Society

Randomness

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Its been so long since my last article.

Sometimes life goes on so fast that u really have no clue as to what’s happening around you and some things just need to take a back seat, whereas on the other hand sometimes life takes such a slow pace that you are content, you are relaxed but you tend to become stagnant, you want to push yourself for something, or anything perhaps but you just can’t. there’s no explanation to this, it just happens and when it does, it’s all puddled up.

Well, this has been pretty much the case with me since my last visit. Didn’t know what i was doing or what was happening or what was to happen next, I was just going with the flow and then i just stopped as if panting for breath after running miles and miles of distance.

First it was the final year of my BDS and it was really a tough one. I really had no time at all to shift my focus of attention to anything else. It was a whorl wind around me and I had no clue what I was doing and how was I going to pull through. Then all of a sudden there was this panic stricken atmosphere because of sudden announcement of exams. Me and every person around me were like bullet trains which were speeding all over the place and had no time to think about anything in the world.

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It all came, happened and then went away as a swift whiff of wind. First few days after the exam were a relief and were filled with immense tranquility. Then as days passed by holidays happened and I was busy enjoying myself. Gradually, I settled at home and realised that there was an emptiness in the atmosphere but still just couldn’t pull myself up to do something constructive.

I dont know why am I writing all this but I just feel like writing all of this down and the entire point of all of this, as it seems, is that the randomness of this very article reflects the randomness of past few months of my life .

But today I just felt, I don’t know how and why but I just felt, so I did that is to write it down what all I had been feeling but then now I feel blank and I do know why?

The answer is that my feelings were indeed, BLANK these past few months.

Society

Enamored India by “Modi”fied Politics

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After a landslide victory of the Bhartiya Janta Party, in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the government has a huge mountain of expectations to deal with.

The ‘shock & awe’ campaign led by the prime minister to be “Narendra Modi” has raised a huge cumulation about the future prospects regarding the nation, which is a great challenge for the government.

The affable persona of NaMo has sown a seed of adulated promise and a malefic vista among the common people. The prognostications made by Narendra Modi regarding amelioration of the nation substantiated on the basis of the Gujarat model has a towering mickle of hopes which he has to mould and shape.

The emerged leader and hope of the Indian masses, the one name that rose to heights above the stature of the party, the hero of the historic 2014 elections – Narendra Modi, has not even sworn in as the prime minister of India, and the people have already betted their notions and aspirations on him. He is being looked up as a ‘magic wand’ that will wipe off the misery and trouble and create an India which they have woolgathered.

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The NaMo government has  a lot on their plates:

a). Women Safety: In the current situation, women are the most insecure and restoring the dignity of women and ensuring their safety is the biggest responsibility of the new government.

b). Proper Education System: The entire education system is flooded with corruption. Donations at every level, unjustified reservations have resulted in the exemption of the right candidates from their deserving positions and  has added to the youth insatisfaction and aggression. This is a great problem for the coming government as the PM to be, in his declamations during the election campaign, has profoundly promised to employ a mushrooming young work force and has also pledged faster growth and new infrastructure.

c). National rail and road infrastructure: The country is facing a defunct rail and road infrastructure. The trains are never on time and there are so many incidences of broken railway lines leading to major accidents and millions of lives are lost just due to the ignorance of the authorities. So is the case with roads in the country. I can very well site an example of my own city, Kanpur, where every road has been dug out but is never restored to function. There is no proper traffic management and there is chaos everywhere.

This is the most basic demand of a city which is so faltered. The new government definitely has a major role to play as many cities are facing such a plight.

d). Electricity Issues: Power cuts are a malignant disease of the urban civilization. Power cut hours are much more than the number of hours that electricity is supplied. There is no use of technological advancements at the household level as fridge, TVs, microwave, etc are mere boxes without electricity supply.

