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Metz n Trix still at Number One!

10Mar

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March 4th the talented Northern duo, Metz and Trix made history knocking off Will.I.Am, J.LO and Mick Jagger to claim the number one on the UK Urban Music Charts. They also are number one on UDR Top 5 workout tracks. One of Petz favorite tunes to sweat out to. We’ve been receiving numerous inquiries about the track after Miss Banga played it on the UDR Podcast.

Metz n Trix collaborated with pioneering DJ/Producer Surinder Rattan, who added his magic touch to the track.

You’ll be able to purchase the track on iTunes at the end of March.

Urban Desi Radio – Show 2 – March 2012

8Mar

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UDR’s latest show

(March 2012)

Host: Miss Banga

Playlist:

1. Nai Reina – Imran Khan ( DJ Shadow Mumbai Mix)
2.Aap Jaisa Koi – Mixman Shawn feat. Mira Veda
3. Akhiyan – Shar.S feat. Desi Routz
4. Akhiyan – Surinder Kaur (G-Ta Dub-Step Mix)
5. Dil Nachde – Delhi2Dublin
6. International Love (Jay Dhabi Mix feat. RDB)
7. Fly Away – Kid Skilly
8. Moorni – Punjabi MC ( Violinder Mix)
9. Dil Mera – Punjabi Hit Squad feat. Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
10. Chikni Chameli (DJ Amar)
11. Kudi – Tigerstyle
12. OMG – Metz and Trix feat Surinder Rattan
13. Facebook Uttey- Kuldeep Dhaliwal

1. Nai Reina – Imran Khan ( DJ Shadow Mumbai Mix)

2.Aap Jaisa Koi – Mixman Shawn feat. Mira Veda

3. Akhiyan – Shar.S feat. Desi Routz

4. Akhiyan – Surinder Kaur (G-Ta Dub-Step Mix)

5. Dil Nachde – Delhi2Dublin

6. International Love (Jay Dhabi Mix feat. RDB)

7. Fly Away – Kid Skilly

8. Moorni – Punjabi MC ( Violinder Mix)

9. Dil Mera – Punjabi Hit Squad feat. Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

10. Chikni Chameli (DJ Amar)

11. Kudi – Tigerstyle

12. OMG – Metz and Trix feat Surinder Rattan

13. Facebook Uttey- Kuldeep Dhaliwal

Top 10 Sexiest Urban Desis

25Feb

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South Asians are known to be some of the best-looking people on earth. Piercing eyes, dark hair and olive skin are the staples of what’s sexy now and days. We thought I’d be a great idea to compile a list of  some of the SEXIEST Urban Desis out there. Please note: this is outside Bollywood (since there so many sexy folk to choose from in Bollywood, it’s just not fair!). Enjoy this list and please try not to drool on your keyboard. It’s hard enough for us *slurp*

10.Sanjay Gupta

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Indian-American Neurosurgeon and Media Personality

Hey, just because he’s a medical specialist, doesn’t mean he can’t be sexy! Sanjay Gupta doesn’t necessarily ooze sex but, there’s just something sexy about a knowledgeable, handsome South Asian man on camera. He’s one silver fox that definitely earns the first spot on our list!

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9. Imran Khan (Singer)

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Dutch-Pakistani Music Artist

King Khan grazed the music scene back in 2007 and since then we can’t stop talking about him! Not only can he sing some of the hottest Urban Desi tracks, he has become a sex icon among the Punjabi music scene. Oh and not to mention,  those luscious lips!

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8. Gulzaeb Beg Ali

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UK  Model and TV Presenter

So you American folk may have not heard of her but, Gulzaeb has fast become a recognized face in the UK fashion modeling industry. She’s a versatile model and a sexy vixen who isn’t afraid to pose with traditional Desi garb or slip into something western and sweet. Classy and sexy. What more would you want?

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7. Nigel Barker

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British Photographer and Former Model

The name doesn’t show it but, Nigel is one sexy Desi. Half  English and half Sri Lanken, this guy can play both sides of the ethnic card. Nigel proves that Desi muts come out just as sexy as full Desis!

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6.Minnie Gupta

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Indian Swimsuit Model

Her modeling credits include Playboy, FHM and Maxim. Yah, enough said! This Desi chick has always been confident to strut her goods regardless of the taboos of naughty posing in the Desi community. Go ahead girl, do your thing!

