Why Write a Journal

I was a whimsical kid. I had imaginary friends, superficial conversations where I’d hallucinate taking further the actual situations and I was super emotional. At one point of time (about 4th grade) our English teacher came to talk to us about Diary Writing. She said that one must maintain a diary where they pen down their thoughts. I thought it was a great idea to take the madness further. I used to write one diary every year. Luckily, I was the only child at home and no elder in the house was interested in peeping in my diary. I used to lock it in the locker anyway. I guess it all went down post 10th grade- the years when they ask you to grow up.

Growing up is partially an involuntary activity. Also, there’s no choice left after a point. So you crush the childhood behind you and get yourself into the world of adults. There are various points in life when we are unable to express ourselves to others and ourselves. When one loses the ability to communicate with oneself, that’s when you should begin writing.

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Ambedkar’s Message to Women Needs To Be Revisited Now

History always has something to learn from. For India, BR Ambedkar is that gold mine, which never disappoints. A man who wanted no fame or bhakts, whose life motto was to just get people, to think clearly. He is a man who must be re-read for his scientific temperament, knowledge and fierceness but unfortunately, he has been slowly going extinct from our textbooks. Also what is unfortunate is that the vices that he had pointed out in his time, are still relevant. If you thought of him just as the ‘Father of Indian Constitution’, read the below text to visualise this fierce feminist in him, each and every word as if gold plated.

Ambedkar’s Message to Women

From Bhalchandra Mungekar’s ‘The Essential Ambedkar’

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Ambedkar and Women Rights: What have we learnt from the history?

Even if it appears so but Freedom is not free. Someone has fought for the rights we have right now. Like Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar, who shall be one the most under-mentioned intellectual in Indian Political history who had written the most comprehensive, well researched and fiercely honest books in his time. If there was no Ambedkar, we (women) would not have the right to get equal pay for equal work, or any legal rights for maternity leave, no rights on our father’s or husband’s property after their death or even we would not have the right to vote! Inter caste marriages would be illegal, there would be no legal document of marriage and women would not even be able to file a divorce! In 1951, Dr. Ambedkar resigned as the law minister of India following rejections of these very rights proposed by him in the Hindu code bill. These laws were prevalent in all progressive nations even at that time. This bill was passed a year later, and rest is history.
Imagine! Which seem like the most obvious rights of today, were termed as ‘harmful to Indian culture’ by the staunch RSS and Hindu Mahasabha.

 

Shankar in 'Shankar’s Weekly', December 11, 1949. Ambedkar’s favourite little girl, the Hindu Code Bill, is depicted like Hitler’s favourite little girl. Courtesy: NMML
Shankar in ‘Shankar’s Weekly’, December 11, 1949. Ambedkar’s favourite little girl, the Hindu Code Bill, is depicted like Hitler’s favourite little girl. Courtesy: NMML

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