• Life Without Barriers

    Contributed by: Arun Nayan Singh Imagine, you are 19. One day you wake up and realize that you can’t see. And you have no experience around the blind before. However, you decide to go about your life. People tell you that the blind can only make cane furniture or chalk pieces or be a telephone operator. And you think, they might be wrong. That is the story of Divyanshu Ganatra, the first blind Indian to paraglide solo, a psychologist and the founder of Adventures Beyond Barriers Foundation (ABBF) and Yellow Brick Road. He visited the IIMB campus to deliver a motivational talk, organized by Office of Disability and Entrepreneurship and…

  • In Conversation with the Differently Abled Champions who Live Among Us

    Interviewed: Eshaan Kudtarkar, Himanshu Mittal, Jagadeesh Muthusamy, Pratap Bala and Prof. Rajaluxmi V Murthy Edited By: J K Varshika December 3rd is recognized as the International Day of Disability across the globe. Although we shouldn’t really need a specific day to recognize the magnitude of mettle that these people show on a regular basis, it is still worth to dedicate a day to celebrate their strength of character. Being at IIM Bangalore gives you an even deeper respect and appreciation to these community of people, given that the institution takes in persons from such backgrounds as well, trying to give them as much of equal opportunity as possible. You may…

  • The Celebration of Pride

    Contributed By: Abhishek Ghosh Edited By: Arun Nayan Singh Love. That universal feeling that defies definition. We’ve all looked for it in stolen letters in school, late night walks on campus and increasingly, on dating apps. It’s a feeling that starts first within yourself, for how can you share affection with anyone, if you don’t believe you yourself are worthy of it in the first place? The celebration of Pride is to turn something that is shameful into your very source of pride. We at QUEst, are committed to ensuring everyone at IIMB should bring their true selves to the forefront, without fear of judgment. A world of acceptance of…

  • “I am what I am, so take me as I am”

    Contributed By: Shivam Gupta Edited By: J K Varshika It took 18 long years, for the courts to finally do what was needed. Since the first time Naz Foundation filed a PIL in the Delhi High Court in 2001, till 6th September 2018, when the Hon. Supreme Court finally gave the historic verdict. Much has been written about this judgement, but how does it affect me as an LGBTQ person? India’s higher judiciary has always shown the way whenever there has been a conflict about the right thing to do, and as such, the law is the first step to affect an overall change in the mindsets of the people.…

  • How We Need to do our Bit to Start the Conversation about LGBTQIA Rights

    Contributed By: Malti Gupta Edited By: Chandrasekhar Muramalla Stereotypes and discrimination towards LGBTQIA is very prevalent in Indian society but we hope that the current generation of the elite can bring a change with their greater social consciousness. It’s important for these future business managers and leaders to engage in such discussions to prevent the biases in recruitment, boardroom decisions, framing policies while creating an inclusive culture at their workplace. Taking this into consideration, IIM Bangalore observed Pride Month this year through its Diversity and Inclusion club – QUEst IIMB – with much gusto and it ended on a great note with an informal discussion on Queer identities on 30th…

  • It’s Time We Listened to the Unheard Voices!

    “When I was in college, my friends were curious to find out what a sex organ of a transgender looks like. They gheraoed me in the bathroom and started pulling out my clothes. After an hour of putting up a resistance, I was raped. Covered in semen, I went to the principal and demanded justice. His reply was ‘If only you had behaved more like a man, this would not have happened.’” “Most people tell me that people are offset by the anomaly that is us. Our behavior irks them. But have you questioned why we are like this? We only want to be loved and accepted. When the society…

  • Blind Cricket League and a look at inclusivity at IIMB

    “There is no greater disability in the society, than the inability to see a person as more.”                                                                                                                                        ~ Robert M. Hensel IIM Bangalore is soon set to be the battle arena for the 4th season of the Blind Cricket League. Over 320 “visually impaired” cricketers, participating from 16 districts of Karnataka, are set to stump the audience with their sportsmanship at the Blind Cricket League. The event is being organized by the IDL Foundation and the final match will be co-hosted by Vikasana, a social service initiative by students of IIM Bangalore and the sports council of IIMB. In the run up to the event, we decided to talk…

  • QUEst IIMB – KASHISH Forward Campus Film Festival

    -Nikita Garg Student Coordinator, QUEst Senior Coordinator, Student Media Cell PGP 2016-18 Embracing diversity is a key requirement for any campus of higher learning. IIM Bangalore, as a community, has been striving to be more inclusive of people from diverse academic backgrounds and of minorities in terms of sex and physical ability. Having created an inclusive campus for persons with disability and moving the needle onto gender diversity (26% in the batch of 2016), IIM Bangalore seeks to lead the way to inclusive campuses, encouraging difficult conversations on LGBTQ and other forms of diversity. QUEst IIMB, a student-led interest group aimed at fostering meaningful conversations around diversity and inclusion issues, along…

  • Sign up to be an Ally for Diversity!

    “Labels are meant for clothes, not humans. Choose to be a better human, choose equality.” Tell us your story of standing up for the minority, or of an incident in which you admire an act of courage of someone from the minority community! To learn more, visit, https://www.facebook.com/questiim/ Diversity, but how much inclusion? QUEst, IIM, is a small initiative, through an interest group, to get people sensitised about minority communities in terms of gender, sexual orientation and physical ability. The snaps are from an Academic Counselling Seminar, held along with the Institute Counsellor, on 29th May, 2017. Check out the short quiz we have in the attached PPT, and assess how…

  • Why Hiring does not equal Inclusion: The Case of Women at the Workplace

    Organizations today boast of “breaking the glass ceiling” by hiring women in their top management. From articles spilled across the front-page of business magazines to interviews on leading channels, we see top CEOs talk about how explicit gender bias has widely disappeared from the workplace due to the implementation of stringent policies. But there is an unspoken truth behind the rosy picture. The hushed talks near the water cooler or the fleeting whispers at the conference room are a testimony to the status quo of women in corporates. The harsh reality is that women continue to struggle when they shouldn’t have to. But whom do we blame for the toxic…