Celebrating the victory of first female mayor….the Roman way!

History serves as a guide to future. Roman history has gripped our imagination and intrigued to no end. Romans continues to dominate our lives in many ways, from the calendar started by Julius Caesar (the month July is named after Julius himself), to the language, to religion, the science of urban infrastructure, the amazing aqueducts, spectacular architecture, the political vocabulary, census and much more.

The fascinating victory of the young politician Virginia Raggi brings back the lost focus on Rome once again. Ms. Raggi is the first lady mayor to be ruling Rome in 2700 years! Taking charge of the most prestigious office, she hopes to restore the city’s glory. Among her various promise, she vows for a more transparent and legal system by erasing the current anarchic Rome. She is also going to go after the much powerful and elusive Roman Catholic Church.

Although women did not play any direct role in politics in the Roman Empire, but there are few names that cannot be missed. Most influential of all was Livia, the wife of Emperor Augustus. She continued to play a pivotal role even after her husband’s death by guiding her son who took the reins from Augustus. Wife of Emperor Claudius, Agrippina was another feisty figure who earned respect from the men folk while she ran the empire till her son Niro was old enough to take charge. Talking about playing an indirect role, I can’t help but make mention of Sonia Gandhi, the current leader of opposition party in India at the federal level.

Ms. Raggi’s credence would depend on how well she plays in the battlefield of politics. Armed with elegance and skills, Ms. Raggi has plenty of inspiration to draw from her own rich culture and history to seek guidance for her future. If the young lawyer turned politician is going to be successful in carving out a name for her in the brutal political arena, only time will tell. But undoubtedly this is an incredible moment for womankind!

Women, a formidable adversary

This is for you acchan! Miss you loads. Hope you are enjoying wherever you are!

Women, a formidable adversary

It was such a proud moment when Dipa Karmakar became the first Indian woman gymnast to quality for Olympic games. It took 52 years!!! Women, a formidable adversary, is finally taking charge. As a women, I absolutely feel thrilled at the opportunity that awaits Dipa and wish her the best for Rio Olympics 2016. She is an icon to so many young girls in her home state and pan India. The instant recognition that she is enjoying through her achievements has certainly not come easy to Dipa.

While there is so much to celebrate of the indomitable and courageous girl Dipa and other innumerable women like her from all walks of life, we are still a long way from providing a safe and secured environment to every Indian girl child. Their achievements should not be overshadowed by news of rape and assault which has become so frequent and brutal in the recent past. As India is reporting a stellar economic growth and is progressing at a very enviable pace to its global peers, there is an equally dire need to portray India as a safe place for women; a place where they can thrive and shine. That is going to give India the much needed image boost in the international stage and add to the charm of India’s economic growth.

The journey of a women from kitchen to the centre stage is an arduous one but not impossible. We have a Dipa in the heart of every women, we just need to recognise that strength and march ahead in life to gain our own identity. I can’t help but belabour the point of giving women their basic right to education, health and liberty to decide their future.

We need the political inclination and commitment from our leaders to take charge and lead the society to see this change. It needs a paradigm shift in the way men currently perceive women and the willingness to empower them. We waited long enough! Men and women, let’s take a pledge together to lead the women folks to emancipation! Men, are you listening and are you ready to take the challenge!