Monday, April 11, 2011
i know i am traversing a difficult path; to write about such a sensitive topic. but i feel, there is something fundamentally wrong or rather inappropriate about women reservation and ladies compartments in trains. i write this with full respect to ladies and as a husband and the father of a daughter. we live in the world of hypocricy. and we tend to take sides as it suits us. we all support en masse( or do we really?) anna hazare and his efforts to end corruption. but the very other moment we participate in it ourselves by bribing a train TTE or a cop at the tfc signal. so conviniently we decide our take on lot of things. similarly this concept of reservation. today's 21st century girl has an individuality and a social status of her own. she is free and sets rules for herself. she is not bound by society rules and traditions. a no of organisations are fighting for noble cause of female liberation and eqaulity for the few ladies who are still not so 'aware ' as the former. during this time talking about reservation is a regressive step. i believe reservation is something for the downtrodden and also for the very basic of needs . certainly not for the highest office of the country. i have travelled a lot in this country, and observed that how difficult is it for a single girl to travel by various modes of tpt incl mumbai locals and dtc busses. also i have found a no of men rather chivalrously giving their seats to women who are standing. a no of ladies have been found to deny the offer for they are the 21st century lot. also chivalry can be shown to people who actually deserve it. a lady is also required to demonstrate lady like behaviour in public. when she fails to do so chivalry gets discouraged. i ve seen women not offer their seats if a frail senior citizen is standing next to them. this discourages a man from offering his seat to an able bodied fit female. my appeal to all the women in this society is that they should take a call. whether they would like to traverse the convinient path or reservation or talk of gender equality. pl do not always find the easy way out for yourself. stick to your indl stand. a failure to do so confuses the entire society. and therefore the overall respect for the fairer sex is found to be diminishing can be commonly observed. and so it is a submission that this 'opportunist' behaviour must be discouraged. comments are welcome.