Happy Women’s day

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On the occasion of International Women’s day I’d like to wish women in India and all over the world a Happy Women’s day. Undoubtedly, women in India have come a long way. They’ve become independent, self-sufficient, educated and empowered. They’ve proved themselves time and again as real heroes despite all the odds.

It’s however ironic that there were so many controversies revolving around women’s issues, just a couple of days before International women’s day. It all began with RSS questioning Mother Teresa’s motives behind her service. Mother Teresa served the poorest of the poor and the sick. Thousands of people do charity but she did the work personally, laying her bare hands on the sick. She was open and exposed to diseases.

She gave the sick a dignified death. Now, how many people would do that ? She brought recognition to India and placed India in the global map by her service. The world observed her hard work and then she was awarded. And now she is being accused of ulterior motives by a certain section, when her greatest religion was Humanity. 

Why talk about someone who is not physically present to defend herself ? Will the sick and poor really be bothered which community they are converted to when they don’t have food to eat or medicines to survive ? Besides Mother Teresa is canonised as a saint, that makes her sacred to the people belonging to the christian faith. Do they understand the relevance of canonisation in the christian community ?  Is it necessary to discuss about her when the discussion could have led to serious communal problems ? As a country aren’t we going through enough of turmoil ?

And now it’s the banned documentary of Nirbhaya’s rape case. I had a glimpse of the video to hear the accused – Mukesh Singh’s remarks on the issue. He spoke without a trace of guilt and shame which doesn’t come as a shock to me. But what shocked me was the lawyer’s remarks who is  supposedly “educated “. One rapist doesn’t  represent the mentality and morals of all the men in India, however we can’t ignore the fact that rapes have taken place in the past and are still taking place. Women in India still feel vulnerable.

I’m sure the government had reasons to ban the documentary which may be beyond my understanding but what concerns me more is what steps are being taken by the government to protect women ? As women we want more leaders to come forward and speak up on issues on women’s safety rather than slander women role models who have already departed doing good service. We’d prefer leaders to stop discussing topics that could instill communal violence. Let’s hope that these two controversies would prod the leaders to take steps to ensure a safer and secure India for our women folk. 

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  1. Happy Women Day. Women today call the shots and it’s a fact that they are more competent than men as leaders. However, it’s a tragedy that there is hard core mindset that use violence and assault against a woman. The cowardice attack against Mother Theresa and the rapists lawyers blaming Nirbhaya is so shameful.

  2. Peace in Nagaland:

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  3. A few years ago I had visited Amravati near Nagpur. An NRI I knew had for some years funded scholarships for hundreds of school going children. This was their annual meet. A day earlier we had visited an ashram for lepers in Amravati, started by a Hindu saint whose name I don’t remember. And that is the crux of this story.

    At the annual meet of these poor children receiving scholarships personally funded by their NRI benefactor, one of the invited guests was the city’s Catholic priest, who started speaking of M Teresa. The priest’s address was laced with bile at some alleged Brahmins in Calcutta who opposed Teresa, and how she had taken care of lepers. It was clear that Teresa or her Missionaries had done little for the lepers in Amravati, which had multiple ashrams started by Hindu benefactors and saints for their care. The one person who was really helping the children in this hour of need was the NRI, who funded their scholarships, and their travel to Amravati for the meet. He was himself a devout Hindu, who had spent several years translating Hindu sacred texts in a labour of love.

    It is the power of branding that the Church understands well. Even I couldn’t tell you the name of the local saint who started the Ashram at Amravati. There are thousands and thousands of Hindu organisations that work in India without name or fame or conversion agendas.

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