Tag Archive: Shashank Pai

Been more than a year since i have been missing in action from my blog, but certain comments by well known people who themselves are the ones in the post where in they need to think on welfare of the women and on how to reduce the crime rate in the city went on to state that the women were being raped due to the clothes that they wear. I first started thinking, have they gone mad, if yes the NIMHANS(Bangalore) is not too far from the place where they made these comments, and the doctors there will make sure they get the right treatment. Some people have just gone berserk and make such comments just to gain publicity.

The comment was requesting women and teenage girls to dress with dignity, the question is waht do they mean when they ask them to dress with dignity. If they are requesting the gals to wear salwar kameez and saree, my question to them would be, havent there been attacks on women who were wearing the above mentioned dresses, and the next question would be why are there attacks on women in the rural areas where the women or teenage gals do not wear skimpy clothes. Not only in this 20th century, but there have been attacks on women from a long time, when indian women did not even know about short skirts or skimpy clothes. The best example for this would be the life story of Bandit Queen,  Phoolan Devi, and also a lady in the village who was attacked by 5 men. Why only women, there has been attacks on school going girls, does that mean the school uniforms are inappropriate clothes, or for that matter Jeans & t-shirt which covers the body of a woman appropriately.In the recent times, there has been news and of people hearing that a young girl is attacked by her own relatives or for that matter her own father, what does this imply to? A lot of questions in my mind, but i would like to stop them here and conclude.

I do not think its the dressing sense of a woman or a teenage girl that invites the attack on them from the men, but its the thinking of the men who attack them and the thinking of a normal man that we need to change. Once we change ourselves i believe the attacks on women will reduce and eventually stop.

Yesterday i was sitting bored at home, bored of watching TV, i started searching for something to read, and i just saw the business line paper that my father gets daily. I saw something that hit my eye, a small sub headline at one side which read “An executive is Angry with The Government”. Now Seeing at the headline you may think he is angry on her due to the inflation or may be for the slow development of delhi or may be due to some other reason regarding business or tax. However when i started reading it, i was shocked at the content of the news. The news was something like this:

The executive was unhappy about the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan under which every child has the right to education, due to which all the poor people were sending their children to the schools, and by sending the children to schools the executive was asking a question about “Now who will work at our house if poor people started sending their children to schools for education?”

As soon as i read this sentence i started thinking how selfish and how stone hearted this person was being a rich person he thought that the poor people were only there to do his house hold work and to work as slaves for him. It is because of such people only that the poor people are becoming more poor. I am not saying all Rich people are like this, however majority of them are like this. How fair is it to think that cos you will not have anyone at your house to do your household work, that the poor people should not send their children to school. Do not poor children deserve the right to education? Do not poor people deserve the right to live in a better way? Do not poor parents deserve the right to dream about their child having a good job and earning enough money to take care of their problems and the whole family?

I request with each and every person in India to not look at poor people in such a way as if they are the shoes that you wear and you can use them as you want and when you do not want just throw them into a corner of the house. Treat them atleast with some respect if not the same as your friends, as even poor people are human beings. Yes but people please do not take this post in a way where you need to encourage beggars by giving them money. First see if that person is fit enough to work, if he is then you better not give him any money cos if you do then it would mean you are encouraging him to beg and earn money in a easier way where he will not have to work at all.

These days the governments are coming up with schemes to encourage the poor people who cannot afford to put up a business or a small petty shop by giving loans through NGO’s, there are also NGO’s which provide you with loans to buy an auto and help you earn your daily bread and many more schemes like this. Its just time that people of India woke up and looked forward in helping such people rather than insulting or humiliating them. All these people need is support and encouragement. Once they get it they start working hard and also help in the improvement of the country’s GDP.