Posted: 09 May 2008 at 3:19am | IP Logged
We women are still finding our own place in the world. In the past few
decades, women in India have found their own place. Unlike in other
parts of the world, we have never tried to compete with men. We have
found our own place by using our strengths and capabilities. This makes
the new Indian woman a lot different, and I believe, a lot stronger.
You know they say, a woman who wants to be an equal to a man lacks
The new Indian woman cuts across all age groups and class structures.
We adapt better to circumstances because we are not playing by the
rules of others. We are resilient and are able to bounce back from
every eventuality. I know women who go to work, take care of house and
home, and be a mother to her kids, without breaking step. I don't know
many men who can do that. Somehow, we never exhaust ourselves as much
in the workplace as men do.
I admire my mother, because I see a lot of the qualities of the modern
Indian woman in her. Or perhaps, it's the other way around. Her energy
and poise are admirable. And that is the strength of women worldwide:
to excel in the world without losing their femininity. On World Women's
Day, I would like to congratulate women everywhere for the love and
care that we bring to the world.
"I'm proud to be a woman and an Indian. With the status that I've
achieved I've no problem getting what I want. But I know it isn't so
with a lot of women in our country. I empathize with their suffering
and I do want to work towards improving their lot. That's one of the
reasons I joined politics."
Ekta Kapoor: "
Being a woman is no disadvantage. Though I won't
say it's an advantage either in today's India. At least not in the
corporate world. Yet lots of women in rural India are made to believe
they're disadvantaged by their gender. Yes gender bias is waning. I
think our inherent advantage as women is that we're stronger creatures
than men although we're more sensitive."
Personally as a woman I've nothing to complain about. Life has been
very kind to me. Today when I go abroad I'm proud to represent myself,
my film fraternity, my gender and my country. Do I've to watch my steps
when I'm abroad? Not really. I've never been a wild party animal. I
don't smoke and drink. So, being restrained comes naturally to me. I
guess I've been singularly lucky. I realize there're so many women in
our country who are still eking out a living. But I think things are
changing very fast. Opportunities for women aren't limited any longer.
Do I see myself as an achiever? Maybe comparatively. But I've a long
way to go. As a girl I've never felt inferior. Our parents brought up
my sister and I as no different than boys. If we've made them proud,
I'm happy. If I've made the country proud, I'm happier."
I'm what I am today and I could realize my dreams because of the
opportunities I got. I know there are states in our country that are
yet to treat women on a par with men. I'm hopeful this scenario will
change soon. But for me the country is a hotbed of opportunities. I
come from Kolkata and now I belong to Mumbai. Both cities have helped
me become who I am. So yes, I'm proud to be an Indian and a proud woman
"Men have minutes and hours and women have days."