the bold brave women of india

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India is a country of many religions but the women of India have etched a name for themselves in whatever field they have been involved in. Yes, India is the country where a custom called suttee prevailed. It used to be performed in which the widow would mount the funeral pyre of her dead husband and be swallowed by the flames. Even today, widows are forbidden from participating in many religious functions but, simultaneously, widow remarriages are also taking place.
The Rani of Jhansi is one of the greatest reminder of the courage our women possess and how they handle situations – that is the reason why Netaji Subhas Bose had a Jhansi bahini in his Indian National Army – they fought shoulder to shoulder with their male counterparts for the freedom of our beloved country. Like Matangini Hazra, the woman who used a dummy male model made of hay to teach her dog to jump at a man’s throat – ultimate objective to take revenge on the British rulers.
There were other equally renowned names – right from Vijay Laxmi Pandit, Sarojini Naidoo, Indira Gandhi and Mother Teresa to the present day group of personalities like Sonia Gandhi, Renuka Choudhury, Sushama Swaraj, Uma Bharati, Mayavati, Jayalalita, Mamata Banerji, Vijay Raje Scindia etc.. We even had Phoolan Devi, a reformed dacoit of Chambal, who was a legend in her lifetime, P. T. Usha, the sprinter, who created history of sorts in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics (she missed the bronze by 1/100th second – however, she has to her credit 13 Golds in Asian Games apart from 1 Gold ans 2 Silver in the SAF games of 1999) and Lata Mangeshkar whose golden voice has mesmerized generation after generation for more than fifty years. And then there are women like Kiran Bedi, the IPS Officer who earned the nickname of ‘Crane’ Bedi for obvious reasons, Durba Banerji, the first woman civilian pilot of Indian Airlines and Air Vice Marshal Padma Bandopadhaya who is set to become the first sari clad Air Marshal in the Indian Air Force – after Lt General Punita Arora became the first woman to don three stars in the Indian Army.
Each of them is gifted with certain characteristics that make her stand out……..
However, side by side there are others who have created impression of sorts in some way or another. Examples follow –
The group of women who lynched a criminal in Nagpur – ‘instead of dying everyday fearing him, we would finish him’, said a social worker living in the region. In a second incident, village women incited the residents to lynch two extortionists who were troubling the whole village. Then there was that girl Nisha Sharma who refused to marry the boy because of dowry – a Google search revealed a count of 3680 for ‘Indian girl who refused to marry due to dowry’! In this context, the incident of an IAS Officer’s case getting hauled up for battering his wife is still fresh in our memory.
No matter what others may say, the women of India make us proud.

other interesting links on india and indian culture:
http://peekayjee28.blogspot.com – destination india
http://peekayjee29.blogspopt.com – indian satire
http://peekayjee34.blogspot.com – sweets of india
http://peekayjee35.blogspopt.com – festivals of india
Last edited by sadhuji; Dec 8th, 2004 at 09:31..

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