These are just the ground level problems of the masses in general, but the country is cordoned with other hulk of problems like poor economic condition. Revival of the slumping economy is a major gainsay for the regime. Impossible expectations are rising on the right-winger’s free market – “Modinomics”.

Currently India is crushed by a stagflation as the growth is crushed to 4.6% from 9% two years ago. India has inflexible hire and fire labor laws which discourages employers from taking in new workers.

These are immense national problems which are a high tide for the country and has to be efficiently dealt with.

Modi’s mantra of minimum government and maximum governance marks a watershed departure from the socialist course set up by the first PM of India – Jawaharlal Nehru after independence from Britain.

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The eclectic and charismatic persona of Narendra Modi which has perked up the country’s momentum and ignited a hope for a glorious future among the people, has been contrasted starkly against the existing despair and jeopardy of the former government, by the Bhartiya Janta Party. This “Modi”fication of BJP has brilliantly swept all votes in it’s favour and brought it to power, but the government will have to act crisp and smart and introduce rapid reforms to maintain it’s current position and popularity, as the people are brimming with agitation and also a hope for a MODI reform. 

 

Society

No Strings Attached!!

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Love is a companionship, it is an unconditional and magical bond that brings together two souls and unites them in an unassailable relationship. Every kinship should be built upon true love as only true love posseses the magnetism that unifies two completely seperate entities and creates a single heart that beats for the one emotion that embelishes this entire cosmos.

“True Love is knowing a person’s

faults and loving them even more for them”

Love is an unremmiting emotion and from times immemorial it has changed it’s face but the soul has remained incessant. Human mind is a complex and intricate network of thoughts and has always been conducive to the complexity of this entire eternal spirit.

The society has always recognised the love between a man and a woman in the form of a social and legal identity. Love has multiple forms – the love of a mother for her child, the love between a brother and a sister or that between friends and none of these forms are dependent upon legal accreditation but the love between a man and a woman and their decision to live together and share lives together has always been influenced and directed by social and legal acceptance.

History of Indian society indicates that the relationship between two people of opposite sexes has to thrive for its rightful existence. In the earlier days, elders of the family used to propose and adjudicate a relationship based on their wisdom and judgment and their children entered the matrimonial brobdingnagian with the blessings and support of their elders.

As times changed, the outlook and perspective of the society towards a marriage alliance changed. There was a time when even a love marriage used to raise a huge hue and cry in this conservative Indian society but as the times have changed, people have begun to accept the strong emotion shared by the two people who have to strive tirelessly to yield a name and respect for their relationship.

“Love is composed of a single

soul inhabiting two bodies”

Many people share different set of thoughts for live in relationships but being an educated youth of this country, I personally feel that beyond a certain throttle, live-in relationships are not justified.

1). Commitment Phobic: The reason why these people choose to live in is that some part of their character is not ready for commitment to the other partner.
Probably, they think that being married makes it difficult to walk out and divorce is a costly affair. Due to some hitch of the past experiences, they live under a constant fear that giving a commitment to their relationship destructs the alliance.

The live-in concept has made the youth of today weak and washy and they are losing faith in this great institution of marriage.

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2). Compatibilty Test: Many of them also live in to try their relationship against the test of time. This is a great opine in my view, as this gives the couple a prospect to evaluate themselves and their comfort level together. It gives them a chance to assess their companionship.

Marriage is a great responsibility and it can be accomplished only if both the partners are completely devoted to each other. Thus, live in can be regarded as a heedful step prior to marriage. Although, in this regard, live in does help the couple to understand each other and to take the most important decision in life  to get married but it should only be limited to a sufficient length of time as more and more delay only leads to  fallacy of  kinship and eventually contributes to a commitment phobic attitude within the couple.

3). Living In with a Married Tag: Whilst many of the youngsters freely admit their relationship status to the world, but some wish to hide their ‘live in’ status and pretend to be married due to societal pressure. This leads to increased tensions and friction in their lives.

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Despite the stigma attached to them, live in relationships are on a rise.

