Giving an alternative world where Vyasa or Valmiki was woman, Reena wondered and asked her panellists about the differences each would see, then. To which Kavita said that because texts like Amar Chitra Katha are inspirational she would not prefer a change and Ira seconded the thought saying that mythology has always preferred the women. These texts have clearly shown that woman always had power but the corresponding interpretations of Brahmins changed the powerful Shakuntala to submissive Sita.
“A style in the public office has two aspects, skills and dignity”, Raghavan says. The style of anyone in office is defined by how one interprets the dignity in the office, and thereby defines relationships. YV Reddy quipped, the more you disagree, the more you need to seem submissive! He also went on to add that India provides enough freedom to make comments freely.
I ran off from my home when I was sixteen and my parents were very upset. Not only in India, but everywhere around the world, parents tend to get troubled when their children move out. I had a difficult year; I slept off in park benches; I have had some horrific experiences of drug dealers approaching me. I have only grown in the process and that’s why I encourage women to travel. Is it possible for a tree to expand its roots and branches if it was kept in a tiny pot? I don’t think so. It has to be placed in a garden. That’s when the tree gets to grow. Similarly only when we get out of our comfort zone and travel alone, we get to grow.
Paul Zacharia reminded us of the inclement conditions that journalists have to face while reporting the truth. Gauri paid with her life for being a decent human being. If such is the state of modern Indian society, then the India where one could be fearless is gone.
Jahanara-e-Begum, one of Shahjahan’s daughters, does not have the ghost of a mention in history textbooks. She was one of the first women to be made ‘keeper of the imperial seal’, which was a coveted position of power in those times.
If a writer has to speak out, they should also be deeply political. Being political does not mean subscribing to any one political ideology: being political means holding the political classes accountable for all their actions on behalf of the people.
America was controlling the narrative. There was no access to prime resources or the chain of evidence. All the reports were fudged. The archives were reclassified with lies like Bin Laden was someone who downloads porn. I don’t want to be lied to. We were sick of being lied to.
Blogging indeed is a bit passive, whereas, on social media, everything is instant and real-time, and hence the shift. Instant gratification as some might call it. Somebody could argue that social media makes it easier to get audiences, but the whole point of blogging was to not care for audiences! The author also argued that social media gave rise to fake news and confirmation bias i.e. the tendency to interpret new evidence as confirmation of one’s existing beliefs or theories. “People believe what they want to believe” – said Amit in a pessimistic tone, and pointed out to the market for fake news.
Davar admitted that both the armies shared a common root and hence there is a sense of admiration but the attitude from the other side had been myopic and they have harboured a pathological and obsessive hatred towards India. In the same breath, he also appealed to all the political parties that when it came to the issues of national security, they must not politicize them.
She narrated how she used to write poetry on madness when she was a child, which her mother has blissfully forgotten now and romanticizes it by saying that Twinkle used to write poetry on mangoes, not madness. In another instance in her speech, Twinkle narrated what happened when she scored 97 in mathematics. Her mother responded to it by saying that her marks now match her weight.
adhaar’s work was limited to only tell you who you were and not to tell you what benefits you were entitled to. It was a technological tool to help government cut out duplication but everything changed after 2014 (when BJP came into power) to which the moderator questioned his pro-aadhaar stand in 2009 and Jairam Ramesh explained it as a beginning and not as a solution to solve exclusion errors of government schemes. To quote him “I believed in a different Aadhaar which was Aadhaar 1.0’’.
Like Rajorshi, she took the narrative to a different level, she recalled an incident where her publisher wrote the blurb of a book as the stories of women whereas in reality, the book only had 4 Stories, out of all, about woman. To which Ambai argued that if a man writes about lives of men then the blurb doesn’t say that it is about man but lives. This universality which is from man’s lives is what Ambai questions.