Sahil Sehgal

Sharing is Caring

7th November 2015 –

‘Sharing is caring’ is an overused saying and some say it may even be overrated. However, only those people who truly share with others know the true essence of this phrase. Parting and giving away things which you no longer require or you may think it of being put to better use by someone else gives you more joy and satisfaction than keeping that thing with yourself, no matter how dear it maybe. Such a noble act was showcased by the Kidzee School in Panchkula, who under the guidance and leadership of the centre head of Kidzee, Panchkula Mrs RituChaudhary and in collaboration with the team of I Am Still Human, organised  a day with the underprivileged children of the area on the day of Diwali that was 7th November 2015. The students, teachers and principal of the school spent the entire day with the children and distributed sweets and all the other useable items that could come in handy to those children. This self-righteous effort and noble deed brought a smile across the faces of several children.  This was truly a laudable act on behalf of the management and students of Kidzee School, Panchkula and the team of I Am Still Human.

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Candle March Against Animal Cruelty in Kerala

26th July 2015 – Human beings often think that they can get away with many things, and especially atrocities against those things or creatures that do not have a voice of their own to be heard. Something very strikingly similar occurred in Kerala, when about 40 dogs in the district of Kannur were poisoned and dumped and were left to rot and be infested by flies and insects. Such an outrageous act of animal cruelty sent shock waves around the country and a suit was filed under Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960. All animal and especially dog lovers around the country sought to roads and rallies to express their vehement chagrin and disgust against such an incident that took place in a literate and developed state like Kerala. The team of I Am Still Human played a major role in bringing about awareness regarding this incident and garnering the support of masses in the tricity regarding atrocities against animals by organising a candle march in Sukhana Lake, on 26th July 2015 around six in the evening, one day after this incident took place in the state of Kerala. IASH was very delighted with the response they received at the candle march as many people turned up and stood in solidarity in support of a noble cause, standing up for those beings who sit down for us.

Picture Courtesy - Shiv Aroor

Picture Courtesy – Shiv Aroor

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Moradabad Giveaway

  1. 14 November 2015 – Small acts of kindness often turn into big smiles of happiness. It is rightly believed that one person independently cannot help everyone, but every single one can come together and contribute to help at least someone. Such generous and altruistic gestures have been shown on more than one occasion by I Am Still Human when our Moradabad team, under the leadership of AbhishekGangwar and G S Sports Company distributed and gave away clothes to the poor and needy at the Moradabad railway station. These efforts were lauded and recognised by the media also, giving a boost to the team of I Am Still Human to strive for further charity and public-spiritedness.
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IASH Becomes NGO Partner for Build Your Bot

I Am Still Human will be collaborating with Robochamps as the NGO Partner for their record breaking robot making event. 20000 children will share a stage and create history in robotics by creating their own line following robot. This is a step that takes the people closer to the Make in India initiative. Schools from around the country will be approached and their students will be given training for making these robots. Given the ingenuity of the project we expect a good turn out. This initiative will help in bringing out the creative minds and will help develop interest in science amongst children in their initial stage of life in making robots. Thus helping the country prosper and help in managing the problem of brain drain. We hope that this will help the educators understand the need to shift the pattern of education from theory to practical.

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Blood Donation Camp by IASH

Every year, millions of people die at the hand of major blood crisis in hospitals. All of us know that accidents and mishap do not give a prior notice when they strike, and there aren’t many ways one can be prepared for them. They happen in a moment and it is catastrophic. Several people have lost their lives because there is an acute shortage of blood in not just India but around the world. With the aim of addressing this need, the team of I Am Still Human arranged a Blood Donation camp on 4th of December 2016. We were delighted by the response we received, it was heartwarming to see the youth turn up to contribute for a noble cause. Charity begins at home, and keeping with this, the Founder-Chairperson of I Am Still Human, Vivek Mehra also donated blood along with several other members of the team.

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World Remembrance Day for Accident Victims

Mors Certa Hora Incerta means ‘death is certain but its hour is not’. In light of this saddening fact I am Still Human along with Panchkula Administration organized a candle light vigil in the memory of the lives lost in road accidents on 15th November 2015. Parents, family and friends of road crash victims were invited. The loss of a loved one is the hardest to bear and the most painful to go through. To share our love with them and to tel these broken families that they are not alone in what they went through, this march was organized.  The participation and support was enormous. People turned up with banners that read “say no to drinking and driving” or “don’t use mobile while driving” and various other slogans.  We pray that the souls that were lifted from this earth find comfort and solace in their heavenly abode.

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Taking Pro-Digi to Another Level

On 18 February 2015, the Vice President of I Am Still Human, Harshita Chaarag met the Inspector General of Patiala, Naunihal Singh, to discuss our fresh project that deals with the education sector. Sir was familiarized with the project and given the idea of the same. We were delighted to see sir’s enthusiasm. Sir has offered to help us with our project and offered his aid. The team will be visiting sir soon to discuss the project further and move things ahead with his help and guidance.