In a way, these relationships are a ‘marriage of convenience‘ or probably a ‘marriage of compatibility‘ rather than a ‘marriage of commitment‘. Live in cohabitation is based only on the promiscuity between the couple, but in a traditional marriage, along with social bondage, intimacy plays a key role. when passion wanes, a live in couple may call it off but marriage makes couples face and fight problems in a relationship and eventually strengthens the marriage.

To sum it up, I would say that lack of legal sanctity in a non-marital cohabitation makes the live in partnership fragile and leads to increasing mistrust in a combined alliance among the youth.  

Society

Expletive Times: Ballot Politics

 

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Being a young girl of 21, I admit that I took little pursuit of politics and matters pertaining to national importance until now. Zoom attracted me more that Aajtak, latest fashion trends and planet bollywood was more of a priority than the elections but since 1 year I have been witnessing a change in my persona. I have started to see, care, feel and even argue about the society. I have been nurturing within myself a hope of reform and a realization that as an educated youth of India, I owe a duty towards it.

Since 21 years, I have enjoyed all the rights and freedom that this great democracy offers its citizens. I have been a part of this cultural heritage but never quite thought of the reasons for the decline of this great nation. Through my writings, I hope to instill within myself as well as millions of Indian youngsters like me, a feeling of positivity and responsibility towards this land where we have framed our personalities.

A democracy like India, being the largest in the world always looks forward to a political party or a coalition of many parties for the end of all the problems plaguing it, at the time of elections.

From schools, we start learning that caste system is an evil and it is indeed a termite that has eaten away our unity and created an abyss between us. India is a secular country, but today this statement is only limited to a piece of paper. In reality, We, the people of India are struggling to pull each other down, we are fighting among ourselves only for one reason – caste differences, but what we all forget is that above all, we are all Indians and are all alike.

I will not be moving towards the chasm that has been created between us because we are all very well aware of that but often, we do forget that all this causes
India to fall in this chasm. Elections are just round the corner, and all the political organizations have submitted their candidatures, a clear analysis of which has shocking results. So many organizations have offered  election tickets to known criminals who have serious crimes charged against them like murder, kidnapping, loot and even sexual abuse.

The Indian constitution says : Innocent until proven guilty. Accepted but if we look deeply into the matter, our jails house 4 lac criminals on an average, out of which atleast 15% have not been proved guilty but they are behind the bars and 4 of their fundamental rights are denied. Here’s the pun, the known bahubalis earn tickets to contest elections very easily. They, themselves submit affidavits which is an evidence of the crimes and trials against them and yet are allowed to contest elections. The law plunderers are made the law makers!! Such is the plight of this country.

Now, the question arises why do we, the voters, who desperately want a change, vote for these criminals and hand over a seat to them which they misuse for worsening our situation?

The answer lies within ourselves.

1). We are guided by our castes. Even today, after so many years of independence, when our country has witnessed so much progress, this monster of castism still resides in our hearts and does not allow us to seek reason in our choices. When it comes to voting, 90% of the Indians, who have already accepted that each and every politician is a cheat, feels that they should vote for a cheat who belong to their castes and here’s the greatest flaw of our citizenry who do not even want to investigate for a right candidate and such a weakness is made use of by the organizations and we, ourselves place these criminals in the parliament.

2). Yet another reason for such bahubalis to gain power is that voters are lured by a petty amount of money. Mindlessly, the voters think of a virtual benefit for themselves. These felons buy the voters by offering them  money, but don’t you feel that for once, there is a need to cogitate about the source of this money that is showered by them. They plunder the county and bestow their black money on us. It’s like looting an ocean and offering a small bucket of water.

The money that they offer is the price that they bid for our precious votes. This does not do any good. Neither societal, nor, any personal gain is accomplished.

Voting is our fundamental right and we should empathize that our vote can make a difference to our country. We are the educated youth of this nation and this is our duty to take active participation in the politics of our own country.

