Raksha bandhan or rakhi is a hindu festival that celebrates the eternal bond between a brother and a sister. A sister ties a fancy string (rakhi) to the brother’s hand who in turn promises to protect the sister. This festival is practised in india from years and highlights the “sanskars” and the closeness that comes from sagacity of our ancient ages.
But does a girl in these days need protection from her brother? Women have empowered a lot from being under the shelter have come out and bring laurels to the country. Let’s take a quick look over some women from India who don’t need protection but in turn are the most powerful women of india.
At the age of 23, Kiran bedi broke the stereotype and became the first woman to join the Indian Police Service in 1972. She was the first person to lift the car of the then PM Indira Gandhi which was parked on the wrong side of the road. With an extravagant and vivacious personality she “Dared to do” beyond the normal and stands as a role model for every Indian girl.
Women are always told to be in the boundaries but what happens when a women breaks it? Barkha Dutt is an Indian television journalist and columnist who gained prominence for her reportage of the Kargil War. She has won many national and international awards, including the Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian honour. She is a woman who walks in purpose and doesn’t have to chase people or opportunities.
She proved that women can rule politics as equally as men can. She has won election to the Lok Sabha for the eighth time and is currently the longest serving woman member. Someone aptly said,”In politics, if you want anything done ask a woman.” She joined the politics at the age of 46 and women in government in that period wasn’t a “normal” thing.
She grew up near a rocket launching station and says her fascination with rockets and missiles began then. She broke the glass ceiling in the male dominated society and became the first woman scientist to head a missile project in India.
She removed every stepping stone in her way and headed towards success. Managed the house and the business and climbed the success ladder and became the Managing director and CEO of ICICI group.
These are some of the women who are not weak and vulnerable and seek no protection. They broke the stereotype and are self made women who climbed the ladder of success. So, this raksha bandhan let’s twist some norms and maintain the relationship of the brother and sister. Ditch the cliched raksha bandhan gifts and gift your sister a healthy relationship.