On Monday, a 16-year-old boy from Mansa district in Punjab allegedly shot his mother dead with his father’s licensed gun, after she had refused to give him money to buy drugs. The father was not at home when this incident happened. He later filed a police complaint against his son. The boy was arrested on Wednesday.
How are drugs drowning Punjab?
Punjab’s drug problem has reached new dimensions. More than 75% youth in Punjab are hooked to dangerous drugs like heroin and cocaine. Of the 75%, more than 30% are believed to be HIV positive. The National Aids Control Organisation (NACO) has flagged the increasing number of HIV-positive individuals from Punjab, NACO has also said, the increase is due to injected drug users. Punjab also reports 50 % of the total drug users in the country.
Punjab’s drug menace has reached epic proportions, the awareness about the addiction is growing among the citizens of our country. Addiction comes with its negative effects that destabilize social equation, family culture and the loved ones of the addict have to watch the addicts implode and spoil their lives.
The Logical Indian requests the Parliamentarians, the people and the civil society to keep the discussion and awareness campaign on the drug issue of Punjab alive and together we can win over the drug menace and the fellow citizens who are losing their lives.
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.