Durga Puja and Dussehra, festivals that define our identity as members of the Hindu community, that create a mood of joy and celebration also exposes the patriarchal underpinnings of society. Sniff the air…it’s unmistakably there.
We must set up the stage for us to question the very linearity that makes current mental health interventions exclusionary.
Mental health and physical disability together form a difficult intersection, both being highly stigmatized. This intersection is seldom recognized, and rarely discussed. The idea persists that Persons With Disabilities are disabled, not “mad”, and therefore do not require mental health support.
A contradictory festival in itself, Durga Puja is supposed to be that time of the year where the society embraces a daughter with open arms while also passing subtle derogatory comments when a girl is wearing shorts as a part of her festive apparel.
For one, I hadn’t seen a play in a long time, and second, the direction of the play by two women, Sohaila Kapur and Divya Arora herself, portraying stories of “disability, betrayal and love”, piqued my interest, and I decided to go.
The concept of gendered etiquette not only creates a gap between gender and defining gender roles, but also maintains the gap between social classes.
On 23rd August, a 23 year old law student of Shahjahanpur’s Swami Shukdev Anand Post Graduate College, in a viral video posted on her Facebook profile, hinted that Chinmayanand, a former BJP Union Minster was exploiting her and pleaded the Prime Minister and the State’s Chief Minister to take action.
Protection officers help serve an important link between the victim and law enforcement officers, namely the police, the magistrate and the lawyers.
The suicidal space that I was stuck in earlier was akin to a maze of rooms and in each room there were blackboards and metal screeching against metal.
After dinner and drinks, he would move to the living area, casually initiating conversation with the wife, his tongue and nerves loosening up as an effect of alcohol.