YIN, SCMS host session on gender equality
Pune: Sakal Media Group’s Young Inspirators Network (YIN) and Symbiosis Centre for Management Studies Pune (SCMS) hosted a session by Sujata Rajpal on ‘Gender Equality’ at Viman Nagar campus of the institute on Monday.
Rajpal made a debut as a writer with her book ‘The other end of the corridor’ based on gender equality. The book is about Leela, a protagonist and her path to destination. Leela is any other next door girl who has everything negative in her life; her parents have given up on her ability, her useless brother is preferred upon her in the house even though she is more capable of establishing better in life. The story further unfolds when she gets married to a man who deals with his personal miseries by assaulting her.
The book is about her journey of how she overcomes all obstacles and dares to live her dream of becoming a famous artiste.
The Mysore-based author enlightened the students about the gender inequality problems erupting in society.
“When I wanted to write a book, the only story that could hit my mind was the gender inequality in society. I haven’t faced any such problems as we are three sisters. But, I have noticed social injustice around me which concerned me a lot,” said Rajpal.
“In my book, Leela is a character who faces all patriarchal norms of society, yet she believes in herself and her dreams which inspire her to live better life through misery,” she said.
Rajpal added, “The purpose of my book is explained at the end when Leela eventually takes care of her parents independently and earns a better life. Usually, girls are looked upon as a burden of which one can get rid of by getting her married. But, today, the scenario is different. Girls are not only an outstanding performer at work but also taking care of their family,” Rajpal believes that her book is a minor contribution to dissipate societal norms.
Rajpal also encouraged the students to follow their dreams and to be persistent about their goals in life. The author described her plight of rejections from numerous publishers which gradually made her more strong and determined towards her aim.
She exhorted, “Opportunities don’t knock the door as it is said. We only realise about the opportunity when it is grabbed by someone else. Therefore, we must create opportunities for ourself rather waiting for the right time to tick.”
“We have epitomes PV Sindhu, Sakshi and Dipa Karmakar who created history and aloft the pride of being girl child. Gender inequality in a progressive society is a matter of concern. Sakal’s Young Inspirators Network is a great forum to articulate such issues in society to the young generation. We are proud to host such an aspiring session for our students and serve the cause,” said Adya Sharma, Director of SCMS.
The session was concluded with Kunal, a member of YIN, briefing the students about the organisation and apprised them about the forthcoming events of YIN.