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5. Noureen Dewulf

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American Actress

Noureen has graced the big screen, little screen and independent screen through out her career.  She always made sure she carried a dose of sexiness with her! She was once on Maxim’s “Hot 100” list. Not only is she hot among Desis but, she’s hot in mainstream media as well!

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4. Imran Khan (actor)

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Bollywood Actor

Alright, alright, I know we said that we were not going in include Bollywood actors but, Imran Khan can be considered a real Urban Desi! He was born in Wisconsin and graduated high school in Silicon Valley! Imran has come to be one of the sexiest guys in Bollywood today. Too bad he’s married DOH!

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3. Jay Sean

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Mainstream Music Artist

The females at Urban Desi Radio said they would lick chocolate off of his chest. That’s how sexy Jay Sean is. Jay has proven that South Asians can have an amazing voice, be sexy and gain mainstream popularity all at the same time! Jay keep doing what your doing because you are sizzlin’ hot!

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2. Padma Lakshmi

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Author, Model and TV Host

Standing at 5’9, Padma has been acknowledged in American media as one of the hottest Indian woman on the TV screen. Her sexiness started in 1993 when she became the first Indian model to walk at runways in Paris, Milan and New York. She’s also been famous for posing in the nude, we’ll save that fore later 😉

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1. Sunny Leone

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Adult Film Star and Actress

Miss. Sunny gains our number one spot because… well, do we really need to explain why? She has to be one of the sexiest Urban Desis  in entertainment history! Although your mummy and papa may not agree with her profession, we LOVE her for breaking the mold of the “good Indian woman” . We love you Sunny!

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Can Bollywood Keep Up With Ms. Kardashian?

10Oct

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If there’s a Bollywood Director out there, email us for Kim Kardashian’s agents number, she has recently expressed interest in taking on Bollywood. We’re sure you wouldn’t have any trouble finding a leading man for this Armenian bombshell.

“I would love to be in a Bollywood movie. Every time I see a Bollywood film it seems so glamorous. My brother actually went to India once and came back with all this amazing jewellery and so many stories. I would love to go there.”

India has got the best of Kim, since she’s been spending time in Dubai (We are sure she knows Dubai ISN’T in India) there’s no immediate plans for the Kardashian sisters to open up a Kash store, however, she’s excited to open up”Millions of Milkshakes” in Dubai.

Remember the string of sweet and funny tweets Jay Sean left for Kim? Perhaps the next time he tours India, he should take Kim along!

PS. Bollywood Directors, if Kim has trouble crying on cue? Just hide her earrings! You will get more tears than Kareena Kapoor!

Rapper. Singer. Video Productionist. Photographer. Shar S.

5May

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Our featured artist of the week: Shar.S.

 

This man can do anything. Rap? Yes. Write. Yes. Sing? Yes. Videophotography and Photography? Yes and Yes.

Shar S. is from the Central Valley/So Cal in California, but his hometown is originally from Patiala, Punjab *ahem, that would also be my mom’s hometown*.

He has the look, the voice, and the vibe to be the next big superstar? Perhaps.

Big Ups to Shar .S. for putting CALI on the map!

Urban Desi Radio’s favorite pick of the week is his song, “Akhiyan” music produced by Desi Routz. Loving the urban European-desi style vibe of the song.

(You know I am a sucker for romantic ballads. This track is #1 on my list right now) It is hot!

Catch him at: You Tube , Sound Cloud  or download the song on iTunes now!

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RIP Nate Dog: 21 Questions and Anthems in Death

16Mar

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By: Reena Mumbai reenadotme@gmail.com

It’s kind of crazy that a lot of breaking news that I learn of is via Twitter. Tonight, for example, I learned that Nate Dogg died. Here’s the crazy in that- I thought it was a hoax because as soon as I saw the tweet I, of course, Googled it, and there were NO hits to corroborate. As it turns out, Twitter beat Google to the punch. Sadly, the world has lost another rapper from my formative intro-to-rap years. Twitter, in the meantime, is blowing up with “R.I.P” shouts and lyrics from famous Nate Dogg songs. When I hear Nate Dogg I immediately think of two songs, probably not unlike many others who grew up on his music. Obviously, one is “Regulate” by Warren G, but the other is probably one that is a less common conduit to Nate because it came later in his career, and that is “21 Questions” by 50 Cent. It has one of the cheesiest, smile-inducing lines in hip hop. The line that then became nauseatingly overused- “I love you like a fat kid love cake.” Granted, that wasn’t actually his line.

