Blog Action 2

After Blog Action part 1, here is Part 2

I am sure you must have heard of Pink Chaddi Abhiyaan, an initiative by The Consortium of Pubbing, Loose and Forward Women.  Idea is to collect pink panties and send them to Ram Sena chief Ram Muthalik in protest of his dictum at Valentine’s day. This is not in view to uphold Valentine’s day but to oppose unnecessary morla policing against women.

Delhi collection point for pink panties:

Nisha Susan
C/o Tehelka
M76, M-Block Market
Greater Kailash 2
Ph: 9811893733

Last date of collection is tomorrow: 11th February. You can find collection points in Bangalore and Mumbai here.

Pink Chaddi Abhiyaan Logo

Pink Chaddi Abhiyaan Logo

Panties has been used as symbolic protest before. By Burmese women against Burmese military.

Apart from send pink panties, they ask each of us to fill up pubs on Valentine’s day even if we do not drink, as a protest.

While young feminists all over the country are raving about this movement, there are some voice of dissents as well. Usha writes:

But send him my precious lingerie? No way. Actually I do not own any in pink but if I did I assume they’d be lovely with laces and all, and why on earth would I send it to Muthalik? Even the thought makes me sick.What is the point anyway?

I have a better idea. He calls himself the leader of the Shri Ram Sene and as far as I remember the most famous Sene of Shri Ram, the one that he led to defeat Ravana, consisted entirely of Vanaras or monkeys. Now that explains it all, doesn’t it? So let us send them pink ribbons for their tails or lots of bananas. Pink Monkey caps may be? Send him pink dupattas with detailed notes on how he can use them to hang himself.

Sakhshi writes:

Its not gifting each other anything (which is negating the main clause of Valentines, btw) but gifting the thugs some pink underwear. If that is supposed to be a hint for the stupid fools,  I think it would be effective if they just got a card with Neanderthal on its cover. I dont gift panties to strangers(who sound deprived of sex), unless they are the lead singer/drummer of my favorite rock band. Blame it on that weird guy who hangs out at lingerie shops fingering the displayed bras and panties. Chaddis are personal, intimate gifts – I love to stuff them in my boyfriend’s pocket for him to find out randomly in the day. Not to some stranger who is likely to use it as a napkin (nudge nudge wink wink). I am definitely not spending my money to buy them new ones. So no chaddis – pink or otherwise, thongs or granny knickers.

So my readers, I have put both side of views about Pink Chaddi Abhiyaan. What do you think? Please hit the comments for I wait to hear from you.

Most Important: Please vote for Manushi Mathur who blogs at “With L♥ve, Me”. Her design has been selected in the “I ❤ Blogging” design award contest. This is how her design looks:

Please cast your vote here.

Update: Muthalik’s response to Pink Chaddi Abhiyaan, he will send a sari as return gift. Here’s a piece about how Muthalik, who was unknown so far,  is using all this publicity for his politicl re-launch.

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33 Responses to “Blog Action 2”

  1. 1 Gargi Dixit February 10, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    Trust me, it won’t help anybody

    Why it won’t help?

    Because the goons from saffron or islamist groups (both opposes V-Day) doesn’t care for V-Day nor they care for culture. What they care for is raising some issue to create a political platform.

    Even feminists start acting rouge many a times for the same cause, they are no better.

  2. 2 Gargi Dixit February 10, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    Ohh, please let me take the discussion a little more forward.

    You said, Its no good of having laws and Constitution if we do not implement them.

    I answered–
    I don’t think I will agree on it.

    Constitution supports what happened with SRK. Constitution even supports punishment for Saba, as by sporting the tattoo she hurt sentiments of Islamic sect.

    According to Indian constitution, naming someone’s caste can be considered derogatory and is punishable, and barbers, in india are considered a caste. Things are not as easy as you are guessing they are.
    Constitution says no one can do anything which hurts some sects sentiments.

    We need to purge constitution to better things, Indian constitution is root of almost all illness of Indian society.

    Now. let me add furthermore.
    Indian Constitution is not something I can really respect, it is full of contradictions and hypocrisies, inequalities and injustice. it is something socialist and based on emotions rather than reason.

    Either we need to revamp and re-constitute the constitution based on Reason and Individual Liberty, otherwise, we can simply throw it down the lane of past and make a new set of amendable constitution refreshed.

    Otherwise, the ills going on here and there are already nothing but processing of constitution.