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Women Raped by Angry Protesters on NH1

Reservations have always been touchy matter in our country. A concept started with the aim of uplifting the weaker section, it was supposed to be scratched off after a certain time period, once the purpose had been solved. We gave them a ladder, and they mounted it, but they refused to come down.
The problem with the reservation system is that it keeps getting elongated, and new sections of the society are seeking reservations. Now it’s reached a point where there are more seats to be attained through reservations than there are through merit and capabilities. Protests for such reservations have become as common as bare trees in the Autumn.
The last few weeks have seen one such protests turn disastrous. In tge last nine days since it turned violent, a total of 19 lives have been claimed with the latest turn being inter-caste violence as 4 non-jats have also been targeted. Shops have been burnt, aling with vehicles on the roads. With the military having been called in, the situation has taken a turn for the worse.
Amongst all this mess early today came a news which left us paralyzed with shock and disbelief.
It is fact known to any Indian resident, and now to many outside of India too, thaf the women in out country have never been and still aren’t safe. They are the firat to be targeted and longest to suffer because of their silent submissive nature, a trait that is fed into women from the time of their birth. This incident is one such case where women have once again been violated and forced to suffer for no wrong of their own.
Several eyewitnesses to the incident have told the Tribune of how vehicles were set on fire and then women from these vehicles were dragged into the fields and raped on the NH1 near Murthal on Monday morning. The women lay there crying for hours when finally some of the nearby residents heard them and tried to help them. The police has been shielding the victims and denying it’s occurrence. The district authorities told the families of the victims to not report the crime “for the sake of their own honor”. This was done by a mob of 30 men who after brutally raping the women, abandoned them in the fields.
Amazing, isn’t it? How women are now used not just as an object for sexual pleasure but also for letting out the sick animalistic anger of weaker men. Beautiful, isn’t it? How the one way men show their supremacy i by torturing the innocent and ruining lives.
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, life is fantastic in our nation, as we develop. After all, this is what development is development is to desecrate and pillage, vehicles shops and humans when you don’t get reservation. Development is when you destroy a woman and leave her scarred for life because your frustration and anger needs to directed at someone.
Development indeed.
This incident has simply brought out news andknowledge that we have known for years. We have in us the both the energy and potential to be the driving for any and all positive change. All that we as. Youth need to do is to use the respurces available. We have all we need, it is just motivation and action that we lack in.

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Each One, Feed One

With respect to the current global scenario, one of the most plaguing problems clenching many parts of the world has been hunger and mal-nourishment. India is no exception to the same. It’s common knowledge that hunger arises out of poverty, and in India, a considerable portion of the population that lives below the poverty line hardly gets one square meal a day. Even though numerous efforts have been instituted by many governmental schemes and bodies, the efforts of the non-profit organisations such as I Am Still Human have only furthered the cause and helped to achieve the goal of driving away hunger. A team of four people, namely, Rohit Bisht, Akhand Pratap Singh, Akshay Mehra and Reena Rawat have started a campaign called “each one, feed one” which has started its operation in Uttrakhand to feed the ones in need. We laud them for their efforts towards working for a noble cause and hope their endeavours bear the fruits they seek.

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Park Street Rape Survivor

May be it’s not about the happy ending, maybe it’s about the story.

Rape is very clearly defined in the Indian Penal Code. It defines the act of Rape, and the punishment that follows. What it doesn’t define is the emotional, physical, and mental destruction of the survivor. It defines the punishment for the offender, but it does not define the punishment that the survivor undergoes everyday after the scarring event. The Indian law also offers the cloak of anonymity to the unfortunate victim, which is usually accepted by the victims. But there was one woman, who shed the cloak of shame, and made herself synonymous with hope for the countless who suffer silently. This article is about Suzette Jordan, often referred to as Park Street Rape Victim, a connotation she hated being associated with. Suzette Jordan was as unconventional as they come. Hailing from an Anglo-Indian family, where most of her family members were teachers, she refused to study after high school and got married instead. Her marriage unfortunately bit the dust, and she wound up taking care of her two daughters as a single mother. She wasn’t supported by her family, but she was indifferent to that. She was always fun loving and refused to lose touch with her exuberant side. On that fateful night, she went to a five star restaurant in Park Street to meet up with her friend, who was unusually late that night. So she decided to leave, and got lift from a man. She later said that it was the biggest mistake she ever committed, as she was gang raped on gun point by the men in the car. After living in anonymity for over an year, she decided to come out in public with her ordeal, to speak against the Rape of a college student. She has been instrumental in garnering awareness for her cause by organising rallies, attended talk shows, and took on the mantle of a counsellor for many victims of sexual and physical assault. She became more than just the park Street victim, she became the park Street survivor. She succumbed to encephalitis on 13th March 2015, after becoming the face and voice of rape victims everywhere. I must correct myself here, Rape Survivors, and not victims.

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