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A Salute to Activists (Satyameva Jayate episode on road accidents, incident of errant cop suing young biker)

Satyameva Jayate

In remembrance of Mahatma Gandhi in his birth month, this blog post highlights the social awareness and activism that continues through to today. The seeds of change that were planted years ago continue to grow and bear fruit. And, we hope, always will!

Just as the father of the nation strove for a better future for our country, we have several individuals today who strive to bring about positive change in the world.

There are television shows like Satyameva Jayate (hosted by the amazing actor-activist Aamir Khan) that aims to spread awareness, wake the social conscience and spur people into positive action. Each eye-opening episode of Satyameva Jayate is followed by a call-to-action, allowing citizens to give to a social cause and be proactively involved in change.

A recent episode, for instance, dealt with road accidents – why they occur with such alarming frequency in India, what our government is accountable for with regard to road safety, and what citizens can do to help ensure their own safety.

Episodes of the show are archived on the Satyameva Jayate website and can be accessed at any time. There are some informative videos in addition to these, including one that demonstrates the procedure for CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), something that can come in handy should you ever witness a road accident and be in a position to help. Check it out! 

There were some handy tips shared, so in support of road safety for all, we are reproducing them here. Let’s all follow these simple, fundamental rules of road safety:

–          Don’t speed

–          Follow traffic signals

–          Don’t take extra passengers onto your bike

–          Wear your helmet – as the rider or passenger

–          Don’t drink and drive

–          Wear your seatbelt – as driver or passenger

–          Don’t use your mobile phone while driving

–          If you see someone injured, help them

Aamir Khan is using his fame to do good, to bring awareness and positive change. Kudos to his noble efforts! Another individual we salute is good Samaritan Arjun Ghai, an NRI who decided to do something when he came across a camera-phone video of a traffic policeman misusing his authority while confronting a young bike-rider. The incident occurred on September 15th, 2014 in Mumbai’s Vasai area. To sum it up, a young biker was flagged down by the errant cop for allegedly breaking traffic rules. On the young man’s refusal to pay the cop, the dialogue began to get heated, with the cop beginning to lose his temper with the young man. At this point, a bystander, Ramsagar Mishra, begins to record the incident on his camera phone. More information can be had at www.mumbaiheadlines.in, including a radio interview detailing the entire incident.

Arjun Ghai was so disturbed by what he saw, heard and read, that being a passive bystander was out of the question for him. He contacted Ketto with the aim of starting a campaign to raise funds for legal fees for the young biker as well as Ramsagar Mishra, both of whom are facing legal action.

Since Ketto can only help raise funds for NGOs, running a campaign to raise funds for an individual was not a possibility. However, Ketto is about helping individuals be the change. So we are happy to shed light on the incident in question via this blog post.

If you would like to help raise funds for this quest for justice and help the young biker and Ramsagar, who was brave enough to involve himself in the ruckus, Arjun requests you to call Ramsagar directly on +91982029552. You can also contact Arjun Ghai at arjunghai333@gmail.com.

There you have it. Though there are faults and fissures in our country and corruption festering in our legal system, there are enough socially-responsible citizens like Aamir Khan, Ramsagar Mishra and Arjun Ghai who are willing to fight it. We are, after all, a nation that was borne from a struggle for independence; a heartening fact in the month of Gandhi Jayanti.

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi

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The Joy of Celebrating Gandhi Jayanti (Daan Utsav, CORP campaign ‘Food Box For Granny’, Swachh Bharat movement)

Swachh Bharat movement with Narendra Modi

How do you celebrate the birth anniversary of a leader who helped get India its independence? By paying it forward, of course! This is exactly what the people of our country did this October 2nd in honour of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary.

For starters, Gandhi Jayanti marked the beginning of the annual festival Daan Utsav, a week-long celebration of the spirit of giving. Previously known as the Joy of Giving Week, the festival is all about the happy-cheery feeling of giving, gratitude and feeling oh-so-good all around. There’s nothing that feels better than coming together to help do good and spread happiness! The success of Daan Utsav has shown without a shadow of doubt that there are thousands out there who want to help make our world a better place.

Team Ketto saw some awesome campaigns kicking off on Gandhi Jayanti in celebration of Daan Utsav. One of these is CORP (Community Outreach Programme)’s Food Box for Granny campaign. It runs till the end of October and is aiming to provide a whole lot of Tender Loving Care to 120 elderly women, along with yummy, hot meals.

Another feel-good event that kicked-off on October 2nd and is sure to make you feel warm and fuzzy is the Swachh Bharat programme. This is a nationwide initiative to clean up the streets of India, spearheaded by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The PM inaugurated the cleanliness drive at Rajghat, New Delhi, by sweeping up a street himself. He then ‘challenged’ a bunch of personalities like Sachin Tendulkar and Anil Ambani to join the movement and take it forward.

Similar to the ice-bucket challenge in some ways, this challenge involves one major difference – the ice-bucket challenge became more of an exhibitionist indulgence where the actual cause of raising awareness for a disease was often diluted. The Swachh Bharat challenge, on the other hand, is doing just what it should and is spreading awareness and cleaning up our streets!

For instance, Sachin Tendulkar replaced his cricket bat with a broom and marched to the street opposite the Bandra Reclamation Bus Depot in Mumbai with a team of his friends, to begin sweeping up the trash strewn about. He took a video of his effort and posted it on his Facebook account. Here is an excerpt of what he wrote about it:

“The footpath on the road opposite the Bandra Reclamation Bus Depot was not being used by pedestrians as it was dumped with litter and garbage and covered with wild growth. In fact, the footpath was being misused as a place to answer nature’s call!!”

“With a team of friends who volunteered with me, we started early in the morning to ensure minimal disruption to public and motorists.”

The PM also challenged several others to spread the ‘Swachh Bharat Hi Sach Bharat Hai’ word. Actor-activist Aamir Khan hopes to be part of this movement too.  With such socially-conscious do-gooders lending a hand, the Swachh Bharat movement is sure to gather speed and clear up our littered streets!

It’s heartwarming that Gandhi Jayanti has become a reason to usher in new initiatives to change our world for the better. Happy birthday to our nation’s forefather. And a Ketto salute too!

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