Four women, who are known for their prowess in public speaking and have a large following in their respective communities, are among the 37 candidates of the Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) for the Lok Sabha elections.
Intangible heritage preserves culture and celebrates diversity of communities. As UNESCO recognises the threat to each culture or location’s intangible cultural heritage, the challenge is to preserve these practices.
As a social worker, Sawant has been involved in setting up a drop-in centre, Nani Ka Ghar, for the children of sex workers. She also works as a coordinator with Swayam Siddha, an NGO where the transgender activist encourages older members of their community to learn skills like soap-making, among others.
In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, MNS and AAP together had secured over 1.22 lakh votes. BJP's Anil Shirole had won the elections with a margin of over 3.15 lakh votes, after polling a total of almost 5.7 lakh votes.
The centres aim to resolve these issues before they reach the court and so far, the centre in Pune has succeeded in resolving 11 cases. It has five expert counsellors who try and resolve disputes free of cost,
At 21, Rohit Sawant is a dancer, a certified Zumba instructor and life guard, open sea and pool swimmer. He holds an international record for swimming non-stop for 13 hours and has over 40 medals from various swimming competitions. Sawant is also autistic.
With 2.71 lakh followers, the NCP has the highest following on its official Twitter account, followed by the Sena (1.55 lakh), the BJP (1.35 lakh) and Congress (88,000) — the figures are for all the parties Maharashtra handle.
Globally, the number of 15-24 year olds who are not in education, employment or any kind of training is estimated to be around three times higher for younger women adolescents (175 million) than young men (63 million). In India, the prevalence is over 15 times higher in young women than in young men (nearly 54 per cent compared to 3.5 per cent).
Dalvi and other activists had also opposed the Transgender Persons (Protection of rights) Bill, 2018, as it requires transgender persons to seek certification confirming their status from a district screening committee.
On MNS, Supriya Sule says open to talks with ‘like-minded parties... Vote division can help’ She adds, there are several challenges in every election and opponents will do their bit. Let the best person win.