I am a writer. I am a social activist. For a significant part of my life, I wrote against injustices as I saw them prevail right in front of me. I wrote open letters, posted anonymous flyers, signed and organized signature campaigns and painted biting slogans on banners. All of it made sense to me as I stood alongside people, against authorities, as I was placed under detention by the police for staging protests, as I gave interviews thinking I was becoming the revolution itself. When these burning movements, however, failed to make it to the general public and facts were twisted, as tags were stapled to my identity and people whom I stood up for accused me of endangering their security, doubt crept in. It questioned the center of my belief system and I caught myself wondering whether it was wrong to rebel.
Revolutions are happening in various corners of the world, every day. News of these movements, however, are being neglected because of a media culture that entertains paid news. I realize that there are important conversations we are not having right now. For someone like me who had thought of myself as a change maker all my life, it doesn’t make sense to write for a media that turns a blind eye to the burning social issues plaguing our world. My organization, “Elephant in the Room” is an attempt to end this culture of silence adopted my media and the society at large on lives and social deaths that matter.
Founder of Elephant in the Room, India