A ‘Shiloka’ for change!

DECCAN CHRONICLE | POOJA PRABHAN
Published Jan 6, 2016, 11:44 pm IST
Updated Feb 23, 2016, 2:43 pm IST
This host of a radio channel is promoting a community initiative.
Shilok Mukkati (centre) with friends
 Shilok Mukkati (centre) with friends
In a bid to foster cohesion among the stratum that have slid into obscurity; Community-driven initiatives are fast emerging as one of the most powerful instruments of social transformation. We take a deeper look at the welcome change, as Shilok Mukkati, a 21- year-old old host of Radio Active CR 90.4 MHz tells us more
 
Juggling between regular college and talk shows, Shilok Mukkati, a final-year student from Jain University certainly has his hands full. But is he complaining? Well, it seems far from it. “I get to do what I’m passionate about. And if that means spending a little more time outside college, I’m game.” He quips. 
 
An active member of the LGBT, Shilok is an artistically-inclined youngster with a multitude of interests that vary from classical dancing to script writing. But it was his stint with Radio Active, which made him realise his true calling — communicating with the masses and addressing the woes of the downtrodden. “When I started getting actively involved with the LGBT community, I learnt that homosexuality is still not widely accepted in the country. A few youngsters from the LGBT community revealed how they faced a lot of pressure from the family front; owing to the stigma associated with homosexuality. Even among the educated, a lot find it hard to believe that homosexuality is a very natural phenomenon. And that’s when I decided to stand up as a voice and conduct shows- to educate and create awareness about how having a different sexual orientation is not a disease or a curse. I think the biggest takeaway of the platform was the very fact that I got to voice my angst against the so-called norms.”
 
However, the road less taken is, more often than not, fraught with obstacles. A lot of my acquaintances were initially skeptical about the idea. But I’m glad the efforts have paid off. 
 
“I think it’s about time that we have more forums for youngsters to speak up. It’s quite unfortunate that albeit we’ve evolved quite a lot as a nation, there’s still a lot of bias.” He says, adding, “Conducting talk shows has helped me develop a stronger perspective and a deeper understanding of how there needs to be greater awareness and acceptance. I hope to see more such platforms.” Bengaluru, are you all ears? 

 

 

 

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