GAALI FREE FILMS FOR GAALI FREE INDIA

3Films in India are an extension of life. They are not just stories, they are a reflection of the aspirations of people who adore and worship their stars as demi-gods and try to emulate them in their day to day life. Most people look at films as a great entertainment getaway-  a world away from the mad-mad competitive work scenario and the daily humdrum of life. Films to them teach them a lesson with a moral or social message. They entertain them with action, dialogues, music and dance. Movie buffs emulate the dancing steps of their favourite stars and also take pride in recalling the dialogues. So far so good… but there are some aspects which are most overlooked and detrimental to the emotional wellbeing of young minds. The movies laced with lewd gaalis, double entendre words and curse words are soon catching up the fancy of young and old alike. It is considered to be cool when the hero and the antagonists use a volley of verbal abuses as part of the storyline to excite the audience and entertain them this way.

What happens with young people who consider their superstars as their heroes is that they start emulating these heroes and also use gaalis and curse words in their day to day life, without realising its repercussions. Most people understand this aspect very well and yet do nothing about it to talk to their children and tell them not to get influenced by meaningless and lewd dialogues of the movie. They in fact think that children have had a good time enjoying the movie.  Yes, they do enjoy most of the movie part- the action, the heroes and heroines romancing and bashing up the antagonists, but what excites them most is hearing the lewd dialogues and emulating them in their own space.

Though films are made only to entertain people, they impact impressionable minds and influence them indirectly to start using lewd language with their loved ones, family members, friends and women around them. A dialogue filled with gaali is greeted with whistles and applauses by some who feel enthralled with cheap thrills.

With this key observation, Vandana Sethhi, the dynamic Director of Water Communications an avid movie buff asserts that India has rich cultural diversity but Indians are losing their respect for the country’s rich language heritage. Millions of people are influenced through movies, so why not influence them the good way. Why can’t films have meaningful dialogues devoid of lewd words and gaalis, instead why not promote poetry, inspirational quotes and words and pave the way for a Gaali Free future for the Gen-Next children.

To make her voice heard she has initiated the Gaali Free India – Swachh Bhasa drive as a Social campaign to bring back the respect for Indian languages.

She asserts, “Gaali Free India (Swachh Bhasha) is an attempt to inspire people to re-look at their vocabulary, filter words and stop using gaalis. The world of Films is a big influencing medium so the words, lyrics and dialogues used in films should be devoid of gaalis and demeaning words. Let’s set good example for our children. It’s a wakeup call to respect the diction, the language and bring back respect into our lives by working towards a world devoid of gaalis. It’s time to free the nation of gaalis. And this can happen when each and every one of us pledge never to use gaalis in front of women, children, at work, with friends or in your surroundings.”

All you need to do is support this drive by logging on to www.gaalifreeindia.org. Be a Gaali Free India Ambassador and inspire others to live a life devoid of gaalis. Your one step can work wonders for your loved ones, the society and country at large.”

GAALI FREE INDIA FOR WOMEN

GAALI FREE INDIA FB_7Our country is renowned the world over for its rich diversity. With millions of people and hundreds of languages spoken in this country, what’s common is the love for the nation. Every home in the country values the concept of family. The head of the family has the ultimate command over the family, primarily playing the role of a breadwinner, while the female is the nurturer and a homemaker.

GAALI FREE INDIA FB_5In times when running a house is not so easy and more than one family member has to work to support their nuclear or joint families, it is common to see that women are constantly struggling to be of value to their family and do their best. They are shouldering their responsibilities with their male family members be it father, brother or husbands and are working as successful professionals; multi-tasking and balancing their responsibilities at home and work with equal passion and dedication.

But on the other hand, stressful men find it easy to vent out their frustration on women around them be it at home, at work or amongst their friend circle. Women are often made scapegoats to a volley of verbal abuses in the form of gaalis.

During instances when stress seems to be engulfing the peace of many a marriages, what comes most easy for most male counterparts is to vent out their frustrations, tensions and angst on to their wives using gaalis, curse words and dirty verbal abuses. Decent conversations have taken a backseat, respect for women has gone out of the window, sense of responsibility and chivalry seems to be a thing of the past. In a country when centuries ago women were respected as goddesses are now treated as doormats. They are greeted, taunted and teased with filthy double entendre curse words. It’s not just at home that they have to bear gaalis; very often they get to hear through their peers at work and friends in their circle and sometimes through their own children as well. And it only gets worse with time.

“Is this the way to cope up with stress? For how long will women be treated as punch bags to vent out one’s frustrations?” With this thought lingering in her mind, Vandana Sethhi, the dynamic entrepreneur of Water Communications set out to initiate Gaali Free India – Swachh Bhasa drive as a Social campaign to bring back the respect for Indian languages and women.

Gaali Free India (Swachh Bhasha) is an attempt to inspire people to re-look at their vocabulary, filter words and stop using gaalis. She says, “It’s a wakeup call to respect the diction, the language and bring back respect into a woman’s life. It’s time to work towards a Gaali Free India.”

All you need to do is support this drive by logging on to www.gaalifreeindia.org. Be a Gaali Free India Ambassador and inspire others to live a life devoid of gaalis. Your one step can work wonders for your loved ones. Pledge to never use gaalis in front of women, children, at work, with friends or in your surroundings.”

Children are learning the A,B,Cs of Gaalis!

