Jyoti Singh, Jisha, Rohith Vemula or Swathi: All of these names are associated with incidents which triggered us, as a society, to sit up, take notice and speak out. In other words, their ordeal and deaths made us react.
But when you think about it, the underlying issues in each of these cases are not new: patriarchy, sexism, casteism, chauvinism, and a general desensitisation towards these deep-seated problems unless something disturbing and gruesome happens to shake us out of our stupor.
Three years after Tata Teaâs last Jaago Re advertisement, the campaign made a comeback with a new ad which tells Indians to pre-act and not just react.
It features young men and women sleeping (literally snoring in the ad) before the âalarmâ rings - a metaphor for the trigger incidents. With an angry Indian woman character as the protagonist, the message of the ad is, âwake up before the alarmâ.
Watch it here:
Shot in muted tones, the ad effectively points out the hypocrisy of the Indian society. The society conveniently turns a blind eye because âkisaan abhi maraa nahiâ, âbridge abhi gira nahiâ and ârape abhi hua nahiâ (The farmer hasnât died yet, the bridge hasnât fallen yet and the rape hasnât happened yet.)
But once it happens, the protagonist points out how we turn into activists: candle light marches, hunger strikes, WhatsApp messages, social media outrage and everything that has followed each the cases mentioned earlier.
The video ends with the idea that reacting is not enough and that status quo over existing problems is not okay.
The Jaago re campaign was first launched in 2008, reports Hindustan Times, and has taken up issues of corruption, womenâs empowerment and voting. Check out some of their older videos here: