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“An unforgettable Sunday” May 27, 2013

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On 28th April 2013, CHSJ helped set up and participated in a rally for Justice and Peace at Select Citywalk mall.  This is the reaction of Tulsi Manimuthu.

पहले मुझे रविवार को आना कुछ अच्छा नहीं लग रहा था, क्योंकि एक Sunday ही होता है जब हम देर तक सोते है। हम लोग करीब  2 बजे City walk  पहुचे ,  वंहा पर हम सब Volunteer कर रहे थे सब का काम बाटा हुआ था,   पहले  हम सब ने मिलकर वंहा पर Event  का setup  किया, फिर  पोस्टर और flags  लगाए. फिर हमारा काम बाटा गया, काम बाटने  का purpose Crowd ,Media management, और Celebrates  को प्रोटेक्ट करना और कुछ भीproblem  को manage करना था।

मेरा काम Media  और Crowd  को  स्टेज मैं जाने से रोकना था , जो बहुत अच्छे  से हुआ भी क्योंकि हम सब एक दुसरे की मदद कर रहे थे। मुझे वंहा पर कमला जी की  कमी महसूस हुई , और वंहा पर जब लोगो ने आप बीती बताई जो सुन कर गुस्सा भी आया और अपने आप मैं खुद को कमज़ोर भी महसूस किया, की हम पीड़ित लोंगो के लिए कुछ नहीं कर पा रहे है सिर्फ आश्वासन ही दे रहे है , पर इसकी सजा क्या हो, ये कौन तय करेगा, सजा कढोर हो या क्या कुछ समझ नहीं आ रहा था। यदि फाँसी या इससे कड़ोर कोई सजा होती तो शायाद  सब कुछ ठीक हो जाता, और आज ऐसा होता ही क्यों?

हमारे दिल मैं पीडितो के लिए  बहुत प्यार है जो  उन को उस तकलीफ़ से निकलने मैं मदद  कर सके।वंहा पर मुझे सईदा जी की बंदनी वाली कविता,  शबाना जी ने जो फरहान की लिखी कविता बहुत अच्छी लगी, साथ ही साथ उषा जी के सभी गीत बहुत अच्छे लगे,जिसमे से कुछ   महिला हिंसा को लेकर भी  थे . मेरे लिए नया था Event का सेटअप और crowd management, क्योंकि वंहा एक माहोल बनाना था, लोगो तक message भी  पहुचे जरुरी था, जो हम सब ने बहुत अच्छे से किया भी। लोगो को बुलाना जो हमरा मकसद था साथ ही साथ वो कुछ भी problem create न कर पाये ये भी देखना था. इतने सारे  लोगो को संभलना, साथ ही साथ टीम मैं काम को कैसे करना है यह सीखने का अवसर मिला, और जैसे मैने पहले ही बताया  था,  की मुझे Sunday को सोना बहुत अच्छा लगता है मेरा इस  बार का Sunday  हर बार की तरह नहीं. बहुत Useful  और Innovative  गया,  जो मुझे कभी भी नहीं भूलेगा , इसके लिए मैं अपनी संस्था की आभारी हूँ जिसने मुझे ये मौका दिया।

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“सेलेक्ट सिटी वोक में एक दिन”

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On 28th April 2013, CHSJ helped set up and participated in a rally for Justice and Peace at Select Citywalk mall.  This is the reaction of Mahfuj Alam

सिटी मोल जहां मैं इवेंट में गया था। वहां हम लोगों ने बैनर का काम किया उसे लगवाया, उसके बाद स्टेज व्यवस्था बनाए रखने में मदद की। वहां मुझे बहुत अच्छा लगा, शबाना आज़मी को भी देखा। वहां पर एक महिला ने अपनी बेटी के बारे में जो कुछ बताया उसे सुनकर मुझे बहुत बुरा भी लगा।

 

“Enjoyed singing of Usha Uttahp”

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On 28th April 2013, CHSJ helped set up and participated in a rally for Justice and Peace at Select Citywalk mall.  This is the reaction of Ishu Das.

हिंसा रोकने के सपोर्ट में हमारे ऑफिस के सभी स्टाफ गए थे। वहां पर शबाना आज़मी और उषा उथूप को देखने के लिए जो भीड़ लगी उसे हटाने में हम लोगों ने बहुत मेहनत की और सब कुछ अच्छे से निबट गया, वहां पर हमने बैनर लगाए, और लोगों को पोस्टर भी बाटें। मुझे उषा उथूप का गाना सुनकर बड़ा मजा आया।

 

“I am ready for the next event!” May 21, 2013

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On 28th April 2013, CHSJ helped set up and participated in a rally for Justice and Peace at Select Citywalk mall.  This is the reaction of Lavanya Mehra.

My role was to be reference point for CHSJ for the core team of Organisers. As a member of the core team, I had to be part of the phone/ mail communication, attend meetings and be part of the planning process.

During one such core group meeting, we offered to provide volunteers. On the day of the event, there was a core group meeting at 9am.  Apart from other things, the Core Group was worried about celebrity security. Therefore, we decided that the senior core team will take care of the celebrities and stage management and the rest of the volunteers will do crowd ushering, material dissemination and crowd control.

