Udham Singh, a revolutionary fighter of Indian independence movement who was known for his assassination of Michael O’Dwyer. Michael O Dwyer was the Lieutenant governor Punjab and was considered responsible for the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, a massacre on Indians by the British which killed close to 400 people and injured more than 1,200. The assassination of Michael O Dwyer was considered as a revenge on the Jallianwalabagh massacre.
The arrest of Saifuddin Kitchlew and Satyapal based on the provisions of the Rowlatt act infuriated many and led to massive protests. The massacre was a consequence of this protest. Udham Singh was deeply hurt and angered by the brutality meted out to Indian citizens during the massacre. Singh was involved in revolutionary politics and was inspired by Bhagat Singh and his group besides Udham Singh was also part of the Ghadar party which was working on mobilizing Indians living abroad for the national struggle.
On 13 March 1940, at a joint meeting of the East India Association and the Central Asian Society Singh entered the hall with a revolver and shot O’Dwyer twice as he moved towards the speaking platform. Few others on the podium were also injured. Singh was arrested on site as he never tried to flee from the place and on On 1 April 1940, Singh was formally charged with the murder of Michael O’Dwyer and was hanged on 31st July 1940.
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.