Do people ever say to you, “This song always reminds me of you”? I get that from friends and it’s usually either a 90’s song or some random hip-hop song. I was thinking, I wonder what song Nate Dogg would want people playing in his memory. Like, would he scoff if he knew I played “21 Questions” because it was actually a 50 Cent song that he was featured on? Actually, most of the popular songs Nate Dogg is remembered for were collabos with other artists. Then I thought, well, when I die, what song do I want my death to immediately trigger in the minds of my friends?

Hold, please. Time for a 3:40 am cookie…

As I was saying, what song would I want people playing? Yes, I realize this is a big assumption that, somehow, my death will spark a global “kumbaya”, but you never know, so it’s best to have a plan in place. The problem is there are so many great songs that put me in an out-of-body experience. I’m being totally serious- music does that to me, often. Some people use qualudes, some use videogames, I use music. Parenthetically speaking, did you know that quaaludes were first invented in India? It is one of those obscure, but important, facts to spew out to someone you want to impress, like, I dunno, a drugged-out hippie child of the Woodstock era, who maybe manages a famous band.

The problem with picking one song to be your anthem in death is that you want to make sure it’s a “timeless” song. This means most current popular music is out. Ke$ha’s ( I can’t believe I actually dollar-signed her) “Blow” may sound great now, but 30 years from now it’s just going to be eyebrow-raising when this song is trending on Twitter as #RIP Reena.Blow on girl. So, I’m trying very hard to scour my top 50 songs list and come up with the perfect anthem in death for myself. I have none as of yet. But I’d better find one fast. It’s best to be prepared.

Post script: I find Ke$ha distasteful and a big ear soar. However, I will go on the record and say I am totally feeling her new song “Blow” which, when listened to at cochlea-cracking decibels, really just makes you want to dance. Also, this video has unicorns (dammit, are unicorns trendy now??) and Dawson of “Dawson’s Creek” fame. What the?

And for the record, the cookie(s) I ate at 3:40 am were sugarless and homemade, though obviously not by me.

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Check Out “Blow” from Ajaxxx *NEW VIDEO*

16Mar

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Ajaxxx and myself had some friendly banter at the beginning of the year when he said some “sites” (hinting to UDR?) doesn’t give Desi artists in the US enough props. This space is not just for UK Desi artists, but for all artists from all over, Ajaxxx like many others Urban Desi artists here in the States, is a contender to show the US is just as talented as the UK. The UDR platform is all yours Ajaxxx bring it on!! Check out his new video “Blow” (which was featured on one of our sister sites SimplyBhangra.com) Ajaxxx is making waves and doing his thing!

Navin Kundra charms Nayna in an EXCLUSIVE interview!

16Mar

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Sweet, romantic and totally addictive and I’m not just talking about his music. I caught up with the ever so charming and down to Earth Navin Kundra to discuss his new song ‘Aaja’, his love for his fans, all his favourite things and so much more.

By: @NaynaED

Nayna: It’s good to see you again, what have you been up to lately?

Navin: Just a lot of promotion around the new single, it’s been doing really well so a lot of touring and being back in the studio, creating new music.

N: Your twitter bio, it says ‘you think you know, but you have no idea’, so what do we have no idea about?

NK: (laughs) Well you know with Twitter, you don’t have much space so I couldn’t put my 3,4 pages of achievements down… no I’m joking. I guess people get an image of you from the music that you put out and my music is so varied so people really don’t quite get to know the real me until they sit down and have a chat with me which is what we’re doing now.

N: Listening to the new single ‘Aaja’, it starts off like a qawali and it just kicks in and the vocals are amazing. What was the inspiration behind it?

NK: The idea to be honest was just to create something new, something very different. It’s a bit of an ambitious song to take on and I don’t think a lot of people would have expected a young British Asian artist to come out with a song like that. Like you say, it’s got mixed elements of qawali with soul and then Indian classical music, it was quite a big task. A lot of people have heard that song and they think there’s about 3 different singers on it, but I’m doing all the vocals myself. And that’s sort of what I mean by ‘you think you know…’ because if you didn’t know my face or me as a person you’d hear that and think Gosh, there’s no way that’s a 26 year old guy from the UK.

N: So we last met at the GMex exhibition in Manchester recently, how did you prepare yourself for that performance? Do you still get nervous before you’re about to go on stage?

NK: Always! I’m actually a nervous wreck before I go onstage, It’s terrible. Normally backstage, there’s loads of other people around, at the event there were artists, dancers, models and they’re all so cool and chilled out like they’re comfortable with everything. I’ve been doing this for a while now but it always still feels like it’s my first and last performance which is why I kind of get really nervous and I give it my all on stage and I guess that helps because it prepares you mentally.

