The Chaos Within… Returns.

The last time I contributed to a blog was in 2007. I was working on a care and support programme for a small grassroots NGO in Pune, India and we were also in the midst of a wider campaign in the city – Wake Up Pune. A different time, a very different blog, replete with the frustrations of working on the ground within resource limited settings. I had to stop writing. I was too close. Things were too raw. Too many expletives were the result…

There was chaos then, and there is still an inherent chaos now to what we are trying to achieve as a group with the Candlelight Memorial Event Series. It is not going to be easy.. people are wonderful, vibrant, creative, focused and committed. But we are still people. We belong to organizations with particular agendas. This is our reality. A reality we must accept if we are to move forward, “together”. And in accepting what is real, we will find that regardless of intent and purpose, when people meet people, things happen! Good, bad, ugly, wonderful, sad, painful, frustrating, joyous things. The gamut of what people experience.

The measure of this coalition will be in the manner we collide. Sexual and reproductive health will come off the pages of documents and proposals and collide with people across this island… What will be our message to the young and not so young of our nation? A nation that is healing. A nation full of hope and despair.

We need to be clear. We need to be sensitive. We need to be unwavering.

We need to remember that the power of a coalition is in a unified, collective voice BUT also in the diversity… in the absence of what is different, we will struggle to connect with a country that is different. With values and opinions that differ on either side of the river…

The journey ahead is exciting, and pregnant with promise… it is time to deliver. It is time to move beyond the meetings and planning and drinking of tea…

It’s our time. Let’s not let it pass.

– HB

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5 Responses to “The Chaos Within… Returns.”


  1. 1 nooranie June 16, 2009 at 13:49

    Superb macho. I loved the way you have worded the whole article. 🙂

  2. 2 Milinda June 16, 2009 at 14:24

    That is the reality, that is why we have to unit and work for a collective respond.
    Chalo 🙂

  3. 3 Himakshi June 16, 2009 at 19:34

    Great things come out of chaos!

    People find their strength as a collective in times of chaos. The seeds of a mass movement are often buried within this very chaos.

    P.S – Looking forward to connecting Pune and Colombo youth movements over the coming months!

    P.P.S – Glad to see you’re blogging again! Welcome back 😀

  4. 5 meetu June 18, 2009 at 10:41

    welcome back, H! Will get back to gearing up what you have to read. It always hits a chord deep within to make room for new chaos.


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