Getting people to talk about peace and queer rights
Everyone faces challenges, so have I. I’m fortunate to be engaged in work that’s an expression of the values I care about.
Chintan Girish Modi considers M.K. Gandhi a pioneer in civil resistance. But the Mumbai resident, who has been working at the intersection of peace education, gender equality and queer rights, is not comfortable with the idea of people worshipping Gandhi. “There is a large body of writing by people who find his thoughts on caste, race and gender utterly problematic. These critics are worth engaging with," says Modi, 34, who is a Shanti Fellow with Prajnya Trust’s Education for Peace initiative, where his work involves sensitizing teachers towards the violence faced by LGBTQ+ students. He also works with Chennai-based The Red Elephant Foundation, on their Ahimsa project to build a collection of resources that educators can rely on when they want to initiate conversations about peace and runs the “Aao Dosti Karein" initiative that focuses on healing the discord between Indians and Pakistanis.