Mother’s Day

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As Mother’s Day approaches,
I play devil’s advocate…
I hate these “assigned” days…
That we’re urged to celebrate…
Without ever thinking…
We are always doing…
We don’t have an inkling…
We’re just canoeing…
Our way through life…
And confusing our own identities…
By the way we categorize…
Ourselves…
And thus, our lives…
And decide….
Inadvertently…
To live with stereotypes…
So typically!

We should celebrate…
“Mother’s Day” only if…
We can be matriarchs …
In the same way…
As patriarchs rule the day!

India’s first ever…
All-Woman political party…
Is an important endeavor…
The National Women’s Party is clever…

Just launched, it aims…
To strive for more women…
In the lower house, and claims…
That it’s a party driven…

To contest half the seats…
In the Lok Sabha this election…
It’s a huge feat…
But a huge step for women!

The NWP describes itself…
As a “party of mothers”,
But see, this party helps…
Many more others…

Not just their children…
So they are true mothers!
Mothers of their gender…
Fervent defenders…
Of equality…
Aiming for balance…
And all that should be free!
As Dr. Shetty confirms…
Her mission is to achieve…
Equal parliamentary representation…
To wipe out gender inequality…
So women are in positions of authority …

Only then, will we have…
Some hope…
Of climbing over
The patriarchal slope…

And the party is doing many things…
Launching apps to reach…
Women youth and bring…
More exposure, more teach…

To a part of society…
That wants to scream…
But hides in fear…
Thinking it’s a hopeless dream…

NWP has the support…
Of 1.45 lac women…
Of the Telangana Mahila Samiti…
And numbers are increasing constantly!

Funding comes from women…
But some supportive men too…
Such ideology…though slow to win…
Cannot ever lose…

The party will soon introduce…
A “safety app” that…
Distressed women can use…
And feel confident to act…

Empowerment can happen…
If more women in authority…
Can advocate and sharpen…
The true meaning of equality…

The party wants to develop…
An initiative that lasts…
For the full development of women…
And a break from patriarchal past…

It’s aim is to get more women…
Especially able young minds…
To get involved in political affairs…
And become the change by design…

A Youth Parliament is under way…
To let the young girls have their say…
To give confidence and strength…
And make fear go away…

You may argue…
This is too revolutionary…
But a fem rev is what you need…
To make the blind pay heed…
To make the blind SEE!

This Mother’s Day…
Be a real mother…
Even if it’s just giving advice…
Change the thinking of another….

By Scherezade Mansukhani

Scherezade Mansukhani

Scherezade is a Clinical Child Psychologist, Part-time mother, blogger, French teacher and IATA teacher. She has worked with the differently abled, and now works on and off as a teacher.

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