As lockdown eased and alcohol vends opened up, long denied tipplers across India lined up to get their fix. But amid all the serpentine lines, one picture drew special mention: a queue of women in Bangalore waiting patiently for their turn. Filmmaker Ram Gopal Verma mocked them, saying “so much for protecting women against drunken men”
Well so much hoping that people would cast off their patriarchal blinkers. Its 2021 after all and there has been a thorough public conversation about it. The women standing in the line felt safe enough to go about the ordinary business of buying booze, an activity that no man has to spend a second worrying about. Alcohol is not a man’s special prerogative; it’s a pleasure and an addiction, for adults to negotiate using their judgement. For some men, substance abuse has been associated with irresponsibility and violence towards families. That’s no reason for a nanny state to impose harsh moves like prohibition. These are matters of personal responsibility, whatever your gender so whether a women unwinds with a drink or goes on a reckless bender, she deserves no more social disapproval than a man. It’s on her to weigh her heath, finances and alcohol consumption. It’s not about booze at all- it’s about the right to do what you want with yourself and the capacity to govern yourself sensibly. Whether or not she drinks, women are adults who own their choices.
I have always been against Glorifying Over Work and therefore, in the year 2021, I have decided to launch this campaign “Balancing Life”and talk about this wrong practice, that we have been following since last few years. I will be talking to and interviewing around 1 lakh people in the coming 2021 and publish their interview regarding their opinion on glamourising Over Work.
If you are interested in participating in the same, do let me know.
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We are also running a series Inspirational Women from January 2021 to March 31,2021, featuring around 1000 stories about Indian Women, who changed the world. #choosetochallenge