GAALI FREE INDIA FB_06Be it at school, in the playground, at home, at high school, in the neighbourhood, most children seem to be behaving like adults greeting one other with curse words. In a Gen-Next era where mobile phones have become a part of day to day life and one cannot do without it for a minute. What’s catching up like fire is the trend of curse words floating in the form of lewd jokes, videos, quotes or simply messages. And alarmingly more and more children are exposed to reading such messages as more and more of their friends group share such messages on social networking sites and mobiles. Gaalis have become their way of life.

GAALI FREE INDIA FB_04Most innocent kids don’t even know the meaning of lewd words that seem to catch their fancy and become part of their vocabulary just because their friends use it often. While parents are busy with their own hectic lifestyles they think their kids will not interfere with their work if they are busy playing video games on mobile phones or are busy chatting with their buddies. But what they don’t seem to realise is that the kids are in fact learning the A,B,Cs of gaalis and also use it in their conversations as if it’s cool and fashionable.

GAALI FREE INDIA FB_05So who is going to monitor their behaviour and their diction? Who is going to proof-check their vocabulary and put a stop to the lewd words or replace them with inspirational words and words of wisdom? It’s time to pay attention to children and the time is now, before it’s too late! Would you be surprised if they start using lewd words and address their own family members? Think about it!

Over to you now! It’s act as responsible citizens and work towards making India Gaali Free.

Learn more about this initiative on www.gaalifreeindia.org. Be a Gaali Free Ambassador! Pledge to never use gaalis in front of children, at work, with friend, at home or in your surroundings. Respect your language and pass on the rich language heritage to your posterity that’s devoid of the filth of gaalis! Do it for your children’s sake!

GAALI FREE INDIA FOR OUR CHILDREN

GAALI FREE INDIA FB_02India is our nation and we are proud of it. It has given us so much- our roots, our culture, our freedom, our home. We love everything about our nation, the diversity, cultures, richness, natural resources and values. We teach our children that ours is the best country in the world. Indeed it is! And it is our responsibility to value everything it has given us. Our rich cultural heritage also comes with the rich and diverse language heritage. It is estimated that over 780 languages are spoken in India. And sadly it is observed that people are disrespecting their own language by using gaalis in their day to day conversations. Gaalis have become a gaali for the country’s deep rooted values. A progressive nation is marked by busy progressive people running after success, trying to outdo time and win over businesses and profits.

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In the bargain, while forever busy competing, they lose their cool demeanour, start using gaalis and curse words and try to control their emotions this way. With most people it comes easy to vent out their frustrations using gaalis in front of their family members and friends without realising that family consists of children as well. And children behave like a sponge that soaks up negativity that comes across in their life. It is appalling to see most toddlers use gaalis without even realising what they actually mean. All this just because they innocently try to emote their loved ones whom they often see using these gaalis in their day to day conversations.

GAALI FREE INDIA FB_01Their loved ones’ aggression soon reflects as their own and it doesn’t take long for gaalis to then become part of their vocabulary. And they begin to think there’s nothing wrong with it. Most young teens and youngsters greet each other using gaalis as they find it very fashionable and it gives them some kind of control over their feelings. They start using gaalis as they learn them from people around them, their elder siblings, their parents, their neighbours, their seniors at schools or while commuting in buses. There’s so much negativity- they see their parents argue, there’s peer pressure, there’s inferiority complex, there’s sibling rivalry, there’s constant pressure to perform and come out as the best student academically and in sports- Children today are equally under stress as any adult trying to meet ends and win bread. So for them gaalis come easy and it adds more to their aggression and angst. And who is responsible for all this, it’s time to ask this question and find the answer yourself? It’s time to stop using gaalis at home and anywhere you go with children. It’s time to instil the respect for languages in children and teach them the A,B,C of life devoid of gaalis. This will start when you yourself are free from the bondage of gaalis. You have to promise yourself never to use gaalis in your life so as to set a good example to your children who look up to you are their role model.

Over to you now! It’s time to inspire others and as responsible citizens, work towards making India Gaali Free.
Learn more about this initiative on www.gaalifreeindia.org. Be a Gaali Free Ambassador! Pledge to never use gaalis in front of children, at work, with friend, at home or in your surroundings. Respect your language and pass on the rich language heritage to your posterity that’s devoid of the filth of gaalis! Do it for your children’s sake!

UNVEILING GAALI FREE INDIA – SWACHH BHASHA INITIATIVE

India is a potpourri of cultural diversity. With an estimated 1,282,390,303 people, India is the second largest nation in terms of population. It is equivalent to 17.5% of the total world population. It is believed that over 780 languages are spoken in the country. With an expected literacy rate to touch 80% by end of this year, India is a progressive nation beyond doubt … But aren’t we lagging behind in our responsibilities as true citizens? Are we respecting the nation’s rich language heritage? This thought had been nagging Ms. Vandana Sethhi, the dynamic Entrepreneur, who has always wished to do something constructive as a responsible citizen of India and do her bit towards adding value to the India’s growth story. So one fine morning she decided that under her Social initiative, she would initiate a unique drive – Gaali Free India (Swachh Bhasha) on Republic Day.
This to her was like giving another wing to our respected Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji’s Swachh Bharat campaign. Under this campaign, she wanted to reach out to the people of India and remind them about their true responsibility, first towards their own language (bhasha), the need for cleaning of one’s vocabulary filled with gaalis and curse words and working towards using swachh bhasha in their day to day life while they ensured that they keep their surroundings clean. Continue reading “UNVEILING GAALI FREE INDIA – SWACHH BHASHA INITIATIVE”