We are so well accustomed with Facebook and whenever we receive a friend request, we make sure to go through every detail of the sender’s profile to decide whether the sender should be provided access to us or no. If we can be so active and responsible at a social networking site then why not for our country? Why can’t we go through the entire political manifesto of the candidates contesting elections from our constituency, and discuss about their works and contributions and then make a wise decision to caste our vote.

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The day the citizenry feels responsible and seeks beyond castism and petty monetary pleasures for the golden future of the res publica, the corruption, the exploitation, the larceny will cease by itself and we will live in a new India, the India of our dreams.

                                                        “If we need a change,

                                                     we need to be the change.”

Movies

Ab Tak……Bollywood

The fresh, innocent, explicit and altruistic love between a prince and gypsy girl, when descended on the silver screen for the first time, the audience was amazed and this pious love story won over a million hearts. This was the first time ever in the history of Indian cinema, that the screens could speak, laugh, cry and sing with their audiences. ‘Alam Ara’ by Ardeshir Irani was the first vocal Indian film and then Indian cinema never looked back and moved forth not leaving any stone unturned.

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This was the glorious black and white era of Hindi cinema. This era saw the stardom and showmanship. With the passing years, Bollywood matured and displayed it’s creative genius in every possible genre. This period witnessed the launch of the epic R.K Films with the release of Barsaat, a romantic drama, which went on to become a great hit. There were films with a social message relevant at the time. There were some of the most memorable movies (Jugnu, Awara, Aaj aur Kal, Pather Panchali) featuring maven actors of the time (Guru Datt, Dilip Kumar, Raj Kapoor, Mehboob Khan, Balraj Sahni, Bimal Roy, Meena Kumari, Madhubala, Dev Anand and Manoj Kumar). The release of ‘Mother India’ brought the character of a mother at center of stage and carried Bollywood across the oceans, the movie was nominated for Oscar. This era also witnessed the release of the epitome of impregnable love – K Asif’s ‘Mughal-e-azam’. It kicked start a trail of romantic movies.

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With the splendid black and white era coming to an end, there was a burst of color at the celluloid and Bollywood was emblazoned in every possible color, from Raj Kapoor’s ‘Sangam’ ceding the color of love and friendship there was Chetan Anand’s ‘Haqeequat’ which dissipated the energetic colors of patriotism on the screen through a strong subject of wars. The first ever superstar of Indian cinema – Rajesh Khanna bedazzled the screen with his debut in ‘Aakhri khat’ and rose to prominence with some of his exceptional work in films like ‘Anand’, ‘Aaradhna’, ‘Sacha jhutha’, Aan milo sajna’ and ‘Dushman’. The Bollywood megastar – ‘The Angry Young Man’ also emanated during this period and gave some of the blockbuster hits like ‘Sholay’ and ‘Deewar’.

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Film makers like Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Basu Chatterjee and Gulzar changed the face of Indian cinema with new techniques and approach. Several women directors like Aparna Sen, Prema Karnath and Meera Nair also came to light during this time. This was an epoch which saw parallel cinema emerging as a kernel of natural endowment with actors like Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi, Om Puri and Smita Patil.

With the devolving time, Bollywood was insolated by the three dynamic khans – Salman, Shahrukh and Aamir. The 1990s ushered a mixed genre of romantic, thrillers, action and comedy movies. Technology gave way to Dolby Digital sound effects, special affects, choreography and Bollywood reached International boundaries.

“An ethereal beauty with her airy coiffure flaunting her wet saree fluttering in a breezy mise en scene,

slow motion dances and exotic romances.”

