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Introducing myself and my journal: Being an Indian Woman

About Me:
I an Indian woman. I hold a decent job and am a single parent. Born and brought up in an upper middle class in urban India, I am just on way out of a short but acrimonious marriage had led a toll on sensibilities for a while. However, today there is strong need (and even desire) in my personal existence to strive hard towards removing the unjust and biased shackles that our binding our society.
No individual can be subjugated without either her/his willingness, directly or indirectly into such inhuman submission. Isn’t it time women stop taking some ownership for their sufferings?; Rather isn’t it time us women start taking a stand not to accept none of it anymore and accepting that fighting an injustice (including any kind of abuse or violence — sexual, marital, psychological, etc) is not a bad thing. This fight may take time, suffering may not go easily but we will have something worth leaving for our posterity – a New Indian Women.

Where The Mind is Without Fear

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high
Where knowledge is free
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments
By narrow domestic walls
Where words come out from the depth of truth
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit
Where the mind is led forward by thee
Into ever-widening thought and action
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake

– by Rabindranath Tagore

My Challenges:
Testing my limits

My Vision for the Future:
My daughter does not face such issues in her life

Comments

olutosin's picture

MY WISH....

This is beautiful, how I wish all women would reason this way, I met a friend, yes a friend, indeed and we became close in no time, when I asked about ehr husband, she said she cannot really say, I said how come, you have been married fr about three months and you would have dated for about a year or so, she said no, I met him a day before the marriage. I said does it means this happens here to, she said yes even among the educated, and lo and behold she brought out the daily newspaper and I saw adverts, I am looking for a husband, ready for marriage, from Upper class, my Father is this, my father is that, I said ah no, how come, so you cannot marry from Dalit or that she laughed...we have arranged marriage or allowed and it must be in accordance with the class and caste. ah o ti o slipped out of my mouth, I was speaking my dialect, meaning oh no!

There will be no love, no marriage, no union as long as marriages are not uphold in love and friendship, and I fear for our daughters too, if all we leave as legacy are ll the laws that made us slaves! According to Ghandi, India can said to be truly independent when their women can walk freely ...yes freely in all ramifications...freely from all the shackles of oppression and deprivation....You will think that these women are so respectful and well trained as they listened to their darling husbands but deep down will you see a woman with no or low self esteem,, a woman crushed and broken with little or no self respect for herself and self value or worth for her contribution. Our women sure needs life skills and their strategic needs must be met too. Just as the third gender must not be all anus mouth and penis, our women must not be just mouth and mouth alone.

Some women/men fought this far, may be if we can continue our daughters can rightly say, our mothers took over from where the feminist of old stopped and we can also say this our Ebenezer....hitherto the Lord has helped us.

I love the New Indian Woman Spirit in you, wish that for all my Indian lady friends.....

Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale
Founder/Project Coordinator
Star of Hope Transformation Centre
512 Road
F Close
Festac Town
Lagos-Nigeria

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victorymust's picture

Thanks for the encouragement

Thanks for the encouragement and kind words.
I write more frequently at http://awomaninindia.wordpress.com
But would try to be more regular here.

Life ain't easy for a woman anywhere in the world. We all have our social obligations + diameters to exist in. :)
The challenge is just to not allow those to grow on us like second skin that we pass it onto posterity without reviewing their essence.

Cheers!

jadefrank's picture

Welcome!

Dear Ruchi,

Welcome to PulseWire. We are thrilled to have you as a new member in our thriving community of women who are lifting their voices in the name of empowerment and connecting across borders to make positive change for women everywhere!

I love your profile and your description of the New Indian Woman. I too envision a world where violence against women is no longer a daily reality for our sisters worldwide.

I hope that you will join us in the Ending Gender Based Violence group: http://www.worldpulse.com/pulsewire/groups/22295

And participate in our Action Blogging Campaign: http://www.worldpulse.com/pulsewire/programs/action-blogging-campaign-gbv

Based on your work, experience and passion - your voice is valuable to this campaign and I encourage you to share!

In friendship,
Jade

Online Community Manager
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