Yesterday, I wrote up the first part of a brief overview of the last Pecha Kucha Night, which was held on Friday, the 17th of May, and focused on Failure. It wasn’t all that brief, though, because there was so much to say, and I decided to split it up into two parts. This is the second part of the overview, and covers six of the eleven presentations given that night (the first five can be found here).
Anshul Tewari, the founder of Youth Ki Awaaz, gave a very touching presentation about his personal experience with bullying. In a performance of sorts, he took on four different roles to demonstrate different kinds of failure in our society. The first role, that of a bully, portrayed someone who picks on someone who is different and unusual, and makes that person feel isolated, alone and friendless. The second role was that of a spectator, of someone who can see injustice being done in front of them but choose not to act, and rather just walk away. The third role was that of a teacher, who is meant to be a guide, to teach the difference between right and wrong, but she failed too, by doing nothing when the bullying was happening in front of her. The fourth role was that of the person who was bullied. By not speaking up about what he was facing, to either his peers, his teachers or his family, he failed as well. These four different kinds of failures serve to show how society often suppresses and disallows expression among its youth. It celebrates success but hides and denies failure, and in doing so, can silence the people who are most affected. This was a big part of the reason why Anshul started Youth Ki Awaaz, as he wanted to create a platform where young people could speak up about anything and be heard.