Open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi from India's women
22 May-2014, Ira Trivedi:
Dear Prime Minister Modi,
I am thrilled that you have become Prime Minister of our great nation. More than anything else, you stand for action and in this time of ennui and discontent, that is what we need most. That said, I also have some qualms and concerns, and that I wanted to share on behalf of the young Indian woman.
Open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi from India’s women
We need more jobs; there is no doubt about that. It is jobs which will give women like me financial independence, which in 2014 is the first step towards any other sort of freedom. But when I do my job, I don’t want different expectations or have to make different choices than my male colleagues. I don’t want my male bosses (most of them are male after all ) to treat me any differently than the men. Most of our workplaces are still utterly chauvinistic, and while I understand it is important to grow these workplaces, I want them to grow in a way that helps me grow too.
I want freedom from caste and religious barriers. My parents care about caste, and religion, my grandparents care even more. I don’t and nor do any of my friends. I want to be friends with whoever I want to, I want to marry whom I wish to. I want to live in an India free of caste, and religious stigma and divisions, and I want a national leader who can propagate that culture. Caste and especially religious divide has no place in a modern India, and to create a truly progressive, and forward thinking nation, we have to actively work towards a culture free of gender, caste and religious divide.
I want to feel safe.
I am lucky to be born in a time where women are encouraged to study, to go to college and to get jobs. Most of our mothers did not go to college, and most of our grandmothers could not even go to school. But this sort of freedom does not hold any value when there is constant fear. I do not feel like going to work if I have men staring at me on the metro, or groping on the bus. I do not feel like working in an office where there are constant sexual jibes. I do not want to be on the streets of a country where I look at groups of men with suspicious and feel instant fear. New jobs, or great roads, or fabulous infrastructure mean nothing to me if I don’t feel safe. India will never be close to a first-world nation if it’s women do need feel empowered– and how can they feel empowered if they do not even feel safe? I want a government who will make sure that my sisters, my friends, me and my unborn daughters will be safe.
And lastly, more than anything else I want to be equal. I don’t want to feel inferior for being a woman, or for being middle-class. I want the same type of opportunities as people of different genders, castes, religions, or income brackets. India needs to grow, there is no doubt about that, but it needs to grow in a way which breeds the right kind of culture and society. As we progress towards the new dawn which you have promised, at a frighteningly fast pace, we must make sure that we grow economically as well as culturally. India can only be a nation of the future if we give equal emphasis to both.
Prime Minister Modi, you have made a lot of promises, and the people of this nation (including me) are with you. I hope you lead this country to untap all of her simmering potential. We need a strong and dynamic leader for that, and you are the chosen one.
Disclaimer: The thoughts and views expressed above are the author’s own opinion and Indilens does not hold any responsibility for this.
(Input source: TOI)
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on May 22, 2014. Filed under Voice of Youths
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