Woman's Era - - Short Story -


Apro­pos the ed­i­to­rial Kar­nataka Elec­tions: An Acid Test for BJP? ( WE: May II). It is an un­de­ni­able fact that mostly it is the Modi fac­tor which worked won­ders in the Kar­nataka elec­tions. The BJP which has won the clear man­date of the vot­ers and emerged as the sin­gle largest party in the State with 104 seats in its kitty has added yet an­other feather in its crown. The uni­lat­eral de­ci­sion of the Gov­er­nor, Va­jub­hai Vala in invit­ing the leader of the sin­gle largest party, Ye­du­rappa to form the next gov­ern­ment in Kar­nataka can­not be con­sid­ered un­con­sti­tu­tional as falsely al­leged by the be­lea­guered Con­gress and Janata Dal-sec­u­lar (JD-S) who went even to the ex­tent of de­vis­ing their own plans suo- moto over the for­ma­tion of next gov­ern­ment even be­fore rep­re­sen­ta­tion was made to the Gov­er­nor for the lat­ter to ex­am­ine the fea­si­bil­ity on con­sti­tu­tional lines.

The BJP, which has come to power in Kar­nataka de­spite be­ing short of re­quired magic fig­ure of 113 nec­es­sary form the gov­ern­ment, it is left with the only op­tion of adopt­ing un­fair prac­tice of horse- trad­ing to prove its ma­jor­ity on the floor of the assem­bly within 15 days of com­ing to power. In the present pi­quant sit­u­a­tion, this kind of prac­tice which is not un­com­mon in the his­tory of In­dian pol­i­tics ap­pears inevitable and jus­ti­fi­able to over­come / re­solve the pre­vail­ing po­lit­i­cal am­bi­gu­ity that needs a rem­edy or a last­ing so­lu­tion in or­der to avoid a fur­ther po­lit­i­cal cri­sis.

It is to be men­tioned in re­gard to BJP'S vic­tory that the ap­peals made by the Andhra and Te­lan­gana Chief Min­is­ters to the Tel­ugu vot­ers of Kar­nataka prior to the polls, went in vain, as the vot­ers con­trary to such ap­peals have pre­ferred BJP against the wishes of these lead­ers who aimed at let­ting down the BJP. Also, the elec­tion bat­tle was ba­si­cally fought be­tween Prime Min­is­ter, Modi and the for­mer Con­gress Chief Min­is­ter, Sid­dara­ma­iah and not in be­tween Modi and Rahul and hence there has been a vir­tual split of vote­bank based on the State de­velop - ment and against the wrong poli­cies put forth by the Con­gress dur­ing cam­paign­ing. All in all, the vot­ers were largely ap­peased by the elec­tion speeches con­ducted by the ModiShah duo in pre-poll cam­paign­ing.

Now, since the clouds have been cleared with the in­ter­ven­tion of the con­sti­tu­tional ex­perts on whose ad­vice the Gov­er­nor had given a clar­ity on this am­bigu­ous im­passe, the BJP'S vis­tas of power have also been set to spread to the south of Vind­hyas thereby giv­ing a quiet burial to the hith­erto ex­ist­ing no­tion that BJP'S power was only lim­ited to the Hindi speak­ing North­ern belt. Now,


This bears ref­er­ence to the ar­ti­cle Suc­cour For Mi­nor Wives ( WEMay I, 2018) on the pitiable con­di­tion of the child/mi­nor brides in In­dia. Sadly, bridg­ing In­dia's gen­der di­vide still re­mains a dis­tant dream. Apart from the un­der­age mar­i­tal rape, the per­sis­tence of pa­tri­ar­chal at­ti­tudes that ac­cords the value of girl child lower as com­pared to boys re­sults in forced abor­tions and in­fan­ti­cide, un­der- nu­tri­tion, de­layed ac­cess to health care and so on.'

In our In­dian so­ci­ety a girl child is an un­wanted per­son. But the par­ents should know that she should be as wel­come as a boy child be­cause in the eyes of the Na­ture and Law too both are equal with equal tal­ents since BJP'S vic­tory in the largest State of Kar­nataka in the south has set to open a new record / ac­count, there are hopes to as­sume that the BJP which has con­sol­i­dated its power in 22 out of 29 states so far is be­stowed with a likely pos­si­bil­ity of spread­ing its power too, in the South dur­ing the com­ing elec­tions of 2019.

Hence, the elec­tions held in Kar­nataka is no doubt an acid test for the BJP as it is a gate­way for the lat­ter to emerge into the South­ern part of In­dia wherein its power has not so far been re­mark­able.

– Bh. Indu Sekhar, Hy­der­abad.


This is with ref­er­ence to the fic­tion The Evening Shadow. to col­lect all He in­tended from the mall the things to was in­clined and so he agenda as fin­ish the of­fi­cial All these fast as he could. their re­quired as items were Lovely was only daugh­ter for the first com­ing home These mar­riage. time af­ter The story re­volves Lovely's items were . favourites Leena im­pa­tient A n Sim­mar to re­minded buys as if their make those all those daugh­ter needed ly on im­me­di­ate things the house. step­ping into had stayed Their daugh­ter around a mid­dle-class for laws’ fam­ily with her in- house­hold wherein the par­ents within their lim­ited ca­pa­bil­ity and means, pon­der upon, ev­ery pos­si­ble event to dot their only daugh­ter. The way the mother ex­tracts the max­i­mum lux­u­ri­ous life and ex­tends her mind to make it hard re­al­ity of min­utes of hap­pi­ness by ac­com­plish­ing her daugh­ters wishes,

hid­den in them. Hence a girl child should get proper ed­u­ca­tion on par with a boy child in a fam­ily.

