It is a sorry tale when parents are not able to admit their 8-year-old kid Jia to an English medium school ostensibly because of the occupation of the parents. The parents Karamjeet & Heena are janitors and the age old regressive attitude of looking down on certain professions continues to haunt them. The parents had hope when Vishal Vaibhav (a media firm employee) promised to take care of the kid’s educational expenses and that hope has started to fade away as they are continuously being rejected by various schools citing Jia Dhulgaj won’t be able to cope with the demands of English medium schools.
Hope in despair
Despite the indifference shown, the parents are not giving up yet; they are determined to give Jia quality education which they themselves could not avail.
“Jia is currently studying in Gurukul School at Nalasopara. She lives with her grandmother who is 85 years old and is not able to look after her. This is one reason why we want to bring her to live with us. Also, we do not want to compromise on her education, we are ready to work relentlessly to pay for her expenses,” said Karamjeet (DNA)
Jia’s mother said “I do not want them to end up working like we do. I am worried about my younger son, Arush, who will have to be admitted to nursery in a year or so. Owing to our poor living conditions, I fear he will not be taken in a good school either,” (DNA)
By law and through social media
Vishal had tried to use the social media, he tweeted to the State’s Education Minister Vinod Tawde and the Chief Minister. Despite the effort, he could only reach the PR person of the Chief minister without much of a consequence. Vishal tried to use the Right to Education Act to secure admission. However, he was told that the Act was applicable only if the child were to be admitted to first standard, not Standard 3, reports DNA.
The Logical Indian pleads to the Maharashtra government to take cognizance of the situation and ensure that Jia gets admitted into a school of their choice given the amount of time lost due to unfair reasons. It is despicable that even as India moves towards a knowledge-based economy and having implemented the Right To Education, parents and children still have to go through such injustice to merely admit their children to a school.
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.