N: Speaking of dancing, I noticed you strutting some dance moves on stage, is that something you take lessons for or..?

NK: (laughs) No no, as you can tell, if anyone has seen me dancing they’ll know I take no lessons for that but it’s just a bit of fun, it’s something I enjoy doing. When I’m performing and I see the crowd dancing and singing along, it’s just great.

N: I want to know a bit about the man behind the music. What do you like to do when you get home at the end of a hard day, what’s your way of winding down?

NK: It depends, there’s times I just love going out for a run, other times I like to listen to music, watch TV, watch movies, I’m a big fan of comedy and perhaps my favourite winding down past time is just spending time with my fans, logging on to ‘Facebook’ and ‘Twitter’ and replying to messages and having conversations on my wall.

N: Do you think that’s a strange concept as an artist, to be able to connect with the fans so personally, almost one to one.

NK: It is strange, going back over more than 5 years ago, it was totally unheard of. With the invention of all these social networking sites, it’s been a way of connecting very personally with fans and it’s worked so great for me because I’m an unsigned artist, still independent but I’m putting music out and I’ve got a fan base because of that. We have a good time, we have a great relationship, I talk to them, they talk to me. It’s good to know you’ve got that support there because they’re the ones that make the songs number 1.

N: Is it a bit embarrassing when you see twitter accounts that are named after you? You do have a few now.

NK: No it’s not embarrassing at all, I love that. All the more the better, it’s a really beautiful thing actually.

N: What do you miss most about being away from home?

NK: I miss my own bed because I have this theory, you can be in the most luxurious hotel or the best penthouse suite but when you get into the bed, there’s nothing quite like your own, it’s like you’re conditioned to it. I miss being with my family as well and mum’s cooking definitely!

N: Speaking of cooking, did you do anything on pancake day?

NK: Not really, I was busy working away so I missed out on all the pancakes but I hope everyone else had a good time.

N: If I had known I would have brought you one.

NK: You should have done, I’m really gutted now.

N: Maybe next year?

NK: Yeh definitely.

N: What was your first reaction when you found out ‘Aaja’ got to no.1? Were you jumping up and down screaming or were you playing it cool like ‘it’s aaiite, I’m happy’?

NK: (laughs) I was jumping up and down screaming when I first heard it played on radio, that’s how crazy it is because it’s always really exciting. I think a lot of people take for granted that it’s something you’ve spent time creating, it’s your baby, and just to know everyone else is hearing it is a massive deal. So when it went to no.1 I was just completely blown away. I knew it was a different song with a very different sound so I never knew how it would do, I just believed in the song and I’m so glad the audience believed in it as well.

N: What I’m going to do now is like a quick fire round. I want to ask you quick short questions and need a quick response. Are you ready?

NK: (laughs) They might not be so quick because I’m terrible at these things.

N: (laughs) Hopefully there’s not a lot of thinking required, just say what comes into your head. Ready?

NK: I’m ready (looking nervous).

N: Favourite film?

NK: Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge.

N: Aw mine too. Favourite all time song?

NK: So many but at the moment I have to say ‘Tuj Mein Rab Diktha Hai’.

N: An artist that inspires you.

NK: Stevie Wonder.

N: Favourite book?

NK: Roots by Alex Haley.

N: Favourite car?

NK: Aston Martin

N: (whispers) Old man’s car.

NK: Er excuse me that’s not an old man’s car, that’s a very slick, sophisticated, sleek car.

N: Don’t get me started on this. One place you’d like to visit.

NK: By the way, what’s your favourite car?

N: Lamborghini Gallardo?

NK: (short silence then mimicks me)

N: (laughs) Moving on! Right so one place you’d like to visit.

NK: You’re such a show off yaar. (laughs) Sorry are you asking me another question? One place I’d like to visit… I would like to go to Mauritius.

N: What song do you wish you had written and released?

NK: Gosh there’s loads, but I wish I had written and released ‘Thriller’ by Michael Jackson.

N: An artist you would like to collaborate with.

NK: A R Rahman.

N: Lastly your favourite quote, maybe something inspirational.

NK: I have a quote that was passed on to me by my mentor Pandit Dinesh ji and that is ‘look after your art and your art will look after you.

N: That’s beautiful. Ok I’m going to say one word now and you’re going to say the first thing that comes into your head, (Navin looks over at my notes) …stop reading my questions!

