[AI] re get ready to see things in dark

Asudani, Rajesh rajeshasudani at rbi.org.in
Thu Jan 6 05:33:46 EST 2011


Well Manohar,

Attachments are not allowed in AI, and So, you have to paste the speech.

I believe I have shared the speech a few days ago.



Though it is true that darkness has ulterior associations in the public perception, I believe this event would alleviate such associations rather than elevating them.

I believe in taking the things head on and reversing their symbolism.

Here negative symbolism of darkness has developed because of primary reliance of visual sense to do myriad things.

When people realize that a host of things can be done without that visual sense, ingrained negative associations of darkness would be weakened.

We may take as an illustration relative seclusion of women from public life and their bodies being completely veiled some decades ago.

This was primarily because female body was essentially associated with uncontrolled male eroticism.

Rather than submitting to such associations for centuries, past half century has taken this idea by its horns, so to say, and today, females along with their bodies can be found in every nook and corner.







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hello renuka and all the other members of AI I read the news about the dialogue in the dark. but the name 'dialogue in the dark' is not appropriate. since ages blindness has been associated with darkness and it will strengthen this association. many people believe that blind live in perpetual darkness and cannot tell day from the night.

for many sighted persons darkness also connotes ignorance, evil and feeble mind.

general public and literature some times consider blindness  as outward manifestation of inner defficiency.

so outwardly this project may educate people about blindness but it may also strengthen  already prevalent prejudices and stereotypes about blindness.

some of the members may not agree with me, they have a right to disagree.

to support my argument I am here attaching a speech, Blindness: Is the Public Against Us?

An Address Delivered by Kenneth Jernigan President, National Federation of the Blind At the Banquet of the Annual Convention Chicago, July 3, 1975



with regards

manohar vaswani

assistant professor, department of english,  shivaji university kolhapur.



On 1/6/11, Renuka Warriar <erenuka at gmail.com> wrote:

> Date:06/01/2011 URL:

> http://www.thehindu.com/2011/01/06/stories/2011010665220100.htm Back

>

> Front Page

>

> Get ready to see things in dark

>

> J.S. Ifthekhar

>

> This one-of-its-kind show, first time in India, will commence next

> week at the Inorbit Mall in Madhapur

>

> PHOTO: G. Krishnaswamy.

>

> DARKNESS VISIBLE:Visually-challenged guides ready to take the visitors

> on a tour of Dialogue in the Dark exhibition.

>

> HYDERABAD: Now, there is an exciting new activity in town. It scares

> you stiff even as it lights up the dark recesses of your mind. No, you

> don't come to see it. Rather you experience it. Dialogue in the Dark,

> as it is called, takes one down a dark expanse.

>

> Everyday chores like visiting a park, shopping in the mall and taking

> a boat ride -- one learns to do in total darkness. Howzzat! The

> hour-long programme is an eye-opener in fact.

>

> Thrill-a-minute

>

> Hyderabadis are set to experience this thrill-a-minute show next week

> at the Inorbit Mall in Madhapur. ACE, an acronym for Art, Culture and

> Entertainment, is bringing this one-of-its-kind programme for the

> first time in India.

>

> A chill runs down the spine as one embarks on this spooky journey with

> a white cane in hand to grope the way around. But a

> visually-challenged guide is always at hand to help. The creepy

> feeling is only for a while till you get adjusted to the blackout.

>

> With the eyes out of action, the other sensory organs get active.

> Almost involuntarily, one lumbers around with outstretched arms to

> discover pebbles under the feet and plants along the way. A bird

> chirps yonder and as one sits on the bamboo chair, it is clear as

> daylight that it's the Kasu Brahmananda Reddy Park.

>

> A few turns in the dark brings one bang into the shopping mall. Here,

> leave it to the olfactory and the gustatory senses to tell what is in

> store.

>

> Laad Bazar

>

> As you potter around, you lay hands on the most priceless thing. Yes,

> you guessed right - the onions.

>

> There are other things like spices, watermelon and soaps. Next, you

> saunter into the Laad Bazar. This is clear from the jingling bangles.

>

> Grope for the familiar pan shop, the tyre puncture kiosk and the

> public telephone. As you are through the bangle street, get ready for

> a boat ride in the dark waters of Hussainsagar. It's quite an

> experience.

>

> The journey winds up with the Taste of Darkness.

>

> Here, you are served your favourite snacks. Well, that is the dark

> side of the story. And the bright side is that visitors begin to see

> the sightless not as disabled, but differently-abled persons.

>

> Inclusiveness

>

> "It helps promote inclusiveness and appreciation of diversity," says

> S.V. Krishnan, founding director, ACE.

>

> Also one develops concentration and listening skills.

>

> "You gain self-confidence and try to push your limits," adds Sudha

> Krishnan, chief operating officer, DiD.

>

> This eerie experience comes for a price - Rs. 300 apiece. Dialogue in

> Dark is out of bounds for kids below eight.

>

> So guys, what are you waiting for? Get ready to challenge darkness.

>

> Celebrating Louis Braille's birthday, Jan. 4th.

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With thanks and regards


"I turned to speak to God
              About the world's despair;
              But to make bad matters worse
              I found God wasn't there."

                                --Robert Frost

(Rajesh Asudani)
Assistant General Manager
Reserve Bank of India
Nagpur
Cell: 9420397185
o: +91 712 2806846
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With thanks and regards


"I turned to speak to God
              About the world's despair;
              But to make bad matters worse
              I found God wasn't there."

                                --Robert Frost

(Rajesh Asudani)
Assistant General Manager
Reserve Bank of India
Nagpur
Cell: 9420397185
o: +91 712 2806846
R: 2591349


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