I loved coming to the US…because I loved the idea that freedom of speech was paramount. I still do. With all its faults, the US has Freedom of Speech…You can say what you like, write what you like, and know that the remedy to someone saying or writing or showing something that offends you is not to read it, or to speak out against it. I loved that I could read and make my own mind up about something…
You ask, What makes it worth defending? and the only answer I can give is this: Freedom to write, freedom to read, freedom to own material that you believe is worth defending means you're going to have to stand up for stuff you don't believe is worth defending, even stuff you find actively distasteful, because laws are big blunt instruments that do not differentiate between what you like and what you don't…because one person's obscenity is another person's art.
Because if you don't stand up for the stuff you don't like, when they come for the stuff you do like, you've already lost.
Former ragpicker Vicky Roy, now 21, was just another street kid growing up in a Salaam Baalak Trust shelter in Paharganj. A chance participation in a photography workshop changed his life. He enrolled at Triveni Kala Sangam, worked as an assistant to portrait photographer Anay Mann, clicked fellow street kids and ended up with an exhibition at the Capital's snotty India Habitat Centre. That was in 2007.
A year later, Delhi-based Ramchander Nath Foundation nominated Vicky for a mentorship programme by the US-based Maybach Foundation. Under it, he will work on the photo-documentation of the reconstruction of the World Trade Center.
Vicky is one among four chosen from applicants across the world, and the only one from South Asia.
I wondered if I would find the Bukhara as delightful as that first time. Let me tell you now, there is a reason this restaurant is rated the best in New Delhi by many. There menu remains the same with a few good kababs, exotic Indian breads and the world famous Dal Bukhara. But no one – no one! – makes them quite like the Bukhara does.
Net-enabled social tools have enabled new models for grassroots activism and community building, and they have changed how we function in society — how we communicate globally and locally, how we form ties and how we organize and connect.
What's tricky about deploying social media today is not access to the technology, but the knowledge of how to deploy it across multiple platforms.
This white paper is meant to take some of the fear and confusion out of the question of whether to use these tools or not. An accompanying resource guide and detailed case studies provide a tool kit for using social media to promote, brand and organize around an idea, movement, program or campaign.