  3. 3 portmanteau February 10, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    Poonam, thanks for your comment at our blog. I have clarified my support for Pink Chaddi. I used the word ‘hilarious’ as a compliment. I think it’s a humorous way to make a very astute point.

    Also: I don’t think the constitution if interpreted in a court would support renaming a of ‘Billo Barber’ or condone the assault on Saba. Unfortunately, people threaten to use frivolous lawsuits to settle scores or get publicity, but in general, the Indian Constitution is sanely written.

  4. 4 Reema February 10, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    I kind of agree with Usha’s suggestions.

  5. 5 Vikas Gupta February 10, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    When I was on the Pink Chaddi blog two days ago it had only 24 followers; when I had commented on the site it had some 35 comments only. It’s published in TOI and HT today and the followers are 280 as on this moment and the comments are more than 300 on the primary post!

    They removed the RSS header they were using! Somebody had suggested this in the comments.
    There are unsavoury comments too! The fundamentalists are into commenting and writing!;)

    The chaddi logo has VALENTINES DAY and not VALENTINE’S DAY! I pointed it out to them but probably they can’t change it now. Isn’t Valentines day incorrect Poonam?!

  6. 6 Smita February 10, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    To be honest I have no opnion on this.

    I don’t think this is gonna help and I have no reasons per se to defend my stand. 😐

  7. 8 Nikhil February 10, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Yeah, I’ve already pledged the smelliest pair of underwear I own! 😀
    They’re not pink, though… Hehehe!! 😀

  8. 9 Biju Mathews February 10, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    I think this is a very good initiative to mark our protests. Let’s not be demotivated by a few people who don’t want to participate. Keep collecting them girls!

  9. 10 Dev February 10, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    No, I didnt hear of this Pink Chaddi stuff till I read on your blog. 🙂
    Well, this initiative sounds appropriate but I just wonder if all those undies will really reach the chief of Ram Sena eventually.

  10. 11 Arpit February 10, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    oh i just read about this today in newspaper….
    my thumbs up to pink chhadi abhiyan…
    chief of ram sena is going to have a difficult time 😛
    i couldnt needs an account on facebook and i dont have one

  11. 12 Oxy February 10, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    Yes, we all here got to know of it. Well, like any other argument, it too has both sides;for and against of sending Chaddis. Flocking pubs/Sending Chaddis.. these things take the matter just to an extent.. It can’t cure.

    And as some one said above, Constitution was Sanely written??? Whoa!!! that’s some optimism. I don’t wish to get into argument here. All I am saying is these things need to be dealt in much more sane way.

  12. 13 vimal February 11, 2009 at 2:02 am

    Though I knew about this last week, I kept procastinating to send the ‘chaddi’. Damn! I missed the deadline now!

    But why chaddi of all the things ??? 😀

  13. 14 Vikas Gupta February 11, 2009 at 7:41 am

    Vimal ,

    Chaddi has great social significance; it has high symbolic value. It has done what collective outcries of all liberal Indians failed to do!

    I recall this quote: “you never succeed at anything unless you have fun doing it!” Someone also left a comment on that blog. He/She says how Charlie Chaplin had suggested that the best way to bring down a despot is to make fun of him!

    The TOI, HT and all other media agencies who are going gaga over the campaign would not have taken it so seriously if there were no Chaddi in it! You bet!

    One NDTV reporter is dying for an interview on this and has left his phone no. there! I was even thinking of having some fun by calling him and inviting him to my place and give him a fake interview thinking it would be a great way to make fun of NDTV and Barkha!;)

    Read the comments on that site; it is the barometer of public opinion on this issue now!

  14. 15 Chirag February 11, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    Ha ha ha I like this protest 🙂 Muthalik, never will be same.

  15. 16 oorja February 11, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    chaddi is the right piece of clothing coz it will attract more eyes than a ribbon.. and this way the campaign gets more publicity..
    use the politician’s weapon against them they r doing this for publicity only.. and this will give them all the negative one they deserve.

    i agree sending a few hundred or thousand chaddis might not make a major difference but it is still worth doing coz it shows us if we still have the spirit our forefathers had during English reign. to fight together.. it has brought hundres of indians together.. so there is no harm in doing it…

    i wish i could see Mr. M’s face go ‘PINK’ with shame & anger when the truck load actually reaches him….

  16. 17 dr agarwal February 11, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    i guess taking an initiative itself shows tht youths r no longer dumb nd ready to b taken for a ride…this abhiyaan has definitely reachd as desired…hope they get to learn something frm the unity and intellectual thinking of people…..these politicians r sick!