The King of Romance – Yash Chopra, redefined amorous passion on the silver screen. The 21st century movies like Hum Aapke Hain Koun, Dil Wale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Dil Chahta Hai had a global mass appeal. There was prominent bulging of sheer talent. The years 2002-2013, brought influx of prominent Indian Corporate films such as Zee, UTV, Adlabs which jumped into the Bollywood bandwagon to produce and distribute films. This era marked multiplex culture and explicated the difference between a hit and a blockbuster. Some of the benchmark movies of this era are ‘Swades’, ‘MunnaBhai MBBS’, ‘Rang De Basanti’, ‘Omkara’, ‘3 Idiots’, ‘My Name is Khan’, ‘A Wednesday’, ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’, etc with actors like Hrithik Roshan, Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra, Parineeti Chopra, Arjun Kapoor, Ranvir Singh, Shahid Kapoor etc who are repleting with freshness and experimentations.

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Today, Bollywood has come a long way,  from ‘Pyaar hua ikraar hua‘ in ‘Sri 420‘ where a simple, shy Nargis clad in a saree sharing an umbrella with the love of her life emanating the radiance of unsaid love to the confident dance moves of Deepika Padukone in ‘Ramleela‘ unabashedly declaring her love.   The journey has been incredible, from the theatres performances to the Oscar nominations. The silver screen has witnessed it all – ups and downs, hits and flops in theses 101 golden years. The audience over decades has laughed, cried, sung and even danced with these movies and they are indeed an integral part of our lives.

Society

Torso Trade: Nauseating the society

‘300 rupees per shift’ Sex workers Investigation into 10 Delhi sex workstations.

Majority from rural areas, Prostitution treated like business.

In a patriarchal society, women are treated like sex objects who have no emotions or feelings and this practice doesn’t only prevails in modern India but dates back to the ancient civilizations.

Even in ancient India, there was a practice of  Nagarvadhus to sing and dance as ‘brides of the towns’. There are examples of :-

1).Amrapali, state courtesan and Buddhist disciple described in Vaishali Ki Nagarvadhu by Acharya Chatursen and

2). Vasantsena, a character in classic Sanskrit story of Mricchakatika, written in 2nd century BC by Sudraka.

These examples clearly illustrate the status of women in the society, which was nothing more than objects to entertain men. This vile business of prostitution has devastated the lives of so many women and is widespread in India, although it is a contentious issue. The ministry of women and child development reported the presence of over 3 million female sex workers in India, with 35.47% of them entering the trade before the age of 18 years.

So many girls and women are dragged into this trade because of their low socio-economic status. Their lives are ruined and they are left with no other alternative but being drawn centripetally into this vicious circle.

“I was ten years old when my parents got me married to a man, much older than me. I was oblivious to the duties of a wife. I didn’t know what sex was and my menstrual cycle had not started. My husband forced me to have sex with him. He would beat me and starve me for days. He started having illicit relations with my sister-in-law. My objections were met with further torture. When I couldn’t bear it anymore, I left his house and went back to my parents.When I was 11, my mother started having physical relations with a man in my father’s absence. We were very poor and my father had to struggle to fill our stomachs. When my mother came to know about that man, she kept quiet. One day she asked me to go to a local pujari to have sex with him. “He will give us food to eat if you do certain favors for him,” she said. I started going to him and he gave us atta, dal and other eatables in return for sleeping with him. This went on for a long time. My mother started getting men to the house. I was 12 years old then.

When my father came to know about this incident, he beat me up and tried to strangulate me. In a fit of anger I left my house and went to my relative’s house in search for a job. My aunt promised me a job in Pune. She brought me to Pune and sold me to a gharwali (brothel-keeper) for 500 Rs. That moment changed my whole life and attached the tag of a prostitute to me.”
All the women who work here have their own stories with one thing in common: no one has come here out of their own choice!!!!!!

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This is a deplorable story of a woman who is chained into the clutches of this system and is waiting to be liberated and breathe in fresh air but no one even looks upto her. Such women are sold and made victims of human trafficking. A man surpasses a woman in our society.  How strange  it is that a woman cannot understand another woman.