CHSJ had promised to send 6 volunteers. Eleven of us finally came, but there was some delay in other volunteers coming, throwing the planning completely out of gear. The entire day was almost uneventful, till Shabana came to the main foyer and started dancing to a popular song being sung by Usha. We were expecting this and so we all jumped in to create a human chain circle around Shabana. The crowd kept pushing against us and tried to enter the small circle but we held on- a lot of fun indeed! We had to move the circle to get Shabana back to her seat. By now the whole crowd had converged to the centre of the amphitheater and some were also on the stage- Shabana and Usha were unfazed and so were we but we had a job at hand and so we moved people away and created a long cordon at the base of the stage. This was the most fun I had because apart from being 5 feet away from Usha who was singing great songs, we were also 5 feet away from the crowd that was singing and dancing and having a whale of a time. The energy was unbelievable.

The last minute event planning was challenging because the detailed agenda and invite for the event came just a day before the event affecting our own networking and information sharing around the issue.

Other learnings included that the Flexes need to be tied to pillars/ trees as the heavy winds make them topple over.  This event’s organisation was very different from that of the OBR. There were uncertainties till the last minute. The youth group singer was finalised on the day of the event after an audition in front of the core group- but through a mobile phone kept on speaker mode! The video clip was played where a senior feminist gave a message on VAW and the need to rise in solidarity against violence. The 2- minute video stopped around 10 times during the screening and this horrified the organisers and the person who had taken troubles to get the clip. This reminded me of how anxious I get when one of my films is ever played.

In spite of a 12 hour shift I enjoyed the day a lot – also because I could call my Mother for it and see her listening to the discussions and enjoying the evening. I am ready for the next event!

 

“I enjoyed a lot”

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On 28th April 2013, CHSJ helped set up and participated in a rally for Justice and Peace at Select Citywalk mall.  This is the reaction of Anita Gulati.

I got to know some days before that one event will happen in Select City Walk which will be organised by change.org primarily with the help of Jagori, Sangat, Action Aid and others. So Lavanya briefed us about that. As it was falling on Sunday so I was not very happy about it as we have also great home related work for which we get only one holiday and we are not free on Sunday due to this event.  But it was conflict in my mind only for some time and I again prepared myself for the Event work. Also I was excited about the event as this was the first time; I am going to see live show of some celebrity.

When we reached Select City Walk for the preparations there were only a couple of people.  They were waiting for the volunteers from other organisations also but they were continuously saying that we are on our ways from last 2 hours. So at last she briefed us about the plan for the next 1 hour and divide responsibility as we can’t wait for other volunteers anymore as time was running from our hands. She gave us responsibility in three groups of hanging banners all over the way, and arranging tables for display. First we arranged table on one side. Then we started putting CHSJ flexes on different places. As it was very light, flexes were flying so we tied them with some support. After this we put banners. And went to the other team who were arranging banners in a large area for helping them so that work will finish fast and we can have our lunch as by that time everybody was very hungry. After lunch we set up our registration table with material on both sides. We were again called for the planning meeting as by that time other volunteers also came. So she briefed us that we have to manage crowd, media persons and handle registration desks.  For celebrity, there was core team.  So she divided these responsibilities between us. My responsibility was to manage registration desk. I succeeded in disseminating knowledge to many people.  Lavanya was also helping me in this by calling people. Around by 7.30 I joined Lavanya for distributing flags and placards. Then we just sat and keeping an eye that everything is going smoothly. When Usha Utthap started to sing, suddenly Shabana Azmi came in the open area to dance. Then we immediately run for crowd management. We made a human chain around her.  That was really amazing, she was dancing very close to us. After that till the end, we managed the crowd as the place got very rowdy. That is new thing for me. I enjoyed a lot that evening.

The challenge I faced was management of works of my home and baby as only Sunday is the day when we can do our own works and can give time to the baby. So managing that was really a challenge for me. But I managed it successfully.

 

“One memorable day of my life”

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On 28th April 2013, CHSJ helped set up and participated in a rally for Justice and Peace at Select Citywalk mall.  This is the reaction of Nibedita Phukan.

The lovely music and poetry became the way of expressing the fight against women and girl. It was one memorable day of my life spent in support of peace, justice and non-violence. The poetry recitation by two eminent personalities had mesmerized me and the ever energetic Indian pop diva Usha Utthup had won me over with her singing. The volunteering work in which we were involved had given me the opportunity to learn crowd management, media management and well coordinated stage management. I hope this experience will be helpful in our future work.

 

“Only love is the tool which will help us to erase the violence”

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On 28th April 2013, CHSJ helped set up and participated in a rally for Justice and Peace at Select Citywalk mall.  This is the reaction of Poonam Singh.

My role was as a volunteer to manage the crowd and placing banners so people could easily understand what really was going on over there.  I liked the whole discussion on violence and patriarchy and poetry by Syeeda Hameed, Shabana Azmi and singing By Usha Uthup. Beside this, I liked the people who were present there because they looked very serious on the issue of violence against women and patriarchal system and they were seriously listening to the whole discussion. People were very excited to see Shabana Azmi and Usha Uthup and they enjoyed Usha Uthup’s singing very much. I saw Shabana Azmi and Usha Uthup as I had seen both of them only on TV screen before that. I enjoyed the singing and music by Usha Uthup. I placed the banners in the mall’s balcony for the first time with the team. My lesson was that we cannot erase the violence itself, only love is the tool which will help us to erase the violence. So, we should use this tool in a right way so as to we can change the mentality of each and every person on violence and patriarchy and also I think that we should teach the lesson of love because we want peace and love and nothing else in our society, in our country and also in our world. My challenge was crowd management but as far as I think actually there was not much of a congestion problem during the program.