Have you ever heard of a men's rights conference in your city? Have you ever heard about leaders of the men's rights movement conglomerating in your city to discuss the problems faced by men and to devise action plan to have them addressed via the civil society and the Govt.?
Well, if you haven’t then it’s time you do, because this year 2013, India
would be witnessing the 5th
Annual Men’s Rights Conference in Nagpur
from 16-18 August 2013. Around 100 leaders of the men’s rights movement representing about 40,000 distressed and victimized men would be meeting up in Nagpur in order to take the men’s rights movement forward.
Men’s Rights Conferences have started in India since 2008 and have been held every year since then in different places like Goa, Shimla, Yercaud, Kolkata
etc. Men’s Rights Conferences are typically held in and around 15th
August every year with a ritual of not having sweets and having sugarless tea/coffee.
The significance of this ritual is a manifestation of the fact that even after 66 years of Indian independence, men are not free.
Men are not free from,
1. The traditional role of a Protector and a Provider.
2. The burden of protecting culture.
3. The burden of protecting children, women and elders.
4. The onslaught of anti-male laws.
5. The social expectations of being responsible for progress.
6. The shackles of manhood and
7. The pricey perception of patriarchy.
Men do not have freedom of choices and choice of freedom. Hence, for men, the Independence Day is meaningless. Until and unless men are freed from the tyranny of manhood, false patriarchy and stereotypical notions of gender, it’s a mere customary practice to observe Independence Day.
Men’s rights activists have vowed not to observe Independence Day till their voices are not heard and concrete actions are not taken by the civil society and the Govt. to end the woes of men, the silent torture of the unsung heroes and their sacrifices aren’t honored. Till the time, the civil society takes men for granted and associates the price of manhood with a man’s respect; Independence Day would just be another day off for men.
Currently, we need academic courses in male and masculinity in universities in order to decipher the silent male world. Masculism is the call of the day. The theme of this upcoming 5th Annual Men’s Rights Conference in Nagpur is, “Masculism is the Future!”
About The Author
Virag R Dhulia, a software professional, has been a prominent men's rights activist. He has been engaged in creating awareness about the abuse of men and their families through anti-male and gender biased laws like Section 498A, Domestic Violence Act etc. He has been instrumental in networking with fellow men's rights activist both across India and abroad and has played key roles in organizing events to create awareness about abuse of men by the society. A book titled, 'The Secrets of Manhood' authored by Virag has been published. This book is a collection of short articles which focus on issues and problems faced by men and how men are victims of social stereotypes.