People of Britain have cast their vote and the results are out, Britain will leave Europe after 43 years of staying together. Opinions are divided on whether Britain was right to leave Europe. Pro-Business camp felt let down as their products would be hard to sell within Europe and hiring of young immigrant workers from Europe will not be easy now. While others have felt Britain gives a lot as the membership fee to stay in EU without anything much in return.
Taking a step back from all this, what is the potential impact for India?
1. The stock market reacted as expected and wiped away 4 lakh crore of investor wealth. However, given the sizeable amount of forex reserves, low inflation among other strong fundamentals, India is expected to bounce back from this plunge.
2. Indian companies in Britain – All the Indian companies in Britain like Tata Motors and others, their stocks have come crashing down on an average of 7%. Indian investors uncertain over the repercussions of the exit have gone on a selling spree after the news of BREXIT broke out. Indian companies in Britain will have their tasks cut out for the coming future given the partial delinking of Britain from the European market.
3. Countering United States – Asian countries and other small economies all are wary of a unipolar world with the US at the helm, the EU provided the counterbalance to the US for other countries to exploit. The exit of Britain weakens Europe significantly and the chance of a bipolar world. There is every reason for Asian countries to be nervous about BREXIT.
Good news is there as well
4. Borrowing in pounds – For all the companies which had borrowed in pounds, they will have to pay less now given the 10 % slide in the currency.
RBI governor has calmed things down post BREXIT news, while the ruling party has allayed fears over the potential consequences of BREXIT, Congress Jairam Ramesh speaking to The Hindustan Times termed BREXIT as a “suicide” committed by Europe.
Little did the thousands of women who stepped out on the streets of the then Russian Empire know, that their protest would become the theme for women’s rights across the world, for eternity.
It was March 8, 1917, when women textile workers in Petrograd (capital of the Russian Empire) marched for their right to vote. Since then, the day is commemorated to celebrate women worldwide.
A century later, have we progressed?
Yes, we’ve come a long way since the first women’s rights movements, but a long road still lies ahead.
Even in 2018, women do not enjoy equal status to men in all spheres. We still hear phrases like ‘don’t run like a girl’, ‘don’t throw like a girl’ or ‘don’t dress like a girl’. The ones making the statements remain ignorant to the fact that running like a girl is the same as ‘running like a boy’ – with all your might; throwing like a girl is the same as ‘throwing like a boy’ – with all your power; and dressing like a girl is the same as ‘dressing like a boy’ – in whatever makes you comfortable.
Women have time and again proved that they can do ANYTHING, and this video by ParleG aims to showcase just this. It is time we realised that women are capable of achieving great heights because #ZiddiChhoriya never give up.
This International Women’s Day, Parle-G is celebrating the Ziddi Chhoriya; Woh jinhone apne dil ki suni, jo apni zidd pe adi rahi. #InternationalWomensDay #ZiddiChhoriya #WomensDay #ParleGWatch the full video here: https://youtu.be/vrtanBj7PFM
Despite the hushed talks, the demotivation and the doubts, women have worked hard to become athletes, scientists, singers, poets, writers, chefs, army persons, and what not. In fields where they were not recognised before, women are making strides. Their determination and will power are making those who questioned them, question themselves.
What is it that women cannot do? From trekking Mount Everest to making beautiful paintings? As the video correctly portrays, #ZiddiChhoriya are representing India at international stages, playing drums, leading teams, and motivating others to do the same.
It is because of these women who show immense perseverance that other women are inspired to chase their dreams.
This Women’s Day, let us salute the power of women. Let us spread awareness about equality, and lead by example.