The Memorable date of the Women Day(s)

Archive: A Heart in the Darkness (NASA, Chandra, 02/12/03)

“You can tell the condition of a nation by looking at the status of its women.”

Jawaharlal Nehru

The position of women reflects a country’s social, economic, and mental well-being. In our texts, women have been viewed as a sign of spirituality. Nonetheless, throughout ancient Indian civilisation, women were denied rights and equality. They have been treated unfairly in comparison to males. The rise of knowledge and self-consciousness among women has resulted in their advancement over time. Today’s women are empowered. Women are also making strides and achieving success in every sector. True female emancipation may be attained only when individuals change their limiting views and mindsets toward women.

A woman can be an organiser, administrative leader, director, recreationist, partner, daughter, health officer, teacher, or artist. For centuries, males have enjoyed greater advantages in every facet of life in society, whether it was a higher pay scale, social prestige, or a higher proportion of voting rights, but we now live in the twenty-first century, and the globe is slowly shifting toward gender equality. It is progressing toward equality for both men and women, which might include equal income, social prestige, and voting rights for women. This change is vital, and it is required all around the world, since we are all people, and everyone deserves equal opportunity and respect.

Women’s discrimination, which has persisted for ages, is gradually fading. The government is continually implementing measures to boost women’s engagement in a variety of professions. Today, most women are content with their lives and are afraid of being tortured or harassed. This advancement, however, is owing to the efforts of individuals who fought for their independence and rights. Despite their advancements and growth, women continue to suffer increased crime rates, harassment, and abuse in the home. Many times they feel insecure at the workplace. Some people view women with an evil eye. These issues must be addressed by society.

In certain locations, this day has lost its political connotation. It has simply become an opportunity for males to demonstrate their appreciation for women ‘in a style somewhat comparable to a blend of Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day. However, in other places, the United Nations’ political and human rights theme raises considerable political and social awareness of women’s international problems. On this day, some individuals wear purple ribbons to commemorate the occasion. What are we going to do on this day for our teacher, mother, grandmother, sister, or friend now that we are aware of women’s plight? We need to work hard to make this day unique and memorable for every woman we know.

We do not, however, need only one day to make them feel special or to do something unique for them. After all, they are with us every day and not just on one particular day.

Word crimes – The story of A and The.

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Before humans existed, there was the kingdom of sound, everyone hummed and buzzed and survived. Birds and the bees buzzed endlessly creating an aura of hubris and nostalgia. Things were pretty much like do or die, there was no in-between. Either there was sustenance or there was death. Survival of the fittest at its finest.

Then came the big dinos and the little dogs and cats, who started their campaign of signals and misinterpreted warcries. A single bark, meow or a roar meant the end of the world, and that is where Potato believed it all started from, even the simple exchange of roars if thought otherwise has ended up being the harbinger of doom. And then came, the Apes and Neanderthals and what we call Humans. Who started by drawing fire and potatoes and then become the messenger of the Word Crimes.

As the Apes began separating from the humans, the coo coos began converting into words. And words they did. Humans developed the sounds into something that haunts them to this day. The pen became mightier than the sword, and A flock of people became THE flock of people. and the fall of man ensued.

A, An and The, the articles of doom, prevailed. Destruction followed, but we humans cannot do anything, because it is our creation, our crime that we let go that rampant. We can be greedy fools sometimes, but who is not? We look around, even birds and bees fight for their rights through coos and the buzz.

A and The are most notorious of them all, fighting for their individuality, where one represented the entire universe and the other focused on becoming an all-important specific being, The Supreme Ruler and A self-obsessed demon. The Grammar Lords (or as many speak the unspeakable name – Grammar Nazis) kept on watching the destruction caused by the war of the words.

Now there are people who have mastered the art of war, we call them the manipulators (or if someone needs a simpler context – politicians but not limited to them alone). These “humans” revel in the art of verbal war and most of the time, decisions go their way. A and The have been the master orchestrators of it all.

And the best part of it all is if we remove them from existence, our very structure of language falls apart. So it is a deal with the devil, that we are forced to accept, without which, we all have the mouths, and we can only scream.