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Monday, March 09, 2015

#IndiasDaughter as a Missed Opportunity: An Introspection

This week saw my country miss another opportunity. An opportunity to re-invent / re-position a nation's mindset or at least start-off on a course towards that exploration.  The events (refer links to get context) to me confirmed another dangerous and potentially contagious aspect of my country's downfall - the inability to unite for any #Cause.

I am wondering if its patriotic to defend one's country from external knowledge based attack (Knowlede being the power in this Global Economy!) if that knowledge can help build a cause which will make a positive impact to the society. In this connected world, isn't  it akin to a 'I'm OK, You're NOT OK' stand?

I was mulling over about this missed opportunity today morning when I received the following message from a Whatsapp group about #India.

1) We'd rather spend more on daughters wedding than on her education.πŸ‘°

2) We live in a country where seeing a policeman makes us nervous rather than feeling safe.😰

3) In IAS exam, a person writes a brilliant 1500words essay about how Dowry is a social evil, Impresses everyone and cracks the exam. One year later same person demands a dowry of 1 crore, because he is an IAS officer.😎

4) Indians are very shy and still are 121 Crore.😱

5) Indians are obsessed with screen guardson their smartphones even though most come with scratch proof Gorilla Glass but never bother wearing a helmet while riding their motorbikes.πŸ˜…

6) Indian Society teaches 'Not to Get Raped', rather 'Don't Rape' !😷

7) Reserved people get more benefits than deserved people...!😯

8) The worst movies earn the most.😢

9) A porn-star is accepted in society as a celebrity, but a rape victim is not even accepted as a normal human being.πŸ˜ΆπŸ˜•

10) Politicians Divide us, Terrorists Unite us.πŸ˜“

11) Everyone is in a hurry, but no one reaches on time.πŸ˜₯

11) Priyanka Chopra earned more money playing Mary Kom, than Mary Kom earned in her entire career.πŸ˜‚

12) Its dangerous to talk to strangers, but it's perfectly ok to marry one.✌

13) Most people who fight over Gita and Quran, have probably never read any of them.πŸ˜ͺ

14) The shoes we wear are sold in air-conditioned showrooms, the vegetables we eat are sold on the footpath😐


I see a lot of #Possibilities hidden in these 14 points and will be devising a strategy to impact some of these at a personal level (as a start).
First and foremost among that would be to devise ways to reach out to my boys (9 yrs and 3.5 yrs old) the virtues of respecting female gender. I will also need to be exemplary in my behaviour as that's the most #visual (and hence powerful) tool available at my disposal.

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