Rasmancha - Terracotta Temple, West Bengal
The Rasmancha is a historical building located at Bishnupur, Bankura district, West Bengal, India. It was commissioned by Mallabhum king Hambir Malla Dev (Bir Hambir) in 1600 CE.
(via Flickr: mukhopadhyay rajeshwar)
“I’ve always believed that the real measure of celebrity success was not just how famous he becomes but what he does with that fame and fortune. Especially in today’s technological and media advanced society, the attention and fortune showered on an individual celebrity is often times immensely disproportionate to his or her achievements.
Today a person can literally become a celebrity over night throughout the entire world, and that kind of attention can be difficult for an individual to handle. But I have also learned that such fame can also be an enormous effective medium to focus attention and mobilize resources for a worthy cause. I have been blessed with so much and have an opportunity to do what few other can. But I believe it is more than just an opportunity, but a duty. I feel to reap and enjoy the fruits of my talents for myself would be selfish, irresponsible and unconscionable. In these days of such abundance and advancement-and what we can do- it pains me to think that we do so little for our children.
In some ways I feel undeserving to receive an award for something that is my duty. I accept this award as a gesture of encouraging, from the people of India and the commission, to do more for manking. I love you very much.” -Michael Jackson
Dressed up in elaborate, feminine outfits and artfully applied makeup, they are showered with money while dancing at all-male wedding parties. But the lives of transgender people in Pakistan are also marked by harassment, rejection and poverty.
Transgender people live in a tenuous position in conservative Pakistan, where the roles of the sexes are traditionally starkly drawn. Families often push them out of the home when they’re young, forcing many to prostitute themselves to earn a living.
One role where they are tolerated is as dancers at weddings and other celebrations at which men and women are strictly segregated. In between the dancing and showers of rupee notes, they must fend off groping from drunken guests.
“I don’t understand why people feel it is their duty to tease and taunt us,” said one transgender Pakistani who goes by the name Symbal. Many in the transgender community pick a name for themselves and do not use their last name to protect their family.
Others beg on the streets or earn money by blessing newborn babies. The blessings reflect a widespread belief in Pakistan and other South Asian nations that God answers the prayers of someone who was born underprivileged, said Iqbal Hussain, a Pakistani researcher who has studied the transgender community. But he cautioned that didn’t mean people were ready to give them equal rights.
In recent years the community has gained some government protection. A Supreme Court ruling in 2011 allowed them to get national identity cards recognizing them as a separate identity — neither male or female — and allowing them to vote. In neighboring India, the election commission ruled in 2009 that transgender people could register to vote as “other,” rather than male or female.
In other parts of the region and Muslim world, the attitude toward transgenders is also complex. In Thailand, the community is very visible and broadly tolerated. Transgender people are regularly seen on TV soap operas, working at department store cosmetics counters or popular restaurants and walking the runways in numerous transgender beauty pageants.
Many transgender Indonesians publicly wear women’s clothes and makeup and work as singers. But societal disdain still runs deep. They have taken a much lower profile in recent years, following a series of attacks by Muslim hard-liners.
In Malaysia, Muslim men who wear women’s clothes can be prosecuted in Islamic courts.
In the Arab world, there is little opportunity for transgender people to openly show their identity in public. In 2007, Kuwait made “imitating members of the opposite sex” a crime, leading to the arrest of hundreds of transgender women, Human Rights Watch said. In Iraq, extremists have targeted and killed people perceived of being gay or effeminate. By Anjum Naveed
Sikhs gathered outside the High Commission of India,India House in
Central London to protest on the 15th of August 2015.The protest was
held in support of Bapu Surat Singh Ji Khalsa who has been on hunger
strike for over 200 days to release Sikh Political Prisoners jailed in
Hindutva India who have completed their sentences.The demonstration was
also to mark the 15th of August known as a black day for Sikhs,for this
was the day Sikhs became enslaved under Hindutva India after
Panjab the Sikh homeland was split in to two during the partition of
British India in to Pakistan & India.Protesting against the Sikh
Genocide & contiuned human rights abuses against Sikhs in Hindutva
India Sikhs raised slogans of Panjab banega Khalistan,Khalistan
Zindabad,India out of Khalistan & Bapu Surat Singh teri soch teh
pehra dyageh tokh keh.As well as Sikhs a large number of Kashmiri
activists demonstrated in the joint demonstration for the freedom of
Kashmir & various leaders such as Lord Nazir Ahmed spoke about how
Hindutva India continues to oppress Kashmiris,Sikhs & other
minorities within Hindutva India.
This dahlia is a tattoo design for the lovely pheriphey, to whom I offer my most sincere apologies for the delay in posting this. 2014 wasn’t the most art-oriented year for me, but I’m grateful for all the fun things I did get to do and will be posting them soon!
un-timed // microns and india ink on cotton card stock // 6" diameter