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The critics seem obsessed with the political formula. The latest "big problem" with the slutwalk seems to be that there are no minorities in the committee. I see this as a spontaneously evolved action, planned by whoever was connected in the moment. It is ridiculous to criticize the message because the messengers aren't structured like a political party.

A supporter of the walk brings up some questions being asked. Please note, these have been raised elsewhere.

@Vidyut Support the cause of #slutwalk. However those pointing to the demographic mismatch between india pop and committee are making a pt.
samas777
June 28, 2011
@samas777 only if you believe the current committee will act in some way harmful to minority interests. Otherwise, its nitpicking #slutwalk
Vidyut
June 28, 2011
@samas777 Sure, I suppose it will be better. At the same time, seeing as how getting it done at all is a fight, I'm not complaining
Vidyut
June 28, 2011
@Vidyut Regardless, #slutwalk comm would do well to reflect all demographic shades of India.
samas777
June 28, 2011
@samas777 if this goes well, and things get easier, future walks can have elected representatives if someone volunteers to conduct the poll
Vidyut
June 28, 2011
@Vidyut No the problem is many minorities not involved at all. Think message is great.
samas777
June 28, 2011
@samas777 right now, it is the doing that is the point. Minorities are missing only if you see women as divided. #slutwalk
Vidyut
June 28, 2011
@samas777 it is a meaningless mindfuck. If the minorities were there, someone would go after tax returns. You know the drill.
Vidyut
June 28, 2011
@Vidyut Also do you think the first walk should go thru bollywood? Seen objectification lately?
samas777
June 28, 2011
@samas777 I think absolutely everyone interested should participate. Men, women, kids, old, young, rich, poor, bollywood, train drivers...
Vidyut
June 28, 2011
@Vidyut I will bet you dollars to doughnuts that in a wider milieu, women in india may be divided on method if it is a replica of west
samas777
June 28, 2011
@samas777 I'm not interested in divisions and polarizations. If someone takes an initiative, I say go for it for all of us.
Vidyut
June 28, 2011
@samas777 If someone is not interested, they will still gain from any social change that happens. No division. Its society.
Vidyut
June 28, 2011
@Vidyut I agree on your wider point that the message is important for many brothers out there. 🙂
samas777
June 28, 2011
@samas777 That is what we need to remember. If doubts sabotage that, then we're off track. In aiming for perfection, we enter paralysis.
Vidyut
June 28, 2011
@Vidyut Last pt. Will it pass the mommy test? Sure there will be a generational divide amongst women depending on how far the method goes.
samas777
June 28, 2011
@samas777 I think it is about how we share ideas. Dignity is not abhorrent to any woman. I think we need to have Hindi interviews in media.
Vidyut
June 28, 2011
@samas777 Somehow, a large part of our repressed, obsessed male population are unable to think beyond a show of skin. Values don't register.
Vidyut
June 28, 2011
@Vidyut Yes use of vernacular idiom would go a long way
samas777
June 28, 2011
@samas777 I believe they are calling it Besharmi Morcha.
Vidyut
June 28, 2011
@samas777 Appreciate your questions. If its okay with you, I'd like to blog our conversation to point people to for similar questions.
Vidyut
June 28, 2011
@Vidyut No problem. Timelines are public anyway. Please follow if i ever need to DM. Thanks.
samas777
June 28, 2011
@Vidyut This will be long discussion on reaction to skin. Fursat mein chat karenge. Caio for now.
samas777
June 28, 2011

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<strong class='StrictlyAutoTagBold'>Besharmi Morcha</strong> the desi version of slut Walk. on Twitpic

Besharmi Morcha
The Indian version of the slutwalk protest marches spreading around the world was initially planned for the 25th of June, but has now been postponed to the end of July.
When: July 30th, 2011 Where: Delhi
Category: Protest 

I like the direction in which we are moving with this one. The delay is good. Will give more time for publicity. I also like the change of name to Besharmi Morcha. Not many Indians understand "Slut", but being called besharam (shameless) is a fact of life for many of us.

I'm extra thrilled because the name now includes in its meaning the lack of shame in being a woman. And that being a good thing - as in - nothing to be ashamed of.

Unfortunately, the Walk happening in Mumbai that I was so thrilled about turned out to be someone's idea of a joke looking at "chicks on the dance floor" just goes to show what the people you dance with think, and goes to show how important the walk is.

Am trying to get co-conspirators, seeing as how my time is totally shot, but I hope we do one soon in Mumbai. Actually, I have no doubt we'll do it. Its a great idea. Impossible that it doesn't spread to other cities. Specially Mumbai.

The reason for the delay has been to include college students, which is a great idea, since college girls are often the ones facing the most victimization based on judgments about their clothes.

I am really, really happy about how things are moving, and stay tuned to this space for more. In the meanwhile, you may be interested in what a slutwalk is and why it has such a shocking name.