All posts tagged: peace

Social Media & Citizen Activism Powering India’s New Freedom Movement [UPDATED]

In 1947, India earned its independance from 320 years of British occupation and rule. This was the culmination of several important events that took place starting with the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857, the arrest of Lokmanya Tilak in 1908 and the uprising escalating over the years, into the Quit India Movement in August 1942. In 1880, Lokmanya Tilak recognized the need for an independent newspaper and magazine focused on the efforts to liberate India from British administration. He started his own newspaper (The Kesri) and published articles about various movements taking place across the country. Information and leads came to him via friends in activist organizations all over the country. In 1905 the British Government, wanting to crush the freedom of expression which was now threatening their establishment, arrested Tilak and convicted him under the charge of sedition to 6 years of rigorous imprisonment on the Andaman Islands where political prisoners and troublemakers were detained. The Andaman Cellular Jail was supposed to be the Alcatraz of colonial SE Asia, impossible to escape from, with inmates …

Routes2Roots : Promoting Peace via Music and Cultural Exchange

Routes2Roots is a non-profit organization that aims at building peace between South Asian countries through art, music and cultural exchange. Countries of interest include India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri lanka, Bhutan, Nepal, Maldives and Afghanistan. Preeti Parekh caught up with Routes2Roots founder Rakesh Gupta over a phone call. The excerpt of their interview follows: Preeti: What motivated you to start Routes2Roots? Rakesh: India is a large country. It has strained relationships with its neighbors, mainly Pakistan. However, for centuries before this one, we have shared a common history and culture. We decided to bring together people, cultures and values across South Asian countries, in particular India and Pakistan. Via these exchanges, we hope to promote greater harmony, understanding and brotherhood between nations. Preeti: And how exactly do you achieve this? Rakesh: We organize events that showcase talent and culture from both countries that participate. The events introduce talent from the fields of film, fashion, sports and music. We identify and promote known and upcoming artistes/performers and cultural workers from South Asia. Also we do not charge …