Tuesday, March 8, 2011

We have a Women's Day but no Poverty Day

 By: Subhadeep Bhattacharjee

From Google to card shops there is a huge buzz around that the world is celebrating International Woman's Day. Does that mean that all the other 364 days (365 in a leap year) belong to the men?  What is so special about the day that all the news channels and portals are carrying out big articles on women empowerment, women reservation and what not. If we go by the demand of some women rights organization 33% days of the year should be reserved as Woman's Day!

Women's Day
Logically we have a Teacher's day in India where we celebrate our teachers (gurus) once in a year and call them by names for the rest of the year. We have Children's Day and where sweets are distributed to the children although we top the list of countries when it comes to child labor. So in this context women in India shouldn't feel any pride in having a day designated to them. There is nothing there to be celebrated to have a day nominated for them in the calender year where only Greeting Card and Telecommunication companies make the profit.

It is quite ironical that in a country like India with one of the highest number of people living below the poverty line doesn't have a day dedicated to the Poor. Not a day dedicated to the farmers of this country. So what is the fuss about exchanging red roses and distributing Greeting Cards? Is this what Women empowerment means in India? Will celebrating a day help the cause of women in India? So women in India should get over the hype surrounding the day and pragmatically think if this celebration makes any sense

8 comments:

Adkratsubsr-11 March 8, 2011 at 6:31 PM  

rightly said,,,i guess women here are given too much importance which makes them a bit more than just normal equal human beings....

devika March 8, 2011 at 7:32 PM  

Come on guys, give us a break...i urge you to turn the pages of history to understand why such a day came into existence...women today are not very better off from what they used to be before such a day was created. I dont agree with the hullabaloo about it, but its a day to acknowledge and appreciate women.Go home and thank your Mom for everything she has done for you, without a single day off...thank your sister for being a pillar in your life, thank your wife for giving you a home and a family....Just go out there and make them feel special! I am sure one rose or a card is little price compared to what she has done for you......and as far as your poverty day is concerned, check this link...http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/social/intldays/IntlDay/index.html

Happy Women's Day!

devika March 8, 2011 at 7:38 PM  

sorry.....the link is incorrect...this is the correct one...
http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/social/intldays/IntlDay/index.html

Prakash Upadhyaya March 8, 2011 at 7:48 PM  

A pover cant afford to celebrate, so their no meaning in that argument. these celebrations are meant for only urbanities. And coming back to the issue, celebrating women's day doesnt help any women nor it empowers women. As u said it only helps greetings co and tele co...

Prakash Upadhyaya March 8, 2011 at 7:49 PM  

A pover cant afford to celebrate, so their no meaning in that argument. these celebrations are meant for only urbanities. And coming back to the issue, celebrating women's day doesnt help any women nor it empowers women. As u said it only helps greetings co and tele co...

Subhadeep Bhattacharjee March 8, 2011 at 8:19 PM  

@ Devika As far as thanking my mom and sister is concerned well I don't need to thank people who are so close jut be a good son and a good father.....but celebrating such a won't help the cause of women....that's a fact....and its true....remembering children once a year won't solve the issue of child labor

devika March 9, 2011 at 7:26 PM  

I beg to differ...the closest people in your life are the ones who really deserve all the thanks and praises that you can give...and doing that will not make you a perfect son or father or whatever other role u fancy...the others dont really matter in our lives....we need a women's day to do something about the women who are underprivileged to uplift them. Why sit and crib when we can go out and do something for the women who really need a Women's Day??
And not one day to acknowledge anything but one day dedicated to do something about it wit some special efforts from everyone in the society....

Srikanth March 26, 2011 at 2:06 PM  

I see it as a way to keep women as slaves! Celebrate a day for women, and praise all their dedications and sacrifices so that they continue to do so. This is done in such a subtle way that even women dont realise it! Really really pity, and worrying!

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