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The Pinking-Giri, A Movement of the Times!

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I actually said I would say Pink-chaddigiri, but later modified it to hold a wider spectrum of the Pink range! I know that the fans of Munnabhai’s Gandhigiri, will frown in disapproval at my having stolen a coinage from their absolutely laid back hilarious film, that did show the world that certain things, done in a certain, way, especially in a non violent way, will reap certain harvests, most of it being Positive.

And so also this unleashing of a novel way of making our voices heard and noticed, and ensuring that the dart, the arrow from Cupid’s bow makes a mark, if not in the heart, at least elsewhere :D, and makes those villains dyed in the vilest purple turn pink at the thought of such, Oh My ..Such Shame!

There are detractors, and there will be. I have deliberately not sought out those either to read, or to share here, for I believe that sometimes we need to do something, think out of the box, and engage ourselves in unexpected ways of confronting issues, so that finally the ends are achieved. In this case it is to send a strong message across that we would like you to understand, please, Mr M. that it’s not about Valentine’s, it’s not about morality, but it is about showing strength, which you did in the most undignified fashion. Not you, but your goons being incited to beat up young girls, molest them publicly, in the name of Morality.

So let us now learn a lesson in Morality. In Shame. From whence begins an awareness of doing what is dignified. When you were in class, Mr M., there must have been occasions when the teacher did scold, or even tease you in class. [She/He did, didn’t she/he? Or were you such a double dyed brigand then that they dared not? But yes, years ago, there were Morals, with a capital M, like yours, weren’t there?] If you did feel a sort of shame, you would certainly have tried to be a better person for that! If it was deserving, all the more reason to change, isn’t it?

Therefore, it is in your best interest, to relive a certain feeling again. To learn, Mr M. that a group of like minded individuals, who do not believe that their choices have to be made for them by those whose tunnel vision is anything but democratic, in this country, are firm and strong, and will not let a beautifully and sensibly articulated Constitution of a Great nation, be crucified or held ransom to the will of a few misguided and misogynistic men, whose only answer to anything that inflames their sense of Morality [lol, do you understand the word, Mr M? Or you hoolig-sorry-party workers ?] is to take it out on young girls, sometimes kidnap, sometimes force an apology for no reason, but in all cases, bring great distress to the victim. Some morality indeed this, if it does nothing positive for anyone! Finally, it is not your Call. It is not. NOT.

Get that, Mr M?

***

I shall make tomorrow a Pink Day. A Pink Letter Day in the best of traditions. At school, sharing a lot of your wonderful work with my colleagues, I urged them to wear Pink tomorrow 🙂 Their responses ranged from giggles, [at the thought of the Pink Chaddi Campaign] to, but why we don’t celebrate Val. Day! So I, like a dog, with a bone, unwilling to let such an opportunity pass, got on to the Soap Box and railed, at why. I think I did convince them.. Lol, and there were a few nods! Along with a few comments..”It’s the Pub culture! ” So I said, well, it may be, but then this is a democracy, and shutting down the pubs is going to ensure nothing but a slump in the economy, especially here in Kerala, where liquor accounts for the maximum by way of the State’s revenue! And so a few squirmed, a few hummed and hawed, but well, I tried, I did 🙂 And for that I am glad! I know there will be pink in the air, in some pockets, for sure, here too.. 🙂

For now, that is assurance enough. The voices will gather strength; it must and will happen.

For all those who will be out, visible and in really happening places, especially the Delhi Protest, the gatherings in different cities, and also the delivering of the Pink chaddi’s to the bête noire of the nation’s thinking and rational populace, best wishes from all of us, who are with you, heart and soul! We’re there too, walking alongside, and making that protest. We’d like to make our choices , thank you, Mr M!

Do read this one from Indian Homemaker. It is a powerfully moving post, why we need to!

13 February, 2009

Edited to add: For those in Bangalore, do join the protest march, at MG Road at 12 noon. More details on Indyeah’s post here:)

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Author: Usha Pisharody

A rambler, pretends to be a teacher, loves to dream, and go on Quixotic Quests in the Realm of Romance With Life...

