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Parul Khakhar's poem Shav Vahini Ganga was just a medium to express the pain in her own mind over the current situation, but trolls have given it another form.
Parul Khakkar’s poem Shav Vahini Ganga was just a medium to express the pain in her own mind over the current situation, but trolls have given it another form.
Translated from the original in Hindi by Sandhya Renukamba.
The presence and expression of women on social media has always been a big problem for Indian society, which is basically a proponent of patriarchal social behaviour.
In recent years, a group of patriarchal social groups have resorted to trolling with vulgar comments on the free expression of women on social media in such a way, that many women have had to delete their social media accounts or even leave social media.
Two days ago, after so much sharing and trolling of Parul Khakkar’s poem on social media, she had to change her Facebook ID and shut down her Instagram handle.
It is said that the words that come out of the depths of hurt, as well as from a truly happy mind have a lot of power.
Parul Khakkar, an ordinary homemaker from a simple family in Gujarat writes poems in Gujarati language along with managing household chores, especially devotional poems of Radha-Krishna. Recently, when the bodies of people dying of COVID were found floating in the Ganga, it pained her so much that she wrote her now viral 14-line poem titled ‘Shav Vahini Ganga’ and shared it on her social media account.
In just 48 hours, 28 thousand abusive-abusive comments were received on social media.
Over one lakh people have shared this poem on their social media accounts. Now the poem is being translated into Assamese, Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam, Bhojpuri, English, Bengali and other languages.
It will not be surprising if it is translated into foreign languages soon.
Abuse directed at women writing on social media is now becoming a common thing.
Abuse is not a new thing for women, who have been facing it for ever in their domestic life, in the public space, and at work. When women resist it, like in the recent Me-Too movement, people are startled that women are speaking up. But women are no longer passive acceptors of violence, and often express it – like in this case, the poem against the apathetic and negligent way the pandemic has been handled.
Parul Khakkar’s words will hopefully create more awareness of the issues in how this pandemic has been handled, and need to shared even more widely.
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My house-help asked excitedly, “I am going for wedding. Can you let me wear your red & black saree? To be honest I was stumped for a moment; I didn’t know what to say but I still said yes.
I lent a gorgeous saree to my house-help for a wedding in her family. Soon I stated getting questions if I would wear that saree again or if I was okay to be seen wearing the same saree my house-help was wearing?
We are all so conditioned to give our used clothes to our house-helps but are we okay to wear the clothes they were wearing?
A few days ago she came excitedly to me, “I am going for a family wedding. I want to wear your red & black saree, Ill wash and give it to you after the function. Please can you let me wear it?”
Beauty is a very clever, very evil capitalist tool. It traps those who have it into hanging on to it for dear life and those who don't into mutilating, torturing themselves to achieve the unachievable.
I recently wrote a piece about MP Shashi Tharoor’s tweet in which he had shared a pic with six women parliamentarians tagging them and saying “Who says the Lok Sabha isn’t an attractive place to work?”
There was a rash of comments on the post shared on Instagram, which ranged from “chill, it’s just a compliment” and “stop overthinking compliments”, to (worried) men lamenting about “these feminazi”.
Here’s my answer to all those comments.
"She knew from the bottom of her heart that she hadn’t done anything wrong in calling and talking to Shree as her conscience was absolutely clean."
“She knew from the bottom of her heart that she hadn’t done anything wrong in calling and talking to Shree as her conscience was absolutely clean.”
She was shivering when she typed out the message on WhatsApp. But she could gradually feel the strength in her nerves. She curled her fist for that final strength and hit ‘send’.
Shree and Ganga first met during the initial meetings of their company’s annual function. They both were strangers coming from two different business units but who shared a passion for the arts, theatre and music.
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