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One Million and One Brilliant Things

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by- Andolanjivi Kamayani Kractivist ( AK2) 10th Feb 2021, on my Birthday , I returned to theatre -my first love – after a year ,with no expectations at all. The atmosphere at Prithvi Theatre just rejuvenates you, the cosy theatre… Continue Reading →

Asif Basra – (1967-2020) Jottings about a Friend

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I would like to paint the way a bird sings.— Claude Monet # A flashback On a fund-raising spree I contacted Asif Basra on WhatsApp In my bulldozer style, I asked “Oyeee how are you …. Please can you do… Continue Reading →

Corona Lockdown – I will not light candle

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Shrimaan , ShaktimaanAadarniya PradhanI beg pardonMujhe maaf karnaI will not light candleI will keep the lights onAs a symbolAs a beaconFor my country menWho walked the roadsDesperate to reachTheir homesTheir familiesFar far awayDriven by fearOf disease , hungerUnemploymentTheir daily livingSnatched… Continue Reading →

Why should we oppose the Citizenship Amendment Act?

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This is an amendment to the Citizenship Act of 1955 that seeks to offer Indian citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians hailing from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, provided that the person should have entered India on or… Continue Reading →

Suicide- Myths and Facts you should know #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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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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[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGvMwgNkueQ&feature=youtu.be&a] 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… Continue Reading →

Mumbai woman, in COVID emergency, shares phone number online; what she gets in return will leave you shocked

At a time when the country is reeling under the second wave of coronavirus, social media has emerged as a saviour for many who are looking for plasma, ventilators, hospitals beds and anti-viral drugs for their family members. However, a… Continue Reading →

West Bengal Elections and Reaching out to women voters

By Utsa Sarmin (guest post) The ongoing 2021 Legislative Assembly election in West Bengal has spawned a campaign called ‘No Vote To BJP’, which includes messaging meant specifically for women in the state. The campaign was launched by ‘Bengal against… Continue Reading →

Qawwali singer Farid Sabri of ‘Sabri Brothers’ fame dies at 58

New Delhi: The famous Qawwali singer Farid Sabri of ‘Sabri Brothers’ fame died at a Jaipur hospital on Wednesday, April 21, 2021. Reports suggest he was undergoing treatment for past few days and breathed his last a day back. He… Continue Reading →

Haryana – 1,710 doses of Covid vaccine stolen in Jind

Thieves decamp with vaccine but spare laptop, Rs 50,000SHARE Deepender DeswalTribune News ServiceJind, April 22 Around 1,710 doses of Covishield and Covaxin were stolen by burglars in the storeroom of the government civil hospital in Jind Wednesday night. An official… Continue Reading →

What the MobiKwik hack tells us about India’s cybersecurity crisis

One of the country’s largest digital payments operators was hacked last month. Without a change, there will be more. Payal Dhar Last month, a site on the dark web claimed to have 8.2 terabytes of user data from the Indian mobile payments… Continue Reading →

Tea workers, train-themed booths and first-time voters: Polling day anecdotes from Assam

APRIL 21, 2021 A photo essay by NWMI editors with inputs from Durba Ghosh Women comprised 49.35 per cent of the electorate in the three-phased Assam assembly polls 2021. Only 74 women candidates contested, a mere 7.82 per cent of the total… Continue Reading →

Was Kumbh advanced by a year to please astrologers, setting aside pandemic danger?

By Rajiv Shah1 Well-known policy analyst Mohan Guruswamy has posted on his Facebook timeline a very interesting writeup by Shuddhabrata Sengupta, pointing towards how the Government of India “advanced” the Kumbh Mela by a year because of strange “astrological calculations”, setting aside… Continue Reading →

Solving vaccine crisis: Will Government of India lift price cap on private distributors?

Rit Nanda*  The second wave of Covid-19 that is battering India at the moment has focussed on two main threads: the responsibility of the government and authorities, and the responsibility of the common person. With respect to the people, undoubtedly,… Continue Reading →

Women Demanding Repeal Of Farm Acts: A Marxist-Feminist Viewpoint

The continuing farmers’ protests on the borders of the national capital demanding the repeal of the three Farm Acts have been hailed as the most valiant resistance. However, it is the large participation of women that seems to be most… Continue Reading →

Mosques offer free oxygen cylinders in Mumbai Metropolitan Region

Mohammed Wajihuddin | TNN | Updated: Apr 20, 2021, MUMBAI: Several mosques in the city and the suburbs have begun to provide oxygen cylinders to Covid-19 patients and, in turn, take some pressure off the hospitals. The free oxygen comes with kits that can be fitted at home… Continue Reading →

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