  17. 18 Prakash Waghamode February 11, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    Shame On You girl who created this blog,
    If you think , there is any unjustice happened in the past, , Its so bcz you mannerless girls and boys dont know thoroughly what is INDIA… first learn
    I strongly condemn the way incident happened in Banglore..But Its half part of it .. initiative started by you girls and boys…
    its because of the India need “Zanshi Ki Rani” kind girls
    not those who easily aquire the foreign culture… and fighting for that…

    look at Kalpana Chawla, Look at Sunita Williams ..
    they are real star of India bcz, They always Think like Indian..
    and Lived Like Indian.. although they are America…
    i would say You peoples do not waist your Time in Pub’s and all that thing, rather spent it in Nation building…
    we have to creat an environment which is totally Indian…. “HUM HINDUSTANI TABHI BAN SAKATE HAI

    I hope u people will understand my feelings..

    Look at you, loser, you have no iota of idea who is Indian. Both Kalpana and Sunita are American citizens. And a ignorant fool like you has not right or ability to define what is my culture or anyoneelse’s for that matter. You are know one to decide what are ‘manners’ and Indian ‘living style.’ Etiquette is the last thing that reflects from what you ahve written there. Its easy for me to delete comments from morons like you. However, I thought it would be interesting to display to world that spineless guys like you who exist and provide fodder for holigans like Muthaliks to live in name of ‘culture’. Instead of advising us to not to waste our money in pubs, why dont you yourself make some efforts for nation??

  18. 19 iwan February 11, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    hey galz shame upon u.. y u r forgeting tht u r indian. u r a bit cultral. how can u even think to send ur pink panties or watever.
    well i knw it waz shame ful watever happened in maglor. but this is not a way to fight against tht.
    u r indian women don’t forget u could be a follower of RANI LAXMI BAI.just learn frm her if u really wanna fight against them then do sumthing special don’t do these cheap axn.
    jst show ur women power not by sending panties.
    ok try to be gental n stop this not for dem for ur respect.

    look at you, iwan, you do not even have courage to write your opinion in your name. This is a free country where everyone has freedom of expression. Some holigans have beat up women, all you spineless guys can do is calling the girls, who have courageous taken it to them to lawfully protest, to ‘shame’. I guess your gestures and immature thoughts bring shame to you. Men like you are object of shame and disgust to women who have borne you or brought you up.

  19. 20 Ashok Soni February 11, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    I love these kind of campaigns always, actually this is the only one we can say we have something to be cheer about.. and we can actually do.. people today are still love to die for their pride but they know of course including me that it’s not worthless, coz world has learned to forget thing pretty quickly… we can surely give them a hard time to the people against we do these kind of campaigns just for the shorter period, coz soon it’s all over, but still I love this.. I am sorry as I am a bit late to read these news that we can really send these pink chaddis to him or to the collection center, else there would be surely one from my side too… anyways, I will still try to do it later on sometime.. ..

    I am really happy abt this protest and I would love to see these coming more and more, and would love to be a part of these campaigns in future..

    Thank you, Ashok. We need more people like you. Its not that we expect any such campaign to do wonders. Perhaps a symbolic gesture like this will be beyond comprehension to these uneducated hooligans. But yet, it is an initiative and I would not pull it down. It has my support for what its worth it. I am glad to know there are men like you who support these.

  20. 21 Dr prashant February 11, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    females drinking at pubs are very vulnerable rape and molestation compared to their male im completely against it.not against drinkin but drinking at pubs.coz police is so helpless here.but the way sene reactd this too was inhuman must be cretisised.

    Dr. Prashant, I understand that you are trying to be just. However, I disagree. To drink or not is a woman’s choice. Because criminals prowl over and we are iffectual to catch them, we should not restrict or modify victim’s behavior. Victim being women. Instead of working on our law enforcement, we will rather restrict her movements and indulge in moral policiing. That is just not fair. Not acceptable.

  21. 22 Anshul February 11, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    Yes, shame on you, shame shame. 😀 . How come all these people are making the same spelling mistakes. Shame on these people. :mrgreen:

    What the fuck is “cretisised” etc., at least install a dictionary plugin guys.

    Shame on me too. Commenting after getting drunk. :p

  22. 23 Poonam Sharma February 12, 2009 at 10:51 am

    @Gragi: Point os not how much it will help. ITs symbolic protest. Point is how much action we are willing to take.