These women need a broad outlook of the society towards them. It has to be accepted that these women do not opt for such a life, rather they are driven into such circumstances by force.

Due to lack of respect and resources, such women are exploited by their clientele and are also subjected to violence. Statistics reveal that more than 65%of STDs are found in such individuals.

These victims suffer so much hardship without any evidence of existence. Many legislatures have been passed by the government in an attempt to safeguard the rights of these women, but in vain.

Prostitution has been legalized, but, in my point of view, this legalization has only added to the misery by promoting the trade in torso but it still doesn’t reach out to those helpless women who are waiting to be released to have a chance at a normal life.

Prostitution has become such a complex network where pimps and babus sell helpless and poor women for monetary benefits. Thus, a question arises in every mind that ‘Is the legalization of prostitution the correct way to safeguard the rights of prostitutes?’

Answer: In my opinion, prostitution, i.e. trading a woman’s body, is an unjustified practice which has hollowed out the society by acting as a termite and has destroyed the dignity of a woman.

From centuries, women have been used and reused by men for their sexual pleasures. In such circumstances, legalization of prostitution in a way promotes such inhuman practices.

Therefore, legislations should be made which ensure the protection(social, economic and health) of victims of human trafficking and provide them an alternate and socially acceptable, dignified means of living.    

Society

Spinning the golden yarn: Weaving Women Empowerment

The serene and calm waters of the oceans hold the gravest secrets of the world under their mysterious depths. The depths that are waiting to be explored and explode out their contents and plunge the world with their solemnity.

Having discussed about the hollow ideologies of the Indian Political System towards women empowerment, I realised that extraneously we can promiscously make all sorts of judgements about the faults of the prevailing system but it is so difficult to think of the reforms that can bring about a massive change.

It is the need of the hour to bring about a shift in the current thought process of the Indian politics where women have been used as mere “Rubber Stamps” that act as weapons to “Empower” the bureaucrats and not themselves.

It is time now for the storm to come and for the serene water to lose its tranquility and rise beyond the horizon, to leave behind the dry deserts and seek the green pastures.

It has been very long since women have been oppressed and downtrodden. Crimes against females have greatly increased and are constantly increasing. The juggernaut of this system is ever expanding and spreading it’s vile clutches. Female foeticide, Infanticide and sexual abuse are only some of the cases, however there are so many crimes prevailing in the society and women are subjected to such activities daily without any one to hear their cries. It is time to prune these atrocities and work for the betterment of our women.

1). Basic Education is the right of every Indian and it should be made free and mandatory to every child and especially the girl child.

As they say “To educate a man, you educate a person; To educate a womam, you educate a family”

Education is the most basic step for the growth of any sector/class of the society.

2). Reducing Drudgery: Women do not have time for development. They are the first to rise and last to go to bed. They work twice as hard as men do.

Investments in day care centres, grain mills, wheeled carts, etc can free up women’s time for training, leadership and new enterprises.

3). Right to Awareness: Many of the world’s most impoverished women are confined to their household. They lack the mobility and freedom of association and have no oppurtunity to learn their rights.

Organising door to door awareness programs and arranging for group talks among women of the community can help them learn and exercise their right.

4). Equal Leadership: Women are denied a voice in the decisions that influence their lives.

A woman’s journey in finding the leadership voice can be greatly accelerated by mentoring, building an organised constituency among women of the community and building federation with other women leaders.

5).Financial Services: Access to financial services is a basic fundamental right. Even now, the rural women and denied of this right as they lack a proper education system that can structure their skills and help them to exercise this right.

6). Health Services: So many women are denied of this right as their are no proper facilities to attend to women health care.

By expanding the number of nurses and mid wives, providing them with a suitable clinic, housing, basic supplies and regular supervisions can meet vast majority of the unmet medical needs.

7). Halting Child Marriage as it cuts short a girl’s education and freedom of choice.

8). Prosecuting gender based violence: In many cultures, domestic violence is endemic and nearly always occurs with impunity.

