The Golden Bird That Tarnished

Topics: Morality, 20th century, 19th century Pages: 2 (512 words) Published: August 7, 2013
THE GOLDEN BIRD THAT TARNISHED

In the 19th century, the paramount moral challenge was slavery. In the 20th century, it was totalitarianism. In this century, it is the brutality inflicted on so many women and girls around the globe: sex trafficking, acid attacks, bride burnings and mass rape. Yet if the injustices that women in poor countries suffer are of paramount importance, in an economic and geopolitical sense the opportunity they represent is even greater. “Women hold up half the sky,” in the words of a Chinese saying, yet that’s mostly an aspiration: in a large slice of the world, girls are uneducated and women marginalized, and it’s not an accident that those same countries are disproportionately mired in poverty and riven by fundamentalism and chaos. The world is awakening to a powerful truth: Women and girls aren’t the problem; they’re the solution. Now that’s something metaphorical hovering around the world, but the contrasting sharp truth is a biting reality in the nation, perhaps once worshipped in a motherly figure. It’s us!!!! A joke doing the rounds in Delhi sums up the challenge that confronts India’s political elites. It goes: in India, police come in two hours, ambulance and fire trucks come in one hour, and your pizza will be delivered in 30 minutes……. Slying words, but a much harsher reality persists!!

It’s not my sole aim or desire to make the common people blind with ire and vehemently stand against the esteemed authorities; rather it’s a failure effort to arise the conscience of a feeling called morality…..

Until now, India’s political elites have paid little heed to the urgent need to modernize government institutions if they want to realize their superpower aspirations. In many ways, Indians still live with the high-handed British colonial state, with the levers of power just operated by a different crowd.

The essence of the nation, its feminism is being threatened at a regular basis. The “Delhi Case” gave a...
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