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How a campaign is breaking notions of discrimination in the minds of youngsters amidst the BIMARU image of a hollow Bihar

While CYC’s Samjho Toh Express was running on time throughout the nation, the Express reached well in time at Bihar as well.

Centre for Social Equity and Inclusion (CSEI) organized the junction event with the Samjho Toh Express campaign, 9 month long campaign initiated in 14 states by Commutiny -The Youth Collective which broke religious and social stereotypes amongst thousands of youngsters from diverse social, economic and religious backgrounds has been launched with a vision to bring all the youths together from different backgrounds, to explore and understand each other beyond labels and stereotypes, in Bihar.

The epicenter of the event revolved around the deep crevices that have crept in the structure of gender, religion and caste there. And the ones affected most by this sort of disintegration was youngsters. To bring in the wave of understanding, CSEI started pairing youngsters across diverse spectrums. And, the results which came along were unprecedented.

Shazeen, a girl from Bihar, was paired with a boy Anil during the Friendship Junction in Bihar. Despite having major differences across gender, religion and caste, the friction in the pair soon turned into a deep friendship. Their interactions gave way to new understanding. During the manzil event, the officials were surprised and delighted at the same time to see the changeover among the two participants.

The Manzil event turned out to be a wonderful exhibit of thoughts that young minds came up with. “While old scars of lineal discrimination has always embedded a deep inhibition in the minds of youngsters of Bihar, CYC’s Samjho toh Express fought this by creating a safe 5th space to give a strong platform for the young minds to question such discrimination. “, says Upendra from CSEI Bihar.

The entire campaign has surely proved out to be a turning point for many youngsters in Bihar. It has not only giving them a new approach towards social issues but has also provided them with a positive lens to develop a benign psycho-social view of societal understanding. CSEI along with the Samjho toh Express gave the young there a strong foundation for a bright future and opened a door to bring a revolutionary change in the society.

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