These are only some of the crisis that prevail in our country, however there are many more problems that have to be dealt with and nipped in the bud itself.

The empowerment and autonomy of women and empowerment of their political, social, economic and health status is a highly important and essential responsibilty. It is also important for a sustainable development. The full participation and partenership of women and men is required in productive and reproductive life including shared responsibilties for the care and nurturing of the society.

Society

Women Empowerment or Tokenism

The 2014 elections portray an altogether fresh picture of Indian political scenario.
The two top political parties of Indian politics, today are challenged by the uproaring AAP  and this party has proved its mettle very soon by winning the Delhi elections and the has shook the entire system.

The elections are just next door now and not unlike every year the parties have their different campaigns and the agenda that I feel deserves focus is the WOMEN EMPOWERMENT issue launched by the so called “Youth Leader”of the congress party, Mr. Rahul Gandhi(aged 44).

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Mr. Gandhi compels us to reflect upon this issue that is this really women empowerment or is it simply TOKENISM?

One side of the coin clearly shows the face of Indian politics where women have a very strong and active participation in politics. Mrs. Sonia Gandhi, leader of one of the major political parties of India; Mrs. Sushma Swaraj, the leader of opposition in Lok Sabha; Jayalalitha and Mamta Bannerjee are women chief ministers of Indian States, and these women have indeed proved that women are no longer behind men in way as far as administration is concerned.

 

But the other side of the coin also can’t be avoided which reflects the real face of Indian polity.
Rahul Gandhi can very easily talk of his mother and grand mother as examples of women who have ruled the country and by this he intends to strengthen his point for women empowerment but the ground reality is that these women have come from a very strong political background and it had not at all been difficult for them to join politics as it was an open channel for them but the fact that should be noted here is that by women empowerment, we do not talk of these women who have access to all the power since the beginning.And why talk only of politics, be it any field, if we talk about Twinkle Khanna and Suzzene Khan owning a famous designer furniture brand or Gauri Khan being a co partner of Red chillies entertainment, we do not bring out the actual concept of women empowerment. By women empowerment, we mean the empowerment of those women who have the talent and the merits but lack the access and contacts to bring about a change. By this concept, we mean to revolutionise the social standing and integrity of the real face of Indian woman – the woman who has to travel by local transport, who has to fight against the daily evils of the society and stand up for her family against all odds. If we can bring about a change in the condition of this woman who is the actual representative of Indian woman, then we have actually brought about women empowerment.

Coming back to women empowerment in politics, what our youth leader, Rahul Gandhi strongly claims of, there are only 59 MPs in the Lok Sabha, so all the big and bold arguments of women participation in politics are futile.
Even though, there are women reserved seats, but the reality is very different. Women are only made the face if the electoral campaign as a candidate but the real powers are vested with the male members of their family. They remain to be a rubber stamp and their powers are exercised by the male members – clear example of tokenism.

Moreover, women even today have to face hurdles of sexual exploitation to reach a higher position in politics.

 

The current system in India needs to be altered n such a way that it empowers women to voluntarily enter the political arena without any fear and repercussions.

Society

Indian system towards women

Today’s woman of India is a new age woman. She is free thinking, independent, brimming with confidence, intelligent, decision maker and powerful. This is how we define the Indian woman of today. After so many years of independence, we talk about educational reforms and revolution that has been witnessed in the country in these years but when we talk about the independence of the Indian woman, it is certainly a myth.

How, is the question, can we even imagine our girls free and safe in this big and so called “Emerging Superpower” when at every corner of the road or shall we say even in the crowded market place, there is a sick mentality that is ready to pounce on every opportunity to fulfil its evil desires.

Today, every girl in this country is under the fear that she might not be the next victim of atrocious and barbarous acts of downtrodden and socially sick people. Every other day we hear in the news that a girl is raped and the system is slapped on its face by the criminals every now and then.

