Voices That Mat­ter

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It’s the age of cam­paigns and protests! More­over, arm­chair ac­tivism, thanks to so­cial me­dia. But there are ex­cep­tions, who still be­lieve in go­ing out there and mak­ing a difference. Like the lit­tle known man Dadarao Bil­hore, who has gone around Mumbai filling more than 500 pot­holes af­ter he lost his 16-year-old son to a pot­hole on the road three years ago. Com­mon­ers like him—with and without a cause—came to­gether with Bol­ly­wood ac­tors and prac­tis­ing lawyers at Ti­tle Waves book­store to launch a so­cial me­dia cam­paign #HerVoiceMat­ters. The brain­child of dis­tin­guished lawyer and so­cial ac­tivist Abha Singh, the cam­paign was kicked off with a sem­i­nar. Giv­ing their voices to this ini­tia­tive were ac­tors Zayed Khan and Parik­shit Sahini. Also present at the event were en­tre­pre­neur Parvez Da­ma­nia, Dr Aneel Kashi Mu­rarka and ac­tors Naazneen Bedi and Nan­dita Puri. Al­though the cam­paign re­volves more around LGBTQ rights and adul­tery laws, Mumbai’s other dif­fi­cul­ties like pot­holes and food-in-cine­mas were also brought for­ward. Zayed ob­served how the city which was de­signed to sup­port 60 to 70 lakh people has to sup­port 2.25 crore souls, thus need­ing a bet­ter so­cial and civic in­fra­struc­ture. On the other hand, Dadarao high­lighted the problem of pot­holes ail­ing Mumbai. He em­pha­sised the im­por­tance of wear­ing a hel­met and said that the onus is on the in­di­vid­u­als to fill pot­holes of their re­spec­tive areas. Zayed promised to lend his full sup­port to Dadarao for this cause. Abha’s son Aditya Pratap also stressed on the need to com­bat cor­rup­tion and for people to take up is­sues them­selves. Af­ter much de­bate and dis­cus­sion, it was time for Abha to take the stage. Very elo­quently, the lady summed up all the is­sues that were dis­cussed and fielded ques­tions from the au­di­ence. Parik­shit Sahni kept the au­di­ence en­gaged with his anec­dotes and shayaaris. For a di­verse crowd com­pris­ing of stu­dents of me­dia and law, jour­nal­ists and com­mon­ers, this event was an eye-opener.

Aditya Pratap, Zayed Khan, Abha Singh and Dadarao Bil­hore

Parik­shit Sahini

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