Pink underwear for the Sri Ram Sena

Priya Ramani – Monday, February 09, 2009 2:56 PM
I hate Facebook activism. My friends are members of all kinds of online groups and campaigns such as “Conscientious Citizens for Causes”, “Let’s collect 50,000 signatures to support the Palestinians in Gaza”, “Stop Greyhound Slaughter” and “Corruption…Let’s Fight Now”.
My eyes glaze over when I get these invitations and I wonder how people even have the time to take time out from the rat race to participate. But I just signed up for a new Facebook group called The Consortium of Pubgoing, Loose and Forward Women and now I have to find the time to dig through my wardrobe for all my pink underwear to participate in their Pink Chaddi campaign. The group, as you may guess, was started after last week’s incident in a Mangalore pub. Its goal is to teach the Sri Ram Sena a thing or two about Indian women.
They’ve detailed their plan of action on http://thepinkchaddicampaign.blogspot.com/. Here’s a preview from their blog: What can you do?
Step 1: It does not matter that many of us have not thought about Valentine’s Day since we were 13. If ever. This year let us send the Sri Ram Sena some love. Let us send them some PINK CHADDIS.Look in your closet or buy them cheap. Dirt-cheap. Make sure they are PINK. Send them off to the Sena at the address we’ve provided. If you don’t want to mail it yourself, you can drop it off at the Chaddi Collection Points. We will be collecting across the country through this week and sending the packages on February 12. More information about Chaddi Collectors in your city soon on our blog.
Step 2: Send the Pink Chaddi Campaign a photograph of the package. Tell us how many chaddis you are sending out and inspire other women in other cities. You can either mail the information to freelancehabba (at) gmail (dot) com or you can mail it at our Facebook address
Step 3: On Valentine’s Day we do a Pub Bharo action. Go to a pub wherever you are. From Kabul to Chennai to Guwahati to Singapore to LA women have signed up. It does not matter if you are actually not a pub-goer or not even much of a drinker. Let us raise a toast (it can be juice) to Indian women. Take a photo or video. We will put it together (more on how later) and send this as well to the Sri Ram Sena. What happens after Valentine’s Day? After Valentine’s Day we should get some of our elected leaders to agree that beating up women is ummm… AGAINST INDIAN CULTURE.
For right now, ask not what Dr VS Acharya, Home Minister of Karnataka can do for you. Ask what you can do for him. Here is his blog. http://drvsacharya.blogspot.com. Send him some love.
Nisha Susan, For the Pink Chaddi Campaign I hope you’re inspired to contribute a pink underwear or two. http://thepinkchaddicampaign.blogspot.com/

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