Saturday, June 26, 2010

Project Oar launched!

Dear friends,

We are humbled with this overwhelming support you all have showered by agreeing to become part of this anti dowry campaign. We received more than 100 submission through the Anti Dowry form embedded in my blog.

Now, the intent needs to be translated to action. We are proud to say that we are launching this campaign on Facebook as PROJECT OAR. If you are wondering what's with the name, then let me remind you that the genesis of the movement was started because of a certain culprit, Mr Rao. And since we did not want to malign his reputation forever, we reversed the name to Project Oar instead of Project Rao. Also OAR is more symbolic. Oar means a stick/propeller that helps a boat cross the river. And Project Oar too has a wide river to cross. The mission is huge and the responsibility too is large. And I am sure if we all join hands together, we could bring in a large social change for the better. You begin by becoming an official member of this project called Project Rao Taskforce.

Our tasks as of now would be to:

  • Join the Facebook campaign in the group,!/group.php?gid=132535166769564&ref=mf
  • Spread the word across to as many friends as possible.
  • We need two representative for Project Oar in each city in India. So if you are interested to become a volunteer for this noble initiative Project Oar, write to us at
  • We need someone to design the logo for the campaign. We will publish credits for all your efforts.
What is Project Oar' strategy?

After all these years of societal development, this crime of treating women as commodity still exists. We realised that the legal form of action hasn't worked. Only societal boycott and embarrassment can help curb this menace.
The plan is to record people's complains about any dowry demands across the country in Facebook/website.

We would then publish the address of the culprit in this public domain after a fair verification process.

People going though the address can then send torn chappals to that address. I hope this fear and societal embarrassment will bring down the number of dowry cases in the country.

Power of youth:

Friends, sometimes I am saddened that the youth of today do not have a say in such stark issues around them. Your blood must boil to see any form of injustice meted out in the society. Indifference towards a crime is a bigger crime committed than being a direct party to the crime. I sincerely feel, if someone is not part of the solution, he is part of the problem.

"Never underestimate the power of a small but committed group of people to change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." – Margaret Mead

Driven with the mission to curb this dowry menace, I bid adieu for now. Waiting for your earnest reply.

If you want to join the Project Oar Taskforce, join

For further enquiries, write to us at

Registered people till now:

Registered people till now:

  1. Sunayana Bangalore
  2. Anshuman Swain Auckland, NZ
  3. Shanthi S Bangalore
  4. Amit M Bangalore
  5. Dr J Swain Secunderabad
  6. Spandan Mishra Bhubaneswar
  7. Uttiya Das Bangalore
  8. Oishik Bagchi Gandhinagar
  9. Rohith Ganguly Ananthapur
  10. Swati Bhubaneswar
  11. Dinesh Sahu Bhubaneswar
  12. Naveen Bangalore
  13. Nivedita Bishwal Melbourne,Australia
  14. yash Auckland,NZ
  15. isha gwalior
  16. Ruchi Mumbai
  17. Mayuresh K Bangalore
  18. Jishnu Thrissur
  19. Naveen Gwalior
  20. Anwesa Bhubaneswar
  21. gopesh AHMEDABAD
  22. Sruthi Haripad
  23. Aghoshlal Nakulan Kollam,Kerala
  24. Varsha Hyderabad
  25. Thryza Dow Mumbai
  26. Madhukar BR Bangalore
  27. Ramkumar P Salem
  28. Swetansu Mohapatra Goa
  29. Varrun Ramani Chennai
  30. satabdee biswal hyderabad
  31. Shweta Hyderabad
  32. Preeti Pooja Bhubaneswar
  33. Aditya Mani Jha Ranchi
  34. akash salim trivandrum
  35. Midhunlal G Kannur, Kerala
  36. Bijoy Prakash Mumbai
  37. Jazarine Calicut
  38. Kasturi Baral Cuttack
  39. Sarada rivandrum
  40. Vasundhara Bangalore
  41. Krishnakumar D Coimbatore
  42. pria chennai
  43. Biji Bangalore
  44. Deepa Dutt Bangalore
  45. Ranjan Kumar das Bangalore
  46. Divya Thrissur
  47. Nivedita Hyderabad
  48. Kuntal Sen Kolkata
  49. Lawrence Aloysius Thrissur, Kerala


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