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Unjust Humanity
Virag
What are you doing this International Men's Day? 12 November, 2015
As we enter into celebrating the 16th International Men's Day globally and 8th in India, it baffles us to see the still largely prevalent ignorance about 19 November being International Men's Day – a day to reckon manhood.

International Men's Day (IMD) was started by Dr. Jerome Teelucksingh in 1999 in Trinidad and Tobago in order to celebrate being a man and celebrate the men in your life. And even though, as of today, IMD gets celebrated in as many as 60 countries, yet we are to see the mainstream media and Governments promoting it.

On the contrary, mainstream media often questions the celebration of IMD saying, "Every day is a man's day, why we need a special day for men". Even if for a while, we agree that every day may be a man's day, still what is the harm in dedicating at least one day for men and celebrating manhood?

Such a behavior clearly tells us that there is hatred against men. Deep, silent, and unwritten hatred against men exists which is unanimous and omnipresent and can be seen in every single gesture towards men.

Coming back to this phrase – "Every day is a man's day".

How exactly, is every day a man's day when,

1.    Every day thousands of men get arrested in false cases and their human rights are trampled under the perception it's a male dominated world.

2.    Every year double the numbers of married men commit suicide compared to married women and we don't even bat an eyelid, rather keep on making one after another anti-male law saying it's a male dominated world.

3.    Men are routinely discriminated in every sphere with women getting reservations based on gender under the principle of affirmative action.

4.    No special education schemes for boy child while scores available for girl child.

5.    Domestic violence and rape against men is legal.

6.    Men are still not freed from the traditional role of protector and provider, rather in the name of progress, modernity and gender equality, these roles are reinforced and men are stretched between the traditional and the so-called modern world.

7.    Men are forced to maintain the lifestyle of their ex-wives.

8.    It is a cakewalk for any woman to abuse a man on the streets after calling him a rapist, molester, stalker, and what not over any disagreement and be called bold and empowered.

9.    Homeless men are considered agents of misogynistic male dominated patriarchy.

10.  A man's worth is measured from the testimonials women in his life give about him.

11.  It's a duty for a man to protect his family and country risking his life and a war if he tries to protect himself.

12.  He is told from childhood, that his pains and issues do not matter and he is systematically trained to feel glorified in his own pain.

13.  Only sons have the responsibility to take care of parents while daughters do not have.

14.  We have schemes like "Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (Save the daughter, educate the daughter)" but nothing for the beta (the son).

15.  Jailing of innocent men and their hard earned wealth being snatched away as alimony and maintenance is considered as a factor of social progress.

These and many other social discriminations against men routinely remind us that it is not at all a man's day every day and this is the very reason why we should have a men's day – a day specially dedicated to men for the all the wonderful contributions they make towards the society and for all the sacrifices they make for their near and dear ones with a smile on their face.

Recently, newly elected Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau – a self proclaimed feminist – made news for making 50% of his cabinet posts to be held by women. So, it would be interesting to see if Canada officially celebrates International Men's Day (since women's day is celebrated) otherwise Justin's measures of gender equality are just eyewash and they are intended more towards giving unequal opportunities to women over men.

So, here's the proposal to Justin. Since you have claimed to be a proponent of gender equality, this men's day – Make a difference for men by having your Govt. celebrate International Men's Day.

And for the rest of the society – Make a difference for men this year by celebrating International Men's Day on November 19.

If you are a man, celebrate being a man. Wish other men.

If you are a woman, celebrate the men in your life. Do something special for them. Make them feel special.

Save Indian Family Foundation, an NGO raising awareness in the society for men's issues, is organizing a bike rally on November 19, 2015, Thursday in Bangalore starting from Ecospace Tech Park, Bellandur towards ITPL via Marathalli, KR Puram, Hoodi Circle from 12 Noon onwards. All those who wish to participate in the bike rally can reach near Ecospace Main gate by 12 on 19th November.

So, we are making a difference for men this year, are you?

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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.
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