Child Bride At ‘8’ To India’s First Women In Planning Commission

Written By Sahithi Divi

I beleive that the untold stories of bravery can light up our souls to fight for a better tomorrow. There is nothing more powerful than a strong will combined with ultimately ferrious compassion. India is a land of roaring personalities and their remarkable stories. Today I am going to share an extremely proud story of a child bride from Andhra Pradesh who became the freedom fighter of India and much more than that. – Sahithi Divi


DURGA BAI DESHMUKH

1909 – 1981
  • She was born on July 15, 1909, in the coastal Andhra Pradesh town of Rajahmundry to a social worker.
  • She got married at the age of eight . Freed herself from the child marriage with the help of her father.
  • As she turned 15, she fuelled up her life with a mission to uphold the position of women in India, Freedom Struggle and drafting the India constitution.
  • She revolted against the imposition of English in the schools , even quit her school.
  • She gave up every western attire to wear only hand spun Khadi.
  • She also led the Salt Satyagraha movement which took place in Madras and was sentenced to spend in jail inbetween the years 1930 to 1933.
  • Her stay in the jail gave her a close insight and understanding of the unmatched suffering of women who did not commit crimes. This led her to study law for mastering the rights and community strength.
  • She was the member of the constituent assembly and participated in moving almost 750 ammendments as a steering committee member of rules and proceedure at that time.
  • She was the founder of Andhra Mahila Sabha
  • She married Chintaman Deshmukh, the first governor of the Reserve Bank of India in 1953 with Jawaharlal Nehru as the witness.
  • She also served as a chairperson of the Central Social Welfare Board .
  • She also led the National Council of Women which she established in 1958. Set up to ensure equal rights of women in society.
  • Durgabai Deshmukh was the President of the Blind Relief Association and she also set up a school and light engineering workshop for the blind.
  • She represented India as a member of the Indian delegation in the World Food Congress held in Washington DC in 1963.
  • Durga Bai Deshmukh is a proud reciever of the Paul G Hoffman Award, Nehru Literacy Award, UNESCO Award and Padma Vibhushan.
  • After her priceless contribution to the nation, which we are still enjoying today ;She passed away in 1981.
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“Life is uncertain and the life-span is limited. Why, then, wait to do a good thing?”

Durga Bai Deshmukh

Let us understand that Gender is a construct. If you have the will to make a change, you will advocate for it – Sahithi Divi

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Are You A Working Women In India ?

Written by Sahithi Divi

When we divide the gender roles, work life creates a complete different pressure for men , women and neutral genders respectively. While men are trained to be the bread earners and women are seasoned to believe that household is naturally their responsibility. Bringing the discussion to working environments/ offices, career is laregly impacted by the gender roles forced on you.

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Productivity, growth and performance is not fully entitled on the basis of one’s real worth instead it is polluted by the seeds of wrong beliefs taught in the childhood which grows into burning down a firing soul from performing.

Why are women are expected to be employees , not leaders ? Creation of a women leader is a special story to tell , that is the irony. We are not used to being lead by women ; neither at homes nor at work place.

Fathers are not allocated paid paternal leave in majority of the industries. A child grows up looking at his mother sacrifice her career in most of the cases. Setting right examples for children is important. In this case corporates needs to think for the long term benefits.

Office work is not the only work delivered by women. Constant responsibilty of home for lifetime comes without holidays and perks. Developing nations have a long way to go when it comes to defining gender roles.

Apparently women are tagged as bossy, over ambitious, bad mothers, careless wives, slutty for going out of their way and out performing in their passion and career.

Men are forced into the cycle of competing for a betterment. Well that is a lot ofpressure to carry. This compulsion over him is creating an imbalance in acceptance of women leadership.

Women don’t negotiate competent salaries because they compromise it to getting a job itself in the first place. Various factors are like family approval, safety, under playing negotiation skills put the women on the inferior end. Hence, accepting a low pay is also a key reason for the pay gap between genders.

Girls are dreaming about breaking the stereotypes. When will they start dreaming for leadership ?

WE ALL ARE EQUAL...

DIFFERENCES WE EXPIRIENCE ARE CREATED BY SOMEONE ELSE… EVERYBODY HAS THE SAME POWER AS YOU...

