Javed Akhtar Rajya Sabha Speech …Treat Women as Humans and Not Gods. The conservative mindset was the main reason for such horrific crimes against women in India. Great gender bias in India. More interaction between opposite sexes will bring down rapes
Yesterday, Rajya Sabha, the upper house of Indian Parliament, witnessed a powerful debate in the wake of the brutal rape of a five-year-old girl in Delhi. To tell you, those young men and women out there, who have a low estimation of our politicians; must hear some of these debates. Our politicians are not that evil, many of us think them to be.
Yesterday’s debate actually, once again removed the veil that normally remains standing in between voters and the politicians. And in fact, the politicians’ words in such debates, tell us they are the same like you and I — sometimes dishonest but most of the times honest, sometimes apathetic but most of the times pithy (filled with human emotions).
The debate saw the the hardcore politicians like BSP supremo Mayawati and JD (U) leader Shivanand Tiwari speak. The debate saw intellectuals like noted Poet and Playwright, Javed Akhtar, speak as well.
Javed Akhtar rajya sabha speech, which elevated the entire debate from the usual and often taken path of anguish by cursing the western influence and visual content served on national television; was about something more important. The words he spoke in his Rajya Sabha speech, were the ones, any Youth in this country can relate to or must relate to.
What renowned lyricist and Rajya Sabha MP Javed Akhtar said in his pragmatic pitch to the country and the World:
If we want to summarize Javed Akhtar Rajya Sabha Speech, then it is saying This:
1) the conservative mindset was the main reason for such horrific crimes against women in India.
2) There is a great gender bias in India.
3) When You tag women as Gods, you stop treating them as humans.
4) More interaction between opposite sexes will bring down rapes
If you have followed my writings at different platforms, then you by now would have realized that, I agree with Mr. Akhtar. But before you argue, let I give you reasons, why I think he’s speaking sanity here.
1) The conservative mindset was the main reason for such horrific crimes against women in India. —>
Look at the kind of restrictions, most religions and societies (which are a reflection of peoples’ religious views and beliefs ) place on women, not only in India but across world. These restrictions most of the times are related to the very reason a human being is a woman. For instance, any properly educated individual will know that certain aspects of women physiology are for procreation or reproduction purposes (which are necessary for the continued existence of humans on this earth). Still, most religions and societies have Purity Rules or Purity restrictions for women.
The conservative mindset actually is a mindset, which ignores all reproductive and procreation facts about our sisters and mothers; but focuses solely on these facts, when it comes to the girl next door, office colleague, class mate etc. Although this is not bad at all; after all, part of our existence as humans (like most species on this earth) is procreation; but this perspective is never balanced.
In a conservative society people try to see every woman as a reflection of their mothers and sisters (our politicians begin their speeches with “Mataon, Bhaiyon or Behanon” for some reason); and from there begin all the trouble. As comparing every women to one’s mother or sister, creates an anti-women. An anti-woman who has a boyfriend, lives with him without marriage, flirts, argues is competitive and sometimes nasty.
Believe it or not, this anti-woman image conservative societies fuel; result in atrocities towards women.
To summarize if a man can offend another man; then whats so wrong when a woman offends a man. If human genders are equal then anyone can offend, love and respect the other.
Yes, there’s a great gender bias in India. A gender bias, where Hindus, Muslims, or any other religion is least tolerant to female gender. In the last thirty years, Indians have killed more than 3 crore girls in mother’s womb. If that many Indians, can’t tolerate an unborn girl; atrocities on women of any age can be understood.
The gender bias is practiced in India, both with acts and with belief. For instance, those Indians who themselves have no gender bias; and are happily raising their daughters (not desiring a son); don’t speak against gender bias existent in the society. The reason here is — they mentally believe, there’s a gender bias. They are happy raising their girls the best way; ignoring the society. But unless, they speak against female foeticide, their efforts in raising their daughters will give half the result; as the other half will be formed by the society.
Ask yourself, why people need God OR create God?
Humans feel the need to create or believe in God, as they want to have a bench mark, with which they can judge their own actions and the actions of the others. Since God does no wrong; hence humans easily appraise their own and other people’s actions, intentions with the Godly benchmarks.
This may be good to keep most humans on civil or non-criminal path.s, but there’s flip-side to it.
Comparing everyone with God, will make most humans fail.
The societies, which accord God Status to their women; actually stop treating them as humans. If you pass the God test, Good. If not, then you’re not even a human.
The primary motive of any society or religion, for according God status to their women, is to impose restrictions on women. The restrictions like — what is Good woman wears, when a good woman ventures out, who a Good woman lives with etc. Good woman here is the one who reflects the traits of the God.
Remember, cultures, where you touch the feet of only pre-adoloscent girls during Navratras; need to rethink.
4) More interaction between opposite sexes will bring down rapes
Try to answer this question: Why it’s difficult for most of Indians to digest the existence of a girl who goes to bar, has a live-in relationship, has a boyfriend, earns more than most of her male batch-mates, schoolmates etc.?
The answer is: We as a country are not taught to see women as humans. This is because since childhood, opposite sexes have least interaction. As a result, we (both male and female) don’t see a woman as a human who has same aspirations like us.
In short, the moment we learn that it’s ok to be snubbed, defeated, criticized, ignored, ridiculed by a woman (the way we tolerate a fellow man); we make a good society.
The moment we can call a woman, really nasty towards us for no reason (or for reason like not reciprocating our advances), “a bitch”‘ in our brains; and simply leave; we make a good society.
… See you Later
PS: Javed Akhtar Rajya Sabha Speech, yesterday, has proved once again why it’s important to bring non-political intellectuals to Rajya Sabha. Intellectuals see issues like no one else does. Accolades for Javed Akhtar Rajya Sabha Speech.