With great humility, I wish to tell you that we are taking one step back.
The vision I presented yesterday (field work) hasn’t found many takers. I believe it is an idea whose time is yet to come. No worries.
Let us first specialise in what we do. And then move on to something else. Lets write. Lets write our hearts out.
Lets write well researched articles that will deal with every facet of crimes against women – it’s history, it’s current state, the psychology; everything.
Let us first understand crimes against women in a better manner. We invite articles at firstname.lastname@example.org. Soumya ji has figured out the badge thing pretty soon. The facebook page has had response. Some response.
So we are moving in the right direction. I’d like to take to you about the tone of articles. The initial storm has blown over. The emotion has drained out of us considerably.
It is now time for well-researched articles, articles that’ll expose the flaws of the current system. Articles that’ll suggest better ways. Articles that’ll look all around the globe for better responses to rape.
Our initiative needs a fresh lease of life. And it is time to re-build from scratch. Let us not underestimate the power of the pen in ushering in a new way of thinking.
Every day since the 29th of December, since the victim passed away, I’ve had people accessing my blog using the search term “who is damini”. I close my eyes and try to imagine the user/reader on the other side.
Maybe he is a young male from rural Northern India. Maybe she is a girl who is battling discrimination. Whoever they are, we need to write for them.
We need to offer them a better way of looking at sex, and gender related differentiation. Maybe, at the pace at which we are writing, we cannot even put a dent to the present case of crimes against women.
But, 20,30,40 years later – Maybe. Who knows? Can we afford to be cynical at such an important juncture?
I bet not.
Let’s write. Without expecting instant results.
Waiting for fresh submissions.
NO MORE CYNICISM.
P.S. I wish all contributors lived in Guwahati. We could’ve started field work from tomorrow. Please don’t be demotivated by my lack of success at Guwahati field work. Try at your city.