15 thoughts on “The Pinking-Giri, A Movement of the Times!

  1. ”When you were in class, Mr M., there must have been occasions when the teacher did scold, or even tease you in class. [She/He did, didn’t she/he? Or were you such a double dyed brigand then that they dared not? But yes, years ago, there were Morals, with a capital M, like yours, weren’t there?] If you did feel a sort of shame, you would certainly have tried to be a better person for that! If it was deserving, all the more reason to change, isn’t it?”

    lol!while understanding the message ,let me first get over imagining that scum in class:D
    and till 5th too!Is it any wonder?Oh to be that teacher*shudder*then again maybe would have given himn a few whacks and lots of @’I will not do this again”on the B board..LOL!

    ”So I, like a dog, with a bone, unwilling to let such an opportunity pass, got on to the Soap Box and railed, at why. I think I did convince them.. Lol, and there were a few nods! Along with a few comments..”It’s the Pub culture! ” So I said, well, it may be, but then this is a democracy, and shutting down the pubs is going to ensure nothing but a slump in the economy, especially here in Kerala, where liquor accounts for the maximum by way of the State’s revenue! And so a few squirmed, a few hummed and hawed, but well, I tried, I did 🙂 And for that I am glad! I know there will be pink in the air, in some pockets, for sure, here too.. :)”
    😀 why aint it hard to imagine you up there?A courage of conviction that you speak of always..I see that here..:)((hugs)))
    lol at the liquor explanation:D

    Just read IHm’s and it indeed is moving and more..:)
    ((hugs))coz I am honoured to know such powerful women and the power comes simply because they know their minds…:)

    Thank you for all that I see and learn here single everyday:)

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  2. For now, that is assurance enough. The voices will gather strength; it must and will happen.

    Yes And I do know some women in Delhi, when I called to ask them if they are joining the protest marches at Jantar Mantar, they said “No first we go to kamla Nagar in the morning, then Jantar Mantar.”

    Made my day! One of them has promised to try and send photographs too …

    I think once the political parties realise that there is a huge bank that does want liberty, they might just change their tune. Like we know Muthalik and some of his cronies have been arrested (preventive custody, and I doubt if this would have happened without our Pink Chaddi-Giri 🙂

    Loved your new phrase!! Pink Chaddi-giri!!

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  3. Indyeah… betcha you’d have wanted to be that teacher.. :D! “Oh to be that teacher*shudder*then again maybe would have given himn a few whacks and lots of @’I will not do this again”on the B board..LOL!”!!! I can well imagine, but then he did not, I do believe , learn his lesson well when he had the opportunity, whether in school or out of it! And now he learns it live on Air, from Pink Chaddis :D! Well he cant say he did not deserve it 🙂 🙂 Thanks dear Meg, made my day with that note 🙂

    IHM, that is really good to hear, about more protestors joining in at the Delhi Protest. Voices coming together, isn’t it? And the wanting to be heard, becoming stronger too. Haven’t watched the news so I do not know about the arrests, but if it has been made, it perhaps is my twisted thinking, that apart from the success of the PCC, is the State Govt giving him an excuse to not accept the PCs??? Lol. For all one knows,he’s prob just a State Guest at one of the jails, and he has now an excuse to say that because he was arrested he could not check immoral activities. LOL!
    Thanks a ton, IHM, you inspire, and this one is absolutely a direct inspiration from your work 🙂

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  4. My friends and I are going to a pub today. Even though two of us have never been in one (including yours truly). I told my parents about our plan. On a normal day, they would have tried to reason with me, and I expected as much. To my surprise and pleasure, my Dad encouraged me to go and join in the protest. My Mom, in her cutest round-eyed manner, asked me, “But what will you drink? Take only mocktails, okay?” I hugged her and said, “I’ll drink a mocktail or a juice or nothing. Drinking isn’t the point, supporting the movement is.”

