Like it falls due every year on 13th of February, this year too it was observed yesterday through out the country. This date is significant also for the reason that it happens to be the birth day of Sarojini Naidu, a great poet and freedom fighter known in literary quarters as Nightingale of India. It was in her memory that National Women’s Day is celebrated in her name every year. The media talked of the Day covering the news not that sumptuously as it warrants, the coverage was of course more on eve teasings, rape cases and dowry deaths. That’s our country after all.
While in America addressing otherwise so famous an international religious conference, Vibekanand created a storm by preferring to call the gathering with his opening words “Sisters and brothers” instead of the ritual practice of “Brothers and sisters” vehemently emphasising that India is a country where ladies are worshipped and for that reason it is they to find the first place in any address. The message did spread like a fire throughout the world. The saying in India reading like –
“Yatra naryastu pujyente ramante tatra devta”
(where women are worshipped, the Gods do roam there) is venerably accepted by the people every where in all the countries. It’s an irony that in the very country India, where it was generated originally, the saying in actual terms is used more as a ritualistic slogan than with an intrinsic worth. To add the much warranted need of strength to the saying, this should be for the governmental agencies to ‘rise and awake’, like Vibekanand said, committing themselves to the task of safeguarding the interests of the women folk against numerous atrocities perpetrated on them, some as social evils, some on cultural fold, and yet some on account of a lack lustre law and order situation in the country. Let them take a solemn pledge to do the needful in this direction at least when the country is observing this day as National Women’s Day.