Azaadi from life’s little indignities

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.

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3 thoughts on “Azaadi from life’s little indignities

  1. That is exaggerated.
    I have high regards for her journalism. Hence, I am thinking, that it might have been a small town ala BaraBanki, where this happened.
    I was brought up in Lucknow in seventies and eighties… and have seen single females ( in their 20s, 30s, 40s even 70s ) watching the movies alone in theaters.

    • Oh certainly — Neha is clearly being anecdotal, here, and relying entirely on her experience in one small corner of the country. The thing though is, she doesn’t attempt to cut-paste these experiences onto the country at large, or argue that this is normative for all of India, so that IMO is ok. We all have our experiences — different ones — and we share it for what it is worth. Others respond, as you did here, with their own experiences, and that way a dialogue builds out, no?

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