    As for arguments you put forward, Constitutaion doesnt say take law into your hands. And what is offesive to community argument is debatable. We need law enforcement. Exnfore laws and judiciary, rather than allowing people to step on another’s toes. Rehauling COnstitution is not a solution in any case.

    @portmanteau: Thanks for clarifying! 🙂 I will be there for protest.

    @Reema: Yes, they do make sense. However, my take is that if someone is taking some action, I will support them andnot put them down. THere is power in numbers.

    @Vikas: Publicity does it. There are unsavoury comments on this post as well. Check them out. 🙂

    @Smita: I understand what you emna it wont help. Its symbolic, the meaning may be lost on these uneducated hooligans. Yet its a gesture, will support it.

    @Vikas: I haven’t watched the video yet, but will soon. What is it about? (firewall regulations)

    @Nikhil: Dye it pink before you send it. 😛

    @Biju : THnaks we need more men like you. How many did ya send? 😛

    @Dev: The girls who are aort of it have taken it on themselves tos end. They will, which is why collection stops a few days before 14 Feb.

    @Arpit: Koi baat nahi, for now, your mute support will do. 🙂

    @Oxy: I agree, this abhiyaan is gesture and will certainly not cure anything. See my update links, hooligans are nonplussed.
    And yeah, rehauling Constitution is not an option. Me too, didnt want to get into an argument for sake of it.

    @Vimal: Chadis are symbolic. Meant to shock culturally to men who are actually culture vultures. These are strongest thinsg girls could ahve thought of. Did you see that link about BUrmese protest in this post?

    @Vikas: Thanks for your explanatory comments. 🙂

    @Chirag: Muthalik is thick-skinned, he is non-plussed. See the links I added in update. 🙂

    @oorja: Bingo!

    i agree sending a few hundred or thousand chaddis might not make a major difference but it is still worth doing coz it shows us if we still have the spirit our forefathers had during English reign. to fight together.. it has brought hundres of indians together.. so there is no harm in doing it…

    I agree completely.

    @Dr agrawal: THanks for your support, we need more men like you who can vocally condemn hooligans as Muthaliks.

  23. 24 Vikas Gupta February 12, 2009 at 10:55 am

    @Poonam’s replies,,

    The video is Muthalik vis-a-vis pink chaddis! Small video will easily load!

    I am aware of the unsavoury comments here; I even thought of replying here but…

  24. 25 seema February 12, 2009 at 10:56 am

    Great going…we are with you!! Excellent idea to send these god forsaken moral police pink panties. How about sending pink bras to some of the other moral police in Mumbai too?

    Your enthusiasm is commendable. Hop over pink panties blog to suggest. 🙂

  25. 26 Solilo February 12, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    Poonam, Who are these trolls? IP match?

    No wonder hooligans like Muthalik still continue with their antics. They have support in these trolls.

    How do these people know what Ms. Chawla and Williams did in their private life? Both married American guys and they party, drink and have/had all the fun.

    What they do in professional life has no connection with their private life. All of us who have joined in the campaign are highly accomplished individuals but we do have our private life too which is nobody’s business.

    I wasn’t much supportive of Pink campaign but it is people like these trolls who actually made me believe in this peace protest. Why should women hide their panties when men can’t hide their Khaki knickers?

  26. 27 Anita February 12, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    I absolutely love this ‘pink chaddi’ campaign. Our spineless politicians (other than Renuka Chaudhary) have proved themselves useless in reigning Muthalik. How can the SRS decide on moral values? Moral policing is the duty of parents, leave it to us. We live in a democratic country and its essential to nip this worm called Muthalik in the bud.

  27. 28 Xylene February 12, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    There are many people who try to blame the campaigners that they should be ‘shameful’ of what they are doing.

    I guess its just a peaceful way of protesting. And the youth is setting examples to those leaders on how peacefully we can protest (they dont seem to learn, they create ruckus at assemblies, throw things at the governor)

    They need to grow down !

  28. 29 Indyeah February 12, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    Hi Poonam!To hell with the trolls and kudos to you for writing what you think!keep going!:)

  29. 30 Amit February 13, 2009 at 2:13 am

    This is the best thing that could have happened after what the animals did. Atleast there would be some shame now.

  30. 31 Chirag February 13, 2009 at 10:42 am

    Ddue pura blogosphere pink ho gaya hai 🙂 Ab atleast Muthalik will hear he is wrong 🙂 Happy about that.

  31. 32 thepilatesbiz February 8, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    Our true struggle is a battle between the mammilian mind vs the reptilian mind within all of us.Georgios of Plano

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