The weekend amateur blogger takes some liberty to write something on a weekday.
International Women’s day. Gone yesterday. People will not put up Facebook statuses, poems etc. on women. It seems to vanish in some moments!
When it come’s to giving equal rights to women we all are bound to tokenism. Mere symbols of empowerment! Some demand reservation, some demand X, some demand Y. But is anything happening on ground?
We have got some fabulous women leaders, some great astronauts, mathematicians, scientists, but why is it that we can count them on our fingers!?
India has been a place where the sages sang the verse
यत्र नार्यस्तु पूज्यन्ते
रमन्ते तत्र देवता:||
Where women are worshiped, there Gods shall dwell.
We are known for child marriage now, we are known for female infanticide, for dowry, for Sati ? Or we are known for women who empowered themselves.
We have examples aplenty!Look around you! Women politicians, artists, mathematicians , engineers , leaders! Then why are we retorting to mere symbolism in the name of feminism?
I beg your pardon for being too inquisitive, but these are question which so called feminists need to answer. When you talk about empowerment, whom do you want you to empower? The government, your fellow male colleagues? Who?
Yes. Men need to champion women, but not empower them. Who on earth is a man to empower a woman! Power of a woman is manifested in our culture when all the devatas were unable to kill the devil Mahishasur, they called the Shakti, Durga. When she shows the compassion to her family and children, she is Parvati. She brings in the knowledge and wisdom in form of Saraswati and prosperity in form of Lakshmi.
Now you see what symbolism looks like? No. Then read the above paragraph again.
In my humble opinion, we don’t need a symbolic one day to celebrate the women in our lives and “empower’ them.
For those who respect women, everyday is a Women’s day.