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EK JO HUE HUM toh kya na kar jayenge, yeh hi toh humari asli pehchan hai na? School mein humesha se yeh hi history ke books mei padha hai ki “INDIA IS A COUNTRY OF UNITY IN DIVERSITY”. “UNITY IN DIVERSITY”, kya yeh sach ha?? Kya hum isse sirf kitabon mei hi padhenge ya fir jeevan mei bhi isse apnayeng? Kisi ne sahi hi kaha hai, “kitabi keeda na bane, gyaan kitabon se aur apni sanskriti se bhi liya jata hai…”

Home is a place not just to survive, we live our live in our homes, and India is home to thousands of regional languages and several religions. Aur bhi kitna kuch hai iss ghar mein!

Aaj maine ek advertisement dekha, bohot simple sa ad tha, mujhe pata nahi tha wo ad controversial ho jayega. Usme jo achchai hai, moral values sikhne ko mile hai uske against “LOVE-JIHAAD”,”ANTI-HINDU” aur bhi pata nhi kya kya tagline add ho gaye.

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“BETIYON KO  KHUSH RAKHNE  KI RASM  TO HAR GHAR MEI HOTI HA NA” kya yeh soch galat hai? Kya humari grantho mein kahin bhi likha hai ki ek dusre samaj ki ladlki ya ladka ek dusre samaj ke ghar ka sadasya nhi ban sakta?

Kabirdas ji ne kaha tha, “Jaat na pucho sadhu ki, puch lijo gyaan”, insaan ka mol uske swabhav se hota hai, uski khubiyon se hota hai na ki uske “Hindu”,”Muslim”, ya “Sikh” hone se.

Ek bachche ko iss duniya mein ek maa ke saath saath wo doctor bhi lata hai jo pura prayas karta hai ki bachcha aur maa dono theek ho. Toh kya hum uss doctor se uski jaat, dharma puchte hai? Tabhi usse humare eelaj ka haq dete hai kya? DOCTOR ko hum bhagwan ka swaroop mante hai, toh kya wahi bhagwan se aise prashna karte hai, kya karte hai kabhi??

Yeh to phir bhi maan liya humne ki dusre dharma se problem ha isliye aise “anti-hindu” ki baat aa jati hai, par kya wo jab “Honor killing”, “Burnt cases aate hai” tab bhi hota hai? Jawab de sakte hai kya inn baaton ka? Aaj bhi humare desh mei kai aise gaon hai, kayi aise soch wale log hai jo inn baaton ko mante hai. LOGON SE SAMAJ BANTA HAi AUR AAGE BADHTA HAi, PAR HUMNE IS BAAT KO HI BADAL DIYA .

Hum 21st-century mein hai saal 2020 hai, Independence ko 73 years ho gye hai… Kahan reh gaye hai hum? Aaj bhi itne pichchde kyu hai hum? Technology mein hum puri mehnat kar rahe hai, khel mein humein gold, silver medals chahiye, par humara asli medal toh apni sanskriti hai, toh aur ache se aage badhana hai na? Kya hum aage badh rhe hai? Sochiyega apko iska jawab khud mil jayega…

INDIA IS A SOVERIGN,  SECULAR, DEMORATIC REPUBLIC. Yeh bhi padha tha maine class 8-9th mein aur tab mujhe sirf yaad karna tha, but ye shabdh mere dimag mein humesha rahe kyuki maine inhe samjha bhi tha.


SECULAR: Everyone has the right to choose their religion, education irrespective of caste, creed, etc.

Toh partner kyu nhi choose kar sakte?  Dusre religion se hai toh kya? Dusre caste se hai toh kya?Pyaar dil se hota hai, caste ya religion se toh hum unhe apnate hai, kuch sikhte hai, kuch samjhate hai, kuch naya jeevan mei laate hai. Isse hum “ANTI- HINDU” kaise hue? Isse toh hum “DUAL-RELIGION” HUE NA? Humari aastha mandir mei bhi utni hai jitni masjid, gurudwara aur church mein hai. Jab ISHWAR ek hai, toh itna”ANTI -SOCH” kyun? Kyun bhul jaatehai hum humare purwaj ne bhi toh kitne alag-alag raniyon se vivah kiya tha unke bhi tor tarike alag the… Toh aaj,

“Ma, yeh rasam toh aapke ghar mein hote hi nahin hain na?” ISPAR ITNE SAWAL KYU ??????

Ek maa, ek saas, apni bahu, beti mein fark kare toh woh saas kaise hai woh bahu kaisi hai yeh prashna uthate hai hum…

Aur aaj jab wahi saas apni bahu ki god bharai karaye toh, haan haan South indian bahu, na na naaa wo hai South Indian Muslim bahu…itniiii controversy!


HUM EID MEI SEWAIYAN BHI BANATE HAI, DURGA PUJA MEI PANDAL GHUMNE BHI JATE HAI AUR DIWALI MEI PATAKHE BHI JALATE HAI. Toh kuch alag hai kya hum mein? Nhi hai na? Toh soch badaliya janab, samaj aage badhega piche na laye isse.


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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.

Saurabh has been associated with YKA as a user and has consistently been writing on the issue MHM and its intersectionality with other issues in the society. Now as an MHM Fellow with YKA, he’s launched the Right to Period campaign, which aims to ensure proper execution of MHM guidelines in Delhi’s schools.

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.

Her campaign #MeriMarzi aims to promote menstrual health and wellness, hygiene and facilities for female sex workers in UP. She says, “Knowledge about natural body processes is a very basic human right. And for individuals whose occupation is providing sexual services, it becomes even more important.”

Meri Marzi aims to ensure sensitised, non-discriminatory health workers for the needs of female sex workers in the Suraksha Clinics under the UPSACS (Uttar Pradesh State AIDS Control Society) program by creating more dialogues and garnering public support for the cause of sex workers’ menstrual rights. The campaign will also ensure interventions with sex workers to clear misconceptions around overall hygiene management to ensure that results flow both ways.

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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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A native of Bhagalpur district – Bihar, Shalini Jha believes in equal rights for all genders and wants to work for a gender-equal and just society. In the past she’s had a year-long association as a community leader with Haiyya: Organise for Action’s Health Over Stigma campaign. She’s pursuing a Master’s in Literature with Ambedkar University, Delhi and as an MHM Fellow with YKA, recently launched ‘Project अल्हड़ (Alharh)’.

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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A Computer Science engineer by education, Nitisha started her career in the corporate sector, before realising she wanted to work in the development and social justice space. Since then, she has worked with Teach For India and Care India and is from the founding batch of Indian School of Development Management (ISDM), a one of its kind organisation creating leaders for the development sector through its experiential learning post graduate program.

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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