“Freedom” symbolises different but significant meaning to everyone. For some it may mean to do everything they want to and for some it may be just to abide by their fundamental rights. We are born free but as we grow that freedom of doing small things is taken away from us. If not forcefully than on moral grounds. Suddenly, we find ourselves entangled in this whole web of legality of actions.
“Do not roam naked freely, it may not be morally correct” said a policeman
“well I don’t intend to condescend anyone but it’s just my way of expressing happiness” said the man in mid twenties.
“But what you are doing is not allowed” – policeman
“But I was allowed when I was 5 year old, why not now” – man
“Well now you are grown up!” – policeman
I don’t mean that everybody should roam naked in happiness but the bigger picture is to understand that how our thoughts and expressions are sometimes curtailed in the light of being sophisticated. The freedom which we brought with ourselves in this world is now manipulated and is molded on convenience to build a morale society.
I demand to know why is it not morally correct to behave or do things from our childhood without getting attention of glaring eyes. Who gets to decide what fits in the moral society? And what is this moral society anyway? Does this moral society takes a beggar home when they see him in rags? Or lay blanket on him to avoid him looking incorrect in surroundings?
Just imagine a world without any impositions or constitution built rights. Is it not more real and easy to live in.
I hereby decline any state defining or awarding me the rights with which I was born.
“This is my right, a right given by god
To live a free life, to live in freedom
We talkin’ about freedom
Talkin’ bout freedom
I will fight, for the right
To live in freedom
Anyone, who wants to take it away
Will have to answer, cause this is my right”- Paul McCartney
So here is the moment for which every Indian citizen waits for -The Financial Budget. The budget for FY2013-14 is out and brings with it set of joys to some and woes to others. Since the time I have started understanding the functioning of a country, I have never seen any one set of people satisfied totally with the country’s budget. There will always be a section of society cribbing and grumping about it. So what am I bemoaning about..Rs.10 billion or about US$185 million of funds for women’s upliftment. For those who think Indian Government is not concerned about their women hear it out a whooping Rs.10 billion for us. But what I am concerned about is the utilization of it. Yesterday, the Financial Minister announced that the Government is coming up with a first all-women Bank by 2013 end i.e. a bank run solely by women from top to bottom, additionally the bank will serve only to women as in not only women account holders but also women run NGOs, women run companies etc. My concern is this gender segregation no matter how well intended it is. Isn’t there enough gender segregation in this country already- special trains only for women, women compartments in trains and metro, only women policies etc. and now a women Bank!!! that was the last straw. I understand these actions are only for women safety and empowerment but what about the collective progression towards women empowerment taking along men of the same society. Just to provide everything specially for women is not a solution to everything, that will only make them aliens in their own country. In my view the idea of all women bank is a total rubbish and should be discarded right away instead why not introduce the policies to promote women empowerment in present ‘Unisex’ banks.
If the idea of a women bank means increased employment for women then there is an equal dearth of employment for both the genders and I have seen more women working in Unisex Banks than men. And if the idea means escape from sexual harassment then how will you save a woman from another woman!!! I mean they are not always best of friends. I have never face any sexual harassment at my workplace but yeah harassment by women I do have seen. So, i would rather choose not to work at a place full of women. So, my point is I don’t see any strong change that this all-women bank will produce. I am an Indian women of modern India and I would appreciate my government taking steps for my betterment but I don’t want to go ahead in my life like an outcast from the rest of my people. So stop being sexist in disguise when I am ready to become a non-feminist. What I want is both men and women progressing together for each other’s betterment.
“Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions.” – Albert Einstein
To be opinionated or not to be that is the question. I have always observed that having opinions on everything and having none at all both are not taken in a very good light. It gets annoying sometimes with opinionated people but that’s genuine as there can’t be two lions living peacefully in a territory, they ought to fight to survive. They may not agree with each other’s opinions but are conscious enough of each other’s presence. On the other hand, I feel sorry for those who lack any thought or idea of their own. They are like shadows following voiced souls. There may be a variety that holds opinion but are meek to express them as they think their expression might be rejected or remain unheard. But what is wrong with the rejection, even president’s policies are sometimes rejected by people? You got to try over and over again and soon you will get used to of rejection. Sometimes I think, these non-opinionated people are dangerous for a democracy, as they wouldn’t even know whom to vote in elections. But it is equally true that these non-opinionated people are angels, as you know they will never disagree with you so you will always get their nods. Hmmm, does not sound fun. May be they opt to be mutes most of the times so that they can be in good books of others. Well, there are enough good people on this planet, I still like to be counted as a headstrong.
It is not my business but I still would like to give an advice to such people. Stop being good if you are trying to. Look around and think. You will soon get some thought on India’s deteriorating politics, global recession or civil wars in Gulf. Say it, even if it doesn’t make sense or is insensitive statement. But you have to say it, otherwise you will be soon termed as DUMB both literally and figuratively.