Archive for October, 2018

Friends, on 9 October BBC News Punjabi interviewed me on the #MeToo movement. Specifically, if the movement is making men feel insecure.

My response was as follows but before that the headline which is also from the response. It translates as: Women have experienced (being scared and silent) for 3000 years, let men too now for two centuries know what that means.

However, that is a bit flippant. My slightly more elaborate response was: ‘In a patriarchal society, violence is structural. It is embedded. Men feel entitled. Until that changes, the society will not become equal.

‘(The next point is related to how feminism has changed society over the last seven decades or so.) Issue is we no longer have good examples of masculinity. Men do not know how to change. They do not have role models. But that does not mean we suppress women and stop them from speaking. Every human being has a right to state their point.

‘(On which stories are true and which fake) Many kinds of talks will tumble out … when the taps open every type of water flows. We need to develop a nuanced understanding of which stories have weight and which don’t have it. But we need to support the #MeToo movement which is lifting the veil and breaking the reign of silence.’

Thank you Tahira Bhasin. Please read more here …

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Friends, senior anthropologist from Brandeis University Jonathan Shapiro Anjaria examines the matter of the turban controversy that erupts from time to time within the Sikh community in the sports arena and quotes me in his article.

The recent context is the cyclist Jagdeep Singh Puri’s petition in the Delhi courts. Another instance is of wrestler Jaskawarbir Singh Gill aka Jassa Patti, one of our best freestyle wrestlers, who opted to not contest and allowed a walkover in Istanbul recently over the head gear issue. We know about a reverse stance by famous shooter Heena Sidhu over the Hijab in Tehran in 2016.

Recently there has been resistance to helmets by Sikh women drivers in Chandigarh. Interestingly, Jon sent me links to Sikh helmets which also he quotes in piece.

Please read here …

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Friends, seems like tomorrow (Sunday, October 7) would be world tourism day in Panjab. The Akalis have organised a rally in Capt Amarinder’s home turf Patiala. The Congress has organised a rally in Lambi, Badal’s village. One faction of AAP is marching from Kotkapura to Bargari over sacrileges. Everyone has forgotten major issues: agrarian crises, vanishing industry, unemployment, drugs and crimes.

Cut to circa 2016, the SAD-BJP was still in power in Punjab, Captain Amarinder had not made his promise at Damdama Sahib, the STF on Drugs was not formed, the Maro Jan Virodh Karo protest had not happened when Patiala MP Dr Dharamvira Gandhi proposed an amendment to the NDPS Bill 1985.

The Parliament Committee approved the amendments to the Bill to be tabled. However, the Bill never came up for discussion. As the Parliament meets for its last winter session before 2019 elections, is it still not time to discuss the NDPS Act?

Thank you Punjab To for re-presenting the article. Please read here …

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