YOUR STORY MUST BE WRITTEN BY YOU…

DON’T GIVE ANYBODY THE POWER TO FEEL THAT THEY CAN TELL YOU WHAT YOU ARE CAPABLE OF.

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Why Is India Held Back ?

Gender Equality is an insulated topic admist the false moral regulations. Indian constitution provides equal rights to men and women whereas the differences are unmeasurable. The economic health of our country is divided between men, women and neutral genders. Even in today’s context, the conditional differences are wiping out the fundamental rights of the person by blocking it with gender stereotyping breaking out their original potential to generate financial independence through employement or self employed sources.

BUT “

Whether it be a family, school, government or any institution; the efficiency of functionality will be deeply effected due to the discriminative pullbacks consisting of gender bias. Business solutions cannot free the mental stigma that has been induced by generations worth of embedded preachings which classify roles and deliverables based on gender. Limitations created by the common belief backed by majority is a comfirmed as a backlog for a healthy ecosystem. Talking about India’s diversity of resources where are we in providing those resources to our women equally ?


Here isthe thing, poviding resources does not mean a special status. It means not occupying someone else’s freedom of availing their fundamental right to health, education, employement, marital implications, sexual descisions, childbirth and many pre formed templates into which objective genders are categorised into.

The change has to begin from within us, to be able to believe the statistics which say that India can add upto $770 billion—more than 18%—to its GDP by 2025, simply by giving equal opportunities to women, according to an April 23 report by the McKinsey Global Institute.

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Do You Have A Role In Equalizing Economy ?

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While the end beneficiary of gender inequality could be either of the gender’s situationally; although women are the most fabricated in stigma. The whole other perspective of looking at gender inequality is analysing the economical areas of the country which are depleting due to ground level stereotyping. The few major economic drivers of our country are the following:

  • AgriculturE
  • Policy Making
  • Business ownership
  • Homemakers
  • RURAL ECONOMIC DRIVERS
  • Sports
  • Corporate 
  • Cultural
  • Research and Development
  • Foundational skill building

Independent of the sector, gender has crept into the root cause of driving imbalance. Our country is a mega diverse economy where gender is percieved in numerous ways. Gender inequality can cause a slump in GDP ? Women equal participation ? Categorising house hold ? Placing the priorities under social timelines is a challenging descision making scenario. If you are wondering that gender equality is not your area of action; probably we need to restructure every field and resource for equal distribution to gauge the power of balanced sex ratios.

I aim to explain the undervalued strength which lies in gender inequality that is contemplating on toxic levels with the existing opportunities. I hope this article does reflect that your role does exist in playing the gender equalizer.

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Which Sustainable Goal Do You Resonate With ?

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We are habituated to plan everything in our life. Why not organise the Impact Creation ?

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are formed by the United Nations like a universal  light house for social change, these are milestones that are curated to be known as the global goals to refer the cause and  direction to initiate, execute and measure the impact-change. It is the right time to learn about theses global milestones and align  your area of interest keeping these 17 burning areas, that act like the periodic pledge of social impact. Along with digital evolution, riddles of cross platform operations have created the need for a common flag of a better world to classify its impact for the people. Every person has a different purpose and if that is rightly channelized with a professional aspiration that is when we can create not only a quantitative but also a qualitative social impact in the world.

The Sustainable Development Goals

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Friendship Day Reminds Me Of My Friend From The Basque Country

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Our First Meet In SriLanka

My husband and I were returning from Australia to India with a layover in Sri Lanka for a day . That’s when we decided to explore the nearby places and ended up in a cozy traveler’s hostel at Galle Fort, Sri Lanka to unwind for an hour. When I reached out to get a view of the anciently tucked luxurious streets from our balcony, saw this guy with a Lonely Planet book and a fifteen year old translator greeting a warm-filled happy ‘ Hello My Fraiendd’ ! After all when you are looking for an experience, never miss taking forward to have that exciting conversation just because you don’t know the language. ( the three of us had a very good time for that one hour before we left)

Basque Country

His name is Oier Areitio from Eibar town in the Basque Countryof Spain“.