If given an op­por­tu­nity, a girl child can over­take a boy child be­cause she stud­ies in school but also works at home whereas a boy child only stud­ies in school but does not work at home and hence he only learns book­ish knowl­edge but no house­hold works. That is why, a boy child when grows up be­comes a hand­i­cap and needs a woman for house­hold works whereas a woman doesn't re­quire a man for the same. Ed­u­cate the girl child and she will be a su­per woman whereas a boy child will only be a man. There­fore, it is nec­es­sary that both should learn cook­ing and house­keep­ing as well as make their ca­reers. The girls should not end their lives just be­ing cooks and house-priests.

– Suresh Prasad, Dar­jeel­ing.

likes and de­sires, when their only daugh­ter would visit her house­hold, af­ter en­ter­ing into mar­i­tal life, em­pha­sized upon the pu­rity of thoughts of a lov­ing mother. Her thoughts which pon­dered upon the act of pun­ish­ing the child for wrong do­ings and pam­per­ing her af­ter that clearly de­pict the love of an In­dian mother. Sim­i­larly, the act of the fa­ther, who even in the midst of his of­fi­cial com­mit­ments, at­tends the phone calls and jots down the ne­ces­si­ties, high­light a sce­nario of an over- pro­tec­tive par­ent, who would like to turn ev­ery dream into re­al­ity for his ad­horable dar­ling. The cli­max too is en­dur­ing, as much as it por­trays the martial re­spon­si­bities and con­ve­nience of the other part­ner, which needs to be set on top pri­or­ity in ev­ery­one’s life, which in toto, at times, leave the other side (par­ents) in despair.

– Priya Ra­jeev, Mum­bai.


Apro­pos to the ed­i­to­rial Is Na­tion Build­ing a Cake­walk? in WE- May I. The hor­rific gang- rape and mur­der of a 8-year old Asifa in J&K and Un­nao rape shook the con­science of the na­tion. What was dis­ap­point­ing was the role of po­lice and sup­port ex­tended to the rapists by the law­mak­ers. Even Pres­i­dent Ram­nath Kovind in his con­vo­ca­tion ad­dress of shri Mata Vaishno Devi Univer­sity in Ka­tra in J& K conde - mned the in­ci­dent has rightly pointed out the way the so­ci­ety is de­gen­er­at­ing where it is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult for women to not only to move out­side but also to live within the four walls of her house. As the bru­tal­ity in­volved in all the rape and mur­der cases shows the depth of de­prav­ity that we have sunk into, the shock­ing fea­ture was that in most cases elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives have been found di­rectly sup­port­ing the ac­cused. The fact that sex­ual of­fences have risen ex­po­ten­tially as ex­em­pli­fied by the lat­est data from Na­tional Crime Re­search Bureau, the so­ci­ety can­not be a mute spec­ta­tor any­more. It must dar­ingly act without prej­u­dice be­cause it is the moral re­spon­si­bil­ity of each and ev­ery­one to come to­gether to stop this peril.

Sadly, the men ac­cused of sex­ual as­saults on women are able to be­come law­mak­ers only em­bold­ened oth­ers in­clud­ing ju­ve­nile to com­mit such crimes. This has shamed the na­tion to an ex­tent that UN in­ter­vened and asked the gov­ern­ment to put an end to this me­nace. On the other end, the com­mon man is ashamed that our pol­i­tics has stooped to such a new low where con­gress is bent upon mov­ing the apex court even af­ter the chair­man of the Ra­jya Sabha has re­jected the no­tice to im­peach Chief Jus­tice of In­dia on the ground it lacked cred­i­bil­ity in the first place. Know­ing the move will be set­ting a dan­ger­ous prece­dent from an in­sti­tu­tional per­spec­tive, the ac­tions of con­gress would not only amount to mock­ery of the con­sti­tu­tion but also threaten the in­tegrity of an in­de­pen­dent in­sti­tu­tion.

In the fi­nal anal­y­sis, as all po­lit­i­cal par­ties at­tach more im­por­tance in scor­ing brownie points than con­cen­trat­ing to give good gov­er­nance, time has come for all po­lit­i­cal par­ties to work to­gether to build in a man­ner an egal­i­tar­ian so­ci­ety where ev­ery in­di­vid­ual ir­re­spec­tive of gen­der and age can move freely with a smile to up­hold the In­dian ethos and cul­ture aloft so that the world re­spects us. All in all, it is also im­per­a­tive that cen­tre sets up more spe­cial courts across the coun­try without de­lay to try rape cases so that not only speedy jus­tice to the vic­tims of rape cases is de­liv­ered within a time-frame but also acts as a de­ter­rent.

– R. Srini­vasan, Se­cun­der­abad.

The prize is awarded to: Suresh Prasad, Dar­jeel­ing.

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