It’s some kind of day for women, today. Cue conferences and high-minded speeches and selfie-with-bindis and all of that. Tomorrow, we can mothball all of that for another year, and go back to business as usual.
In the midst of all the high-minded speechifying, I found this little ‘listicle’ by Neha Dixit. Sample item:
My mother, a huge Shah Rukh Khan fan, wanted to watch Yes Bossin a theatre, in the late ’90s in Lucknow alone during daytime. She was refused a ticket. My father, who had no interest in films except some Sooraj Barjatya films, had to buy a single ticket on her behalf the next day, drop her at the cinema and assure the hall manager that she is watching the film alone and has her family’s approval for doing so.
Reservations in Parliament? Parity of wages? If we are even remotely serious about creating a better world for women, maybe it is these little indignities they are subjected to on a daily basis that deserves our most urgent attention.