Nijeder Mote, Nieder Gaan: Artists collaborate to erase the imprint of hate, to show that solidarity is not merely part of a rhetoric, and to give generously so that we may all sing this song of love.
Inspired by Gandhi and E.F.Schumacher and Driven by Love, Consumer Circle, Mumbai is a small initiative to gather together and reimagine our villages so that they become self-sufficient and progressive economic centres that people are happy to live in.
Ambedkar was the chief architect of the Indian Constitution and he was a social reformer who advocated equality. He came from the much-discriminated untouchable community and he wrote Waiting for a Visa, a short book to highlight the reality of their situation for international readers. When he returned after five years of study at Columbia University, New York (USA), and London School of Economics, London (England), the oppression of casteism had been erased from his mind, only to be vividly revived by the people with whom he shared water, land, air, and cultural roots.
'Perfect as is', is a story about a gender-neutral mango that receives much attention till it grows ripe. Realising then that its personal image of a beautiful self was only perception, built on the way the world saw it, till it no longer did.
Natural wisdom may topple self-serving economic ideologies, while benefiting the wider collective. Would a simple act of good sense then become a seditious act of anti-government sentiment?
What is the true cost of our purchases? Aren't we paying with contentment, free will, and the privilege to exist as natural beings. Created by nature, converted by thoughtless consumption. Let's restore our agency.
When I look out the window and I see bright city lights, my heart hurts for under these very lights is the shadow of ignorance. Let's pledge to change one thing in our personal consumption cycle and walk out of the shadow into a starlit night.
Reframing our consumer narrative: We have climate emergency on one end and our varied spectrum of changing realities at the other, both can’t be ignored. However, one is irreversible after a point and the other is transient yet influential. To move ahead, we need to link the two. With what? Life.
Love, again is love from another perspective.
Three short verses, three verbs, one wish of wellbeing for all. The calendar year will change soon. 2020 will be gone, 2021 will be beginning. Can we begin anew, too? I have shared the verses or versions of on the instagram page of the environmental collaborative that a friend and I are trying to build: @wecareco.lab