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Is Intolerance Really Rising In India?

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It was rightly said by Mahatma GandhiTit for tat, an eye for an eye will make whole world blind

When a government is formed on Populist agenda and if it fails to deliver what’s been promised then it takes the support of “Diversion Politics” to Divert attention of Public from real issues and make government less accountable towards them.

“Criticism” which is essence of Democracy. It’s been curtailed day by day. What’s happening in our country is that you can’t really criticise Political Elite or Ruling elite. If you’ll do so you’ll be labelled as a “Anti-national” or newly coined term “Urban Naxals” by online troll armies (literally armies) on social media. We’ve to understand that Questioning doesn’t mean to Question the integrity of Country and to blame country. Questioning result in increase accountability of government to it’s citizens.


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The recurring incidents of lynching and targeted mob violence against vulnerable groups reported from various parts of the country are a direct challenge thrown by right-wing groups to political processes, especially electoral processes and the rule of law. According to India Spend, a data-journalism website, 86% of those killed in lynching incidents in 2017 were Muslims.

Mob vigilantism is rising and in one case a person is lynched for having suspicion of Beef other is been lynched due to suspicion of Child lifter some other people lynched for being a thief. It all depicts the rise of Mobocracy.

What’s leading for these incidents is that people have forgotten that a society cannot be made of similarities and uniformity but it crucially needs difference and the celebration of difference to keep society alive

“One needs to reinvent the stranger constantly to keep society alive”  By A.C.Jordan [African philosopher]

People don’t have that much faith on process of Justice

To blame lynching on the slowness or failure of ‘Justice’ is to speak a dangerous half truth. Full truth is that the state has failed to support the law. Under all circumstances, against politically motivated group and individual violence any kind of vigilante ‘justice’ has to be strongly opposed and highly condemned by the State.

Recent crack down on dissent  [ Attacks to Assassinate Activists like (Umar Khalid) , killing of Gauri Lankesh etc] :- 

On social media troll army regularly labels anyone who dissents from government as ‘Urban Naxal’ or “anti-national”.

American Philosopher Charles Stevenson wrote about the Hurrah/Boo theory, reducing language to emotions of approval or disapproval, and replacing logical arguments with moral language to rouse emotions.

State which fails to deliver what’s been promised use this theory to divert the attention of youths from their mistakes to somewhere else which result in rise of intolerance between youths and Public.

Due to the fake propaganda to mute the voices of the activists lots of fake news and articles are been published so that the weakness of ruler and state should be ignored. These labelling results to grow Intolerance in youth towards activists who act as a pressure group on government and act as a watchdog and it curtail the ability to question and dissent from state which is the essence of democracy( recently pointed out by supreme court). Image source – Getty images (for represetation only )

Nobel Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi’s comment on rising Intolerance (specifically in Youth) “Intolerance and Impatience in Young people is
growing fast , it’s widening and deepening. They don’t want to listen they want to react first”

“Whatever they are doing today is because they could either be misguided or they don’t have a clear path in their lives. They are confused in the
competitive world and they don’t see much opportunity. This frustrates them and creates a dislike for the whole system and establishment, eventually making them intolerant and violent”

Step towards strong India :- 

Solution to sustain equilibrium and to save our young minds from growing intolerance in them is to give them a platform so that they can argue with each other, criticise each other, come on consensus. So let there be a free dialogue between different diversities in our country keeping politics aside and abiding the constitution of our country which gives each and every one to have full liberty to follow their customs their religion what they eat what they don`t eat. There should be spirit of ‘tolerance’ and respect between different beliefs in our country.
To follow the Preamble of our constitution which says that “ we the people of India ” we’ve to keep our religion private and perform our duty to save the diversity of this country and to save the constitution of this country.

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Now as an MH Fellow with YKA, she’s expanding her impressive scope of work further by launching a campaign to facilitate the process of ensuring better menstrual health and SRH services for women residing in correctional homes in West Bengal. The campaign will entail an independent study to take stalk of the present conditions of MHM in correctional homes across the state and use its findings to build public support and political will to take the necessary action.

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The long-term aim of the campaign is to develop an open culture where menstruation is not treated as a taboo. The campaign also seeks to hold the schools accountable for their responsibilities as an important component in the implementation of MHM policies by making adequate sanitation infrastructure and knowledge of MHM available in school premises.

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Harshita is a psychologist and works to support people with mental health issues, particularly adolescents who are survivors of violence. Associated with the Azadi Foundation in UP, Harshita became an MHM Fellow with YKA, with the aim of promoting better menstrual health.

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MH Fellow Sabna comes with significant experience working with a range of development issues. A co-founder of Project Sakhi Saheli, which aims to combat period poverty and break menstrual taboos, Sabna has, in the past, worked on the issue of menstruation in urban slums of Delhi with women and adolescent girls. She and her team also released MenstraBook, with menstrastories and organised Menstra Tlk in the Delhi School of Social Work to create more conversations on menstruation.

With YKA MHM Fellow Vineet, Sabna launched Menstratalk, a campaign that aims to put an end to period poverty and smash menstrual taboos in society. As a start, the campaign aims to begin conversations on menstrual health with five hundred adolescents and youth in Delhi through offline platforms, and through this community mobilise support to create Period Friendly Institutions out of educational institutes in the city.

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A student from Delhi School of Social work, Vineet is a part of Project Sakhi Saheli, an initiative by the students of Delhi school of Social Work to create awareness on Menstrual Health and combat Period Poverty. Along with MHM Action Fellow Sabna, Vineet launched Menstratalk, a campaign that aims to put an end to period poverty and smash menstrual taboos in society.

As a start, the campaign aims to begin conversations on menstrual health with five hundred adolescents and youth in Delhi through offline platforms, and through this community mobilise support to create Period Friendly Institutions out of educational institutes in the city.

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She says, “Bihar is ranked the lowest in India’s SDG Index 2019 for India. Hygienic and comfortable menstruation is a basic human right and sustainable development cannot be ensured if menstruators are deprived of their basic rights.” Project अल्हड़ (Alharh) aims to create a robust sensitised community in Bhagalpur to collectively spread awareness, break the taboo, debunk myths and initiate fearless conversations around menstruation. The campaign aims to reach at least 6000 adolescent girls from government and private schools in Baghalpur district in 2020.

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A psychologist and co-founder of a mental health NGO called Customize Cognition, Ritika forayed into the space of menstrual health and hygiene, sexual and reproductive healthcare and rights and gender equality as an MHM Fellow with YKA. She says, “The experience of working on MHM/SRHR and gender equality has been an enriching and eye-opening experience. I have learned what’s beneath the surface of the issue, be it awareness, lack of resources or disregard for trans men, who also menstruate.”

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As a Youth Ki Awaaz Menstrual Health Fellow, Nitisha has started Let’s Talk Period, a campaign to mobilise young people to switch to sustainable period products. She says, “80 lakh women in Delhi use non-biodegradable sanitary products, generate 3000 tonnes of menstrual waste, that takes 500-800 years to decompose; which in turn contributes to the health issues of all menstruators, increased burden of waste management on the city and harmful living environment for all citizens.

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A former Assistant Secretary with the Ministry of Women and Child Development in West Bengal for three months, Lakshmi Bhavya has been championing the cause of menstrual hygiene in her district. By associating herself with the Lalana Campaign, a holistic menstrual hygiene awareness campaign which is conducted by the Anahat NGO, Lakshmi has been slowly breaking taboos when it comes to periods and menstrual hygiene.

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A Guwahati-based college student pursuing her Masters in Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Bidisha started the #BleedwithDignity campaign on the technology platform, demanding that the Government of Assam install
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