Satyameva Jayate: A Real Man, Mardangi
The much spoken topic, the topic which comes in limelight very often and fades away gradually. It has been a tough battle for the Indians to fight against the misconception of “Mardangi” (A Real Man) Curious with the exact meaning of this word I turned on the dictionary , and this is what it had to say “ Manhood“
Today, Satyameva Jayate’s last episode, talks about the violence streak of men, what gives birth to the violence streak in a man and what leads to its development. We are brought up in a society which abides by the words ‘family is an institution’, the great message of gender biasing starts right from the same institution. The same institution which had to impart him with the basics of humanity is teaching the basics of “How to be a man?”
Bringing you the highlights of the show with a little extra feed.
Amir started the show by asking what defines a real man and people came up with interesting answers. One said, “it’s the way how you respect women.” The other said, “being a protector defines man”. A few more came up with answers like “Strength defines him”, “One who is sensitive” and never to forget the most common phrase “Mard ko dard nahi hota (Men is the one who never gets hurt) He tried matching the answers with the women. None of them matched. It’s not that women were trying to put down the men, they were just talking about their experiences as 90% of the women face one or the other kind of dominance or violence by men in this country.
Did You Know?
Religious riots- About 100 people die in religious riots every year.
Domestic violence- 70% of women in India are victims of domestic violence.
Ragging- Every year the ragging helpline number receives 5 to 6 lakh complaints.
Rape- India records over 24,00o rape cases over past a few years.
These are the number of recorded cases. Imagine the ones who don’t register complaints with the fear of something or the other. Isn”t it a shame for us to know the country we live is doing injustice to the mankind. Isn’t it all inhuman behavior?
What Can We Do?
I know, most of you reading this don’t do things like this, which puts your human in shame. But we come across those lot many who do it. We are not asking you to go to them and preach about women rights. But if you do that, we appreciate you. The easiest thing we can do is to stop entertaining them. Let the men not entertain the other man who ill-treats his daughter, wife or girlfriend. Let the women not tolerate the male domination. Lets show them our dislike when he ill-treats others. Lets talk to him about how nicely women should be treated. Let’s try the small steps which are very easy to start with. Let’s first build that thought in our minds to see a woman as a human, just like we see the other men.
Did The Movies Spoil Us?
For a media which influences the major population, it has to be much careful on what it is trying to convey. I loved the Bollywood bit of the show which highlighted the way how media portrays women. Mostly like an object. Not all the movies or shows but most of it.
Its good to know that the actors who have such huge fan following are coming up to raise voice against gender biasing recently #VogueEmpower: Boys Don’t Cry came up with a video which talks about the much believed line “Boys don’t cry” And why the boys don’t cry? Well people around us have an answer for this.
Amir khan apologized for the way the movies portray women and he promised to deliver the letter to as many actors and movie makers. He asked “Should our films stop portraying women as an ‘item’ or an ‘object’?” You can support this campaign by giving a missed call to 1800 – 833 – 4006. Your one miss call can change the mind of a movie maker.
Let us not consider this issue as a men or a women problem. lets see it in the wider perspective and fight against. We are blessed to have born in a country which has such amazing cultural and traditional values. Let’s not mix the gender biasing with our cultural or traditional ethics. Its all what we created. Let’s battle it out. Let’s battle more to give back to the country which has given us so much.
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