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  5. Surbhi, that is wonderful to hear.. [I have been using wonderful a lot :)]
    Do have a good time, and don’t forget to wear pink. Proud of you and your parents too! And you re right, Drinking is not the point, supporting the movement is 🙂
    All best wishes 🙂 And thank you for dropping in here 🙂

    @all, Solilo’s post gives one something to toast and cheer about 🙂 🙂

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  6. I will be going out today, of course totally attired in pink!

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  7. Shail, and you would look a dream in Pink too 🙂 Have fun, and Happy Valentine’s Day 🙂

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  8. Amazingly we won !!!

    The pink campaign has the guy withdrawing !!

    I never thought we would be able to do it…

    The aam junta won against the goondas ??

    whew….

    Happy Valentines Day !!

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  9. I’ve done the holding hands tag,Usha.Sorry its all distorted and I’m just not able to fix it too.Do visit me as and when convenient.
    Havent read this post of yours.Going out of town.will come bk n read peacefully:)
    A very happy valentine’s day to you!

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  10. ** Get that, Mr M?
    Hain jee? Aap kaa bol rahe ho… Hamein Angreji nahin aati.

    I think that would suffice. Huh! *controls his incantations*

    Anyway… May sanity prevail. Amen.

    Happy V-Day..! 🙂

    Peace.

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  11. The Pink Giri has paid dividends and will be sustained for long time to come. Keep it up. Have wished you Happy Valentine’s Day in your other blog too. Wishing you once again. And count me in my pink tea shirt in the club today.

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  12. Brilliantly penned thoughts and emotions…I love the way you say ‘It is NOT your call! NOT!’. I bow to thee, and to the movement!

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  13. Please read the recently published ‘Amen- Autobiography of a Nun’ by Sr.Jesme of Kerala. Please read the Reports about St.Abhaya, Sr. Anupa Mary etc. These women were victimised not for drinking in public; but for becoming nuns to lead pure and secure lives. Their abuses are more serious than men and women getting involved in bawls in pubs.

    Do you ladies not feel for them? Please get Nisha Susan, herself a Catholic, to lead you in sending Chaddis to the Pope and Kerala Bishops. Rush to the couriers right now.

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  14. Dhiren, indeed that was a statement of such positivity, that it worked :)Thank you. 🙂 Sorry for the delay in the responses.. It’s been a tough couple of weeks 🙂

    deeps, read it, and it is so well done too 🙂 As i said on that post! Keep ’em coming! Thanks a lot!

    Kartik, lol@your bihari dialect 🙂 Too much! Thanks for droppin in, and yes, may sanity prevail!

    Balvinder, belated wishes again, and thank you for the kind words!

    Pallavi, thank you so much! Me too, applauds the movement, and its success! It takes a lot to be able to start something like that, which I hope will find resonance in others too, taking up the torch and making it their own too!

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  15. @R.Sajan, Most certainly, all such abuses are serious and each deserves action and total condemnation. No woman, not even a prostitute deserves to be attacked or assaulted or raped.

    The voices that were raised, as i read it, and still do, is against any sort of violence against women, and here, it took that highly visible and traumatic incident, and subsequently unrepentant justification by the perpetrators to make it such a juggernaut of a movement.

    As I am sure, you too have been following, the Church, in its highest authority’s directive has at least made the first move, albeit thousands of years late, to speak of how wrong they were, and have been with respect to denial of several scientific discoveries, and of late the horrific stories of pedophile that have emerged. I am sure that when such cases come into the public view there are, and will be many to come forward and ensure that the oppressed find voice, and that the oppressors are taken to task.

    And why any of us, i am sure that this suggestion of yours can be directly put on the blog that Nisha Susan has started! Actually, it would be more meaningful too if you could perhaps please start an appropriate campaign. We will support you. For we don’t jut speak up for what you seem to understand only as as “brawls” [which incidentally anyone having followed that incident in Mangalore would know wasn’t- it was an outright act of violence by the SRS against young girls!]- that campaign was for the way violence was perpetrated, and a most non violent one too!

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