They ask us, the citizenry, to be strong and alert and report of crime at the police stations but what use is it when the police sleeps all the way and criminals have had a narrow escape. There are official reports wherein such cases have been reported of at the police stations and either the police registers an FIR and forgets about it or simply refuses to even write an FIR. Not just the police, also the judiciary is not functional and such girls and their families fail to get justice. According to reliable statistics, only 3.5% cases of rape cases reported in the courts have got complete justice and the rest have either been denied of justice or are just pending.

I ask of all those law makers who seek our votes to improve the condition of this vast nation, is it not enough serious matter for you to be strict against such insane and atrocious acts and should not the system be held responsible for the rising heads of these low lives who think they can anytime attack an innocent young bud and crush it with their filthy hand?

We definitely need an answer this time and they need to realise it soon enough that if can can get them to power, we can also take the power in our hands and help ourselves.The youth if today is not weak and if they refuse to grant us our rights, we know how to snatch it from them.

Society

Insight Into Waste Management

“Oh beautiful for smoggy skies, insecticided grain, for striped mountains majesty above the asphalt plains.

World, world! man sheds his waste upon thee, and hides the spines with billboard signs, from sea to oily sea.”

Waste is a pertinent issue of the world today. The upsurge of urbanization, although, has brought majestic development with it, but has also plunged the world in great debt of dealing with magnanimous problem of management of such a waste created by us.

Today, the huge amount of waste generated through various household and industrial processes have hazardous effects on human and environmental health.

“Waste not the smallest thing created, for grains of sand mountains and atomies infinity.”

Our environment is immesurably deteoriated by such wastes and quality of life is adversely affected. Not to mention the vast majority of problems covered by this spectrum, some of which include -:

a). Sanitation issues

b). Increased risk for cancers

c). Industrial wastes include heavy metals like mercury and lead which has long term adverse effects on human health.

Industrialization and urbanization are surely a boon to the world, but they bring such tremendous after effects that it is very important to create a harmonious balance between urban progress and sustainable development.

Such responsibility is not only vested with the government, but also should be latched up at an indivisual level, thus accomplishing our duties towards mother earth and also to our nation.

1). At the grass root level, we should all follow segregation of solid and liquid wastes at source. For proper handling of waste products, the solid waste (plastics, glass, etc) and liquid wastes (vegetables and other household wastes) should be treated seperately.

2). Landfills are a very common and ancient method of waste disposal and management. It is important to use the landfills intelectually and effectively bring out the best of this extremely affordable method of waste management.

An example of such a use of landfill has been demonstrated by Dr. S.R. Maley, who has very effeciently struck the right cord and reduced a towering garbage hill in a dumping ground located in the suburbs of Mumbai city and converted it into cultivable lands through his judicious use of natural fertilisers and the concept of the 3 Rs (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle).

3). The garbage can be treated and converted into biogas, is a well known fact but what is amazing to know is that 1 ton of garbage can be made equivalent to 2 LPG cyllinders.

4). Biodegradable wastes ideally should be composted and this practice can be undertaken very easily and efficiently at household level and only requires a very small piece of land.

Composting produces very fertile manure which is very good for the growth of all kinds of plants.

5). A very intriguing research by Prof. Vasudevan has been brought to light. He has incorporated plastics into the process of building roads which are much more resilient than the ordinary roads and have been reported to last for a minimum of 10 years without any cracks.

6). Even animals play a highly significant role in the practice of converting human refuse into tremendously useful natural products of human use.

There are many defaulters in the list of waste management and so are there many success stories , a few of which have been mentioned above.

By this particular piece of writing, I intend to draw a basic outline in the minds of the readers, of the importance and impact of waste reduction procedures on the world. I also personally feel that this is a very crucial issue having a significant potential for magnificial development throughout the world if dealt with properly. Therefore it deserves the grandness of one and all as in some way or the other, it really touches the lives of every living being on this earth.