The taste of freedom
Are we really free? What does freedom taste like? This is one question that remains unanswered for every single girl even after 66 years of our country’s independence.
Which freedom should we talk about? Leave alone the fundamental rights stated in the constitution, lately in our country there is not even the freedom to dress or walk anywhere one wants. Are you confused about what I am saying? I am speaking about the freedom which we women are still deprived of. Nelson Mandela said – "Freedom would be meaningless without security at home and in the streets." So is India’s freedom meaningless? Did we fight for nothing?
Women have proved themselves in every field – Sarojini Naidu, Bachendri Pal, Mother Teresa, Kalpana Chawla, Indra Nooyi , Kiran Bedi, Meira Kumar, Sania Nehwal, Lata Mangeshkar – the list is really long. And this is only about India. If I start mentioning global names, you will be astonished to have never even heard their names. Amazed? Not only the above names, there are several other women in numerous other career fields who have carved a niche for themselves. Still, women are considered to be weak, vulnerable and fragile. I admit that women aren’t physically comparable to men, but does that make her weak? Does any man have the capacity to bring a new life into this world?
I don’t have anything against men. I am not blaming our country or its laws. Neither am I trying to revolt against the society or its norms. I am just sad, heartbroken and utterly disappointed. Want to know why? A notice board in Ranchi stated – “If girls are seen wearing jeans or walking without dupattas, acid will be thrown on their faces” which was in accordance with the rules made by Jharkhand Mukti Morcha. Who has given them the right to even post such a notice? Why is nothing being done against them? Who is answerable here? There are many such questions that will always remain unanswered.
When a guy roams around the city in his super cool bike and returns home at 11 in the night, no questions are asked. But if a girl works the night shift at a call center, eyebrows are raised. Why? Bande kare to raas leela, Bandiyan kare to character dheela? I only ask people to free their minds. To broaden their thinking so that a healthy society exists where everyone is equal and each individual is given their due credit and life is valued. Parents should teach their sons to respect girls, not their daughters how to dress. The freedom to be educated, to have fun, to be happy and live life queen size is the right of every girl. Give it to her.
It is ironic that even Wikipedia search about ‘Women in India’ highlights dowry, female foeticide, women trafficking, molestation and other issues that show the weak and oppressed side of women. To consider a woman weak is the biggest mistake that can be made by a man. It is the patience, power of resilience, forgiving nature and a tender heart of a woman that makes a home. If she were to start asking her rights and freedom at every single instance of deprivation, family would only be a notion. She bears every pain with a smile on her face and a hope in her heart that all will be well, soon. These days’ girls are the ones who are supporting their parents in spite of being married. So why? Why are girls always considered to be less? Other than the rigid mentality of the society and orthodox mind set of the people, I haven’t been able to identify any new reason. When the youth of the 21st century have shown their capacity with their support in political reforms, then can’t we try bending our inflexible society?
I read a quote few days back which was –“The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off”. I gave a wry smile, thought in great depth and found this to be very evident. If I have offended anybody, then I am really glad today, not sorry at all. Freedom will come only to those who have the courage to fight for it. I am doing my part. Are you?
Admire, appreciate and love every woman in your life – daughter, mother, grandmother, sister, wife and friends. Let us try creating an independent India with independent minds.
P.S.: - I’m aware of the multitude questions posed in this post. If you want to have a discussion, feel free to leave a comment and I will get back to you. Your views are most welcome.
Jai Hind! \m/