardiovascular disease.
  2. Protect Yourself From Tobacco: Protecting yourself from tobacco can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease by 50%, within a year. Not just this, to keep your lungs and heart healthy, you should avoid smoke filled environments and exposure to second hand smoke.
  3. Eat Healthy: Fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grain products, fish, lean meat, beans, peas, lentils and less of saturated fats. All these healthy foods along with lots of water and less of alcohol can help you keep you keep your diet balanced.
  4. Reduce Blood Sugar: According to a study, heart disease death rate in adults with diabetes is 4 times higher than normal people. But the good news is that you can minimize the impact of diabetes on your body or can even delay the onset of diabetes by eating right, exercising and making some minor lifestyle changes.
  5. Maintain Your Weight: Limiting the salt intake and maintaining your weight can also help you control your blood pressure and lower the risk of heart disease. You can keep a track of your healthy weight and body fat by using BMI (Body-Mass index).

This is not it. If you burn 50 calories everyday doing strenuous activities like swimming or hiking, you are 60% less likely to die of any heart disease. Rather, you should stay away from health issues like depression, try to meditate everyday, be a part-time vegetarian, change your oil to vegetable oils, snack on pumpkin seeds, eat fresh berries or can even get a dog at home. These tips and tricks might sound funny, but are definitely the keys to a fitter and healthy tomorrow.

Let’s take a step forward for the fitness of Bangaloreans and stay pumped up.

Mutthala, Who Uncovers The Scathing Portrait Of Our Society & System

Mutthala is a small theatre piece about a morally upright plumber, who is pursuing his degree in civil engineering. Directed by Sir M C Anand, the entire plot is an explosive combination of highly personal drama, in a locality where corruption and greed seems to be the only shared values left in people.

The Storyline

The honest plumber is up against an entire system of bureaucrats, after learning about the bad condition of an apartment occupied by lower middle class people. The old building is in a grave state of disrepair. A routine burst pipe in one of the rickety communal sections of the building unearths a much larger problem, as the exterior wall behind the pipe has cracked and will lead to other problems.

Shankar (the main character), the plumber inspects the whole matter, after a husband-wife dispute leads to a routine pipe breakage. He realizes that the building has fissured from the ground right up-to the ninth floor, thus staking the lives of 800 inhabitants of this poorly maintained apartment. The old building is at the risk of collapsing within next 26 hours.

Knowing that 800 inhabitants might go down with the building, Shankar with his little knowledge and understanding, races to the birthday party of the Mayor Annapornamma and tries to convince her to get the building evacuated. He bypasses corrupt inspectors and bureaucrats, who have already used the major portion of funds to funnel the money for their personal interests.

The ticking-clock story ratchets up the tension, when the characters, soaked in alcohol, at the birthday party, start the blame game after learning about the current status of the poorly maintained apartment. After blatant and aggressive accusations fly left and right, the mayor uncovers the fact that the entire city council is rotten to the core. But she tries to convince the realtor Karamchand Bherulal to provide shelter to those 800 inhabitants for two months in his ready-to-move luxury apartments, so that the evacuation can happen immediately. Unfortunately, all her efforts go in vain.

All Thumbs Up

All the characters have done an extremely great job and have tried to convey the message, loud and clear. The play’s dark, nighttime color palette clearly portrays our modern-day society and the challenges that a common man faces with societal disparity caused by the bad behavior of ruling class.

Muttala – Drama

 Direction and Creation by M C Anand

         Music- Sameer Kulkarni

         Drama is on 18-09-2018(Tuesday) 

         Venue- Rangashankara, JP Nagar

Shankar a knowledgable  and sound person  and two workers from  PWD ,  goes to a 9th floor residential building built 15 years ago for slum        dwellers, for some minor repairs. They find that there is a major problem and the building is about to collapse. In the pursuit of saving the 820 people living there, Shankar approaches the mayor  to bring matter to the light and realizes that his  attempts to help the residents of the building  is in futility due to utter callous attitude and the presence of corruption in the entire system.

Star casting and Crew Members:

  • Ranga Nidhi as Shankar
  • Pallavi as Mala
  • Dinesh or Manohar as Kaaliah
  • Saarika as Gowri
  • Prabhu and Vanishree Kulkarni as Shankar’s Father and Mother
  • Archana as Mayor Annapoornamma

and many more

'Muttala' is the first step towards fighting corruption or Shankar's attempt will make it worse?

 

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Modalu-Train-Beku – Citizen of Bengaluru

Modalu-Train-Beku – Citizen of Bengaluru

Author:

Tara Krishnaswamy – Citizens of Bengaluru

5 reasons to get aboard the Rail Yatra on Aug 31st & say #ModaluTrainBeku!

1. Building the suburban train network is least disruptive on Bengaluru. It won’t affect the existing roads with diversions & bottlenecks while tracks are expanded, more trains run & stations fixed. Ride to demand the suburban train network!

2. It is most beneficial for Bengaluru. Like Chennai, upto 20 lakh people per day can commute if commissioned properly. Not 5-10 lakh like the Metro or a fraction of that by roads but upto 20 lakh daily! Banni! Jothege Hogona!

3. It is the lowest hanging mass transit for Bengaluru. Since ~180 kms of railway lines & >45 stations already exist, infrastructure does not need to be built afresh, only expanded. It can finish in 2-3 years! Train can be added incrementally & every couple of months 10s of thousands can switch to the train until it is fully enabled for upto 20 lakhs! Join the Yatra, ask for Rail!

4. Over 40 companies, civic groups, colleges, residents’ associations, commuters & wannabe commuters are demanding it! Don’t miss the train on Aug 31st!

5. The 4th pillar! The voice of the people! The press support #ModaluTrainBeku! You should too!

You can join at any station & take a ride, or just hang out!
You can join the onward!
You can join the return!
Just say #ModaluTrainBeku!

Onward: Train 76523
Yeshwanthpur Hosur

Yeshwanthpur 2.55 pm
Lottegollahalli 3 pm
Hebbal 3.09 pm
Banaswadi 3.18 pm
Belandur 3.35 pm
Karmelaram 3.41 pm
Heelalige 3.51 pm

Return: Train 56513
Karaikal SBC

Heelalige 5.14 pm
Karmelaram 5.27 pm
Belandur 5.34 pm
Byappanahalli 6.16 pm
Cantt. 6.34 pm
SBC 7.00 pm