NK: (laughs)

N: Ring

NK: Finger

N: Black

NK: White

N: Fast

NK: Slow (laughs)

N: Scary

NK: You

N: (laughs) Success!

NK: Happiness.

N: It was an absolute pleasure to chat to you today Navin, thank you so much.

NK: Thank YOU very much and thank you to all the fans who are supporting my music.

N: Any last messages for your fans?

NK: Just like I said, massive massive thank you! I hope to see you all very soon, come down to one of my shows because this music is to experience and we’ll have a good time.

Already at number 1, make sure you download the single Aaja by Navin Kundra and listen to it, it has such a catchy beat and beautiful lyrics.

You can find Navin on Twitter and on Facebook

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Swapna-Sucheta Suicide Case

15Mar

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Sappho one of the great Greek lyricist and poets

From Sappho (Support Group for Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Women) this was reported in the Telegraph (Eastern Indian English newspaper) the two women were in a lesbian relationship, sadly they both committed, because they felt this was the only way they could be together. Sappho went to their town to learn more about the two young women and their families.

Swapna-Sucheta Suicide Case
Nandigram, Sonachura, 20th February.2011
A Report by the Fact Finding Team of Sappho for Equality

The incident was reported in the Telegraph, a leading English daily of
eastern India on 22nd February 2011, along with smaller insertions on
the same day in Times of India, Kolkata, Ganashakti (Bengali daily
from Kolkata), Mumbai Mirror and Ahmedabad Mirror.

Two young girls from a village named Sonachura, under Nandigram police
station, in East Midnapur District, had committed suicide together by
consuming pesticide. They were neighbours, distant cousins; the elder
used to give tuition to the younger and were in a lesbian
relationship. The younger was married off some months ago after the
villagers became suspicious about their relationship.

Apart from the above mentioned basic facts media reports were
contradictory about the names of the girls, their ages, and other
details related to this incident. One of the news papers with
expressed political allegiance went to the extent of calling it a
murder (it should be remembered that Nandigram and Sonachura have been
in the news for State Government’s land acquisition policy and counter
movement, and is still in a situation of political unrest with state
elections knocking at the door).

We at Sappho for Equality decided that given the contradictory nature
of the media reports, and the political positioning of Nandigram with
a general pre-poll unrest prevailing in the state, we should carry out
a fact finding process on our own. It also is considered as a step
towards our advocacy and lobbying campaign with the state machinery,
the police to be precise.

As step one we formed an internal fact finding team of experienced
members. The team first met Ms. Damayanti Sen IPS, Joint Commissioner
of Police, Crime Branch, Kolkata, for back up police support for the
fact finding mission and also for involving her in the advocacy and
lobbying campaign. We got extremely positive response from her for the
immediate venture and the long term project. She gave us contacts of
very senior police personnel of the West Bengal Police, the Additional
director of Police, Law and Order, who in turn connected us with the
East Midnapore Police Superintendent, OC of Nandigram Police Station
and Sub Inspector of Tekhali, Sonachura Police Outpost. The last
referred person had actually handled this case and we got maximum
information from him through our fact finding process on 26th
February.

On 26th February our five-member team, ready with audio-visual
documenting    equipments, went to Sonachura for finding out real
facts and scopes for further intervention regarding the couple suicide
case of Swapna-Sucheta. We met and interviewed Swapna’s parents, one
of her coaching class students who used to study with Sucheta also,
Sucheta’s mother, one of their male neighbours, few neighbourhood
women, Sucheta’s husband Bikash Mondal, Panchayet Pradhan Kalikrishna
Pradhan (chief functionary of the rural local governance system) and
Sub Inspector Animesh Chakraborty of Tekhali Police Outpost and also
had a talk with Second Officer Sambhunath Das of Nandigram Police
Station. Copy of a note book with Swapna’s description of their
relationship and the final act along with the copy of case diary were
collected as testimony.

