a new pledge
i’m so angry right now i can’t think straight. this abomination called haryana in india just registered its nineteenth rape of the month. and this time it’s a six year-old girl. just search for haryana on google and see what comes up. rape. so much rape.
it’s not just haryana. my country of birth is a hotbed of misogyny and sexism unmatched by most of the world. today i read a beautiful letter written by a mother to her daughter. it carried in it the kind of love that gives hope. then i read the story of a six year old losing her innocence forever. for an irrational microsecond, a part of our national pledge flashed by my eyes.
and i laughed. i laughed so much. those hollow lines, mouthed with apathy and contempt at every morning assembly. just another thing to do before we got on with our male lives of entitlement and sexist perceptions lovingly nurtured by society, family and worse, the women in our lives.
i let my irrationality run riot and thought of a few lines i would’ve given a fuck about had i been asked to recite them every morning as a child. perhaps, it would’ve worked.
India is my country and all Indians are my brothers and sisters.
I love my country and I am proud of its rich and varied heritage.
I shall always strive to be worthy of it.
By discarding heritage that deems my sisters as unequals.
I shall not rape those sisters, molest them, insult them, violate their space or manhandle them.
I will treat them as my equals, I will treat them with respect.
For I am born of their flesh, raised by their love and flourish by their sacrifices.
In their progress and prosperity alone, lies my happiness.
don’t judge me for this, im just angry. nothing’s going to change.