Few months later in Hyderabad…

Homecoming
Time For Homecooked Indian Meal
  • Homecoming – Oier actually came back to see us in India before leaving to Spain. That one day taught me a lot about life when I learnt that he decided to spend his limited time and resources to meet us and not touring few more places instead. He showed a gesture that exhales soo much Value.
  • Aura – He is a farmer in The Basque country, empath yet an individual non perfectionist who believes in sudden plans, instant hugs, spreading humor and endless sarcasm.
  • Celebrating differences – He embraced how different things were, never compared or complaint. While he indulged on ‘India food feast’ he also cooked his local dishes for us. He serenely enjoyed the elements that made him uncomfortable because he could see through people.
  • Musical Nostalgia – While we held to the collections from i tunes, Spotify etc. During his stay with us we found unbelievable sources/collection from the local radio stations back in The Basque country. Like he came with gift boxes full of music we love but haven’t heard before.
  • Co existence – Oier not only connected with us two but also owned everyone we know here. He made memories with everything that is connected to us that he experienced during his stay. He connects on a human level for easily becoming a part of where he is.
  • The Game Of Thrones – When he showed us the videos of his country, we realized it is the same location where Danerys lands on the Dragonstone. And then he tells us about the many other locations we see in the GOT t.v show and awe about are just less than a thirty min drive for him. Theplace we grow up reflects in our approach towards life.
  • Blissful Goodbye -His goodbye remained, igniting a dream for us to go there in search of him ; so that he can play his character in our life’s movie to once again to broaden the horizons and grow.

My Fraiendd is My Familia now…

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What Reminds me of ‘The Waterfall Cafe’ ?

Written by Sahithi Divi

Travel is my happiness therapy that I always look forward to almost everyday of my life if I had a chance. Short, long or just a day day trip doesn’t matter but what we see and whom we meet becomes a deep touchdown element in us. Leaving certain places does not feel like a goodbye sometimes. 
These beautiful places with beautiful people with beautiful hearts and their stories are embedding impactful take away tales. Here is one of mine for you !In the state of Himachal Pradesh, from Kasol we took a mountain motorcycle to explore The Great Himalayas without a plan for that day. That’s when on the way towards the direction of Tosh village we found a tiny  paradise  with a personal waterfall gifted by nature. It was called ‘The waterfall Cafe ‘. 

What reminds me of this place again and again ? 

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Seating At The Waterfall Cafe

The amazing woman who runs that cafe, tying her one year old to the waist and sprinting from from one to an other rock. 
The ideal and most dramatic waterfall that enlarges the simple hut into an exotic affair. 
The time taking, customised and freshly cooked meal in her sustainable yet challenging kitchen according to the availability of resources for that day. 
Serenity with a complex mix of solitude of the mighty snowcapped mountains and extravagantly decorated valleys as a view! 
Stories we heard about the surrounding villages, off beat trekking trails, exotic local life, real challenges they have to deal with, their definition of happiness and the experience of meeting a person who is not even touched by the first ray of how urban lives process. 
– I cannot wait to mention the soul soothing music by the spluttering water from the waterfall echoing in the majestic affinity.
– A wooden bridge to leap for a further views and changing colours. 

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This is my favourite one hour for you; that takes me back again and again.

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How My Tattoo Became The Manuscript Of My Life

Written by Sahithi Divi

Tattoo (s) is an imprint which dissolves the inked meaning on our bodies, into our life. Marking the transitions, growth, passion ,inspiration and memories. I am sure each of you reading this will contemplate the reasons as to why you got a tattoo. The way it occurs to take you chasing for pain must definitely contain a profound sense of defining it.

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Manuscript Of My Life
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  • Peace – the bird eye view of life !
  • One day at a time – remember !
  • Develop a treelike nature – transpire with all seasons, grow your wings wide and hold tight to your roots.
  • Learn to let go, everyday is very important !
  • Dawn and Dusk are a part of the same day – embrace good and bad
  • Listening and learning is a continuous process – never stop.
  • Own everything about the person you love – it matters !

I hope you enjoyed reading this manuscript of my life.

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Myths about ‘ Right and Wrong ‘

The simplest truth that can resolve you from running around your thoughts is that there is no right or wrong in this world. It is the independent perspectives emerging out of uniquely contrasting life experiences, creating a perplex cross path of doubts and opinions. This leads to contesting for conflicts based on objective stance. Try swapping your point of view and discover a happier life.

– Sahithi Divi ( Source: http://www.impactscientist.com)