The incident and its background as found by the fact finding committee
is – Swapna, 21/22 has always been a quite and integrated person. She
is one of the rare girls who had passed Madhyamik (school leaving
examination) and instead of marriage opted for a career as a teacher.
Her parents already burdened with the debts accumulated after her two
elder sisters’ marriage decided not to press too hard. She had opened
a coaching centre at her home and was giving tuition to the
neighbourhood students and earning a modest amount of money. Sucheta,
17/18, a neighbourhood girl, a second/third cousin used to come to her
coaching centre and they had developed very deep and intimate
relationship. The villagers started suspecting about the nature of
their relationship to be homosexual and about year ago a huge ruckus
was created by some of the village elders and both the families were
threatened. Sucheta’s parents decided to marry their daughter off and
they
got hold of a young neighbourhood boy, Bikash, 20/21, who works as a
masonry help in Orissa, was once in a relationship with Sucheta before
she got involved with Swapna. Sucheta refused to marry but was forced
into it, a very common practice everywhere in India, and was married
off about six months ago. But the relationship continued and Bikash,
tried to commit suicide, unsuccessfully, after two months of his
marriage to Sucheta. On 20th February 2011, Sucheta had come to visit
her natal family and went missing along with Swapna. The families and
villagers looked for them the whole night and in the morning they were
found dead at a spot about 2 km from their home tied together by a
gamchha (handloom towel) embracing each other. Police report says that
they had committed suicide by consuming pesticide. A note book was
found at Swapna’s home where she has clearly described the nature of
their relationship and her decision of committing suicide as they
thought that to be the only way of staying together because the
society would not let be with each other. Her last request was to be
cremated together, which was not observed because none of the families
including Sucheta’s marital family were willing to accept the dead
bodies back from police morgue to give them an honourable funeral.

From interactions with both of the families, Sucheta’s husband, and
neighbourhood persons, the single striking fact, clear to all of us,
was that no one is actually sad for those two deceased human beings.
Swapna’s parents are bewildered because she was a major bread winner
for her family, Sucheta’s mother (we could not meet her father) was
too cautious to talk. Bikash was busy clearing his name, trying to
prove that all was well between them as a married couple. Never did he
gave any information regarding his failed suicide attempt.

The neighbourhood guy agreed that it is bad that the girls have
committed suicide, it is not right to marry someone off forcibly. When
asked that what would be his/their plan of action if something like
this happens again, he said they would involve women next time
something like this happens and try to make the girls understand the
immorality and impossibility of such a situation rather than forcing
them into marriage. The Panchayet Pradhan also was unhappy about the
deaths and subsequent turn of events when the families refused to
cremate the deadbodies. He said that he was willing to organize funds
needed for their last rites but the families were not ready to do so,
though they cited poverty as their reason, he felt that immorality of
the act had actually forced the families to disown the girls. He also
said that he believes homosexuality is wrong because some group
involved in HIV/AIDS awareness campaign in that area had declared so.
Police
personnel in the area, the sub-inspector of Tekhali police outpost,
in particular, seemed to be quite sensitive about the issue. Police
was willing to help the families in obtaining the bodies from morgue
but as the Pradhan, the S I also commented upon the families’
reluctance in arranging funeral rites due to the dead as non
acceptance of their lesbian relationship.

At this juncture, Sappho for Equality has already designed a targeted
intervention programme for eradicating violence against LBT persons
with long and short term work plans keeping this incident and other
similar incidents in focus.

Short term work plans

awareness camp in the Nandigram/Sonachura area after Assembly election
leafleting and campaigning with university and college students
keeping this incident at the centre
collaborating with Maitree (a forum of women’s rights groups and
individual activists in West Bengal) to present this case in the 8th
march programme (It had already been taken place)
Creating a violence dossier with similar reported incidents as ready reckoner.
Raising the issue of violence against LBT persons in every possible
fora and sharing this report with all interested organizations and
individuals working on similar or allied issues.

Long term work plan

advocacy and lobbying with the State Administrative System
police sensitization programme

Sappho for Equality is an Activist Platform Working for the Rights of
Sexually Marginalized (Les/Bi/Trans) Women in Kolkata

Apology to Bohemia and his camp

15Mar

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I was under false pretenses that “Phudu” an alter-ego blogger was a part of Bohemia’s camp, I would like to apologize to Bohemia, his management and his camp for not handling the issue in a professional manner, I do pride myself as a professional, what I did was way out of line and not using my better judgment. I’ve always respected Bohemia as an artist and what he has done for the scene, that’s why he was listed as number 3 in our top 10 list best artists of the decade. I would of called out “Phudu” regardless of which artists he chose to pick on, I think it was cowardly act on Phudu’s part not to reveal his identity and poor judgment on mine for not investigating properly. Bohemia/his camp had nothing to do with the “Phudu” character. Bohemia is a professional and a very busy artist, to sweat the petty stuff. I’m sorry for putting fuel into the fire, something I truly loathe at in character of a person.

My sincere apologies

Peta Cooper

Founder of Urban Desi Radio