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Captain Radhika Menon becomes the first woman to receive the award for Exceptional Bravery at sea, challenging the stereotype that bravery is only associated with men.
In June last year, seven fishermen were on a fishing boat ‘Durgamma’ that was caught in a storm after enduring engine failure and loss of anchor. The boat had drifted from Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh to Gopalpur in Odisha. Their food supplies had been washed away and they were surviving on ice from cold storage.
While back home, their families were praying for a miracle to see their loved ones, these fishermen who were aged between 15 and 50 years had lost all hopes for survival.
Their ordeal came to an end when Radhika Menon, first woman Captain of Indian Merchant Navy spotted them.
Radhika Menon was at the helm of the oil tanker- Sampurna Swarajya and spotted the vessel 2.5 km away. “Through wave heights of more than 25 feet, winds of more than 60 knots and heavy rain, on 22 June, the second officer on the Sampurna Swarajya spotted the boat 2.5 kilometres away, off the coast of Gopalpur, Odisha. Captain Menon immediately ordered a rescue operation, utilising the pilot ladder and with life jackets on standby,” said the Shipping Ministry in a statement.
The Government of India nominated Radhika Menon who became the first woman to receive the award for Exceptional Bravery at sea from the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in July.
The IMO award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea, instituted in 2007, is annually given to persons who perform acts of exceptional bravery and courage in attempting to save life at sea or in attempting to prevent or mitigate damage to the marine environment, often at a risk to their own lives.
Radhika Menon is a resident of Kodungallur in Kerala. Five years ago she became the first woman to captain a ship of the Indian Merchant Navy.
When asked about her exemplary courage in the rescue operation, Radhika said to the Times of India,“It is a maritime obligation to save souls in distress at sea and, as a seafarer and master in command of my ship, I just did my duty,”
While women have now shifted their roles from household chores to excelling in diverse professions and business, bravery is still not a virtue traditionally associated with women. There are superheroes who save lives but no super ‘heroines’. Radhika Menon has challenged this stereotype and set an example for women all over the world.
We felicitate and salute Radhika for her efforts and hope that this is just the beginning to many more super heroines from India!
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Chetan Bhagat had no business slut shaming Uorfi Javed or any other woman. If he wants to 'guide' young men in the 'right direction' then he should take accountability for his words.
Chetan Bhagat, one of India’s bestselling authors, thought it was an ingenious idea to slut-shame Uorfi Javed, an Indian actress and influencer, at the Sahitya Aaj Tak literature festival.
“Phone has been a great distraction for the youth, especially the boys, spending hours just watching Instagram Reels. Everyone knows who Uorfi Javed is. What will you do with her photos? Is it coming in your exams or you will go for a job interview and tell the interviewer that you know all her outfits? On one side, there is a youth who is protecting our nation at Kargil and on another side, we have another youth who is seeing Uorfi Javed’s photos hiding in their blankets.”
Uorfi Javed responded with a video on her Instagram stories calling out Bhagat’s bluff. She shared the screenshots of his previous chat conversations with Ira Trivedi, author and yoga instructor, which came to light during the #MeToo movement.
While boys are taught to naturally own the space they enter, girls are taught to give up, to accommodate, to adjust since "it is their primary responsibility to keep families and relations together."
Yesterday, I was watching these 4 young girls around 16 – 17 years old play badminton. They were having fun, goofing around with all 4 of them equally involved in the game.
In some time two of their male friends joined them, and as part of round robin, the 2 boys replaced two of the girls. All good.
As the play continued, I started noticing a change in the way the game was being played. The shuttle was played most of the times between the two boys and there was a sense of competition and aggression brought in. The other 2 girls playing soon starting losing interest in the game as they hardly got any game time. Even if the shuttle came towards them, the boy in their team would move and play that shot. They soon moved to the sidelines as the boys continued to play.
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