It’s one month since the brutal, inhuman rape and murder of the “Braveheart” in Delhi.
An incident that awakened the spirit & voice of the whole country. Minute by minute accounts of the courageous girl’s fight for survival & the outrage erupting on the streets of Delhi, had the whole country riveted.
Everyone in Delhi participated. Despite the biting cold. I know of friends, colleagues & acquaintances in Delhi who came onto the streets to make their opinion heard. A colleague of mine protested silently with his two young daughters. He said, “I want my daughters to know that they are not weak. They have the ability to fight for themselves.” When the media was interviewing from the locations, it was inspiring to see the conviction and strong resolve on the faces of common men & women, boys & girls, all united by one purpose. Justice. Speedy justice.
The social media went wild with comments and remarks from around the world. This is one incident that everyone felt some connection to. After all, it could have been anyone’s sister, daughter, niece, wife in her place that fateful night.
Today, “Braveheart” lives only in our heart. Despite her will to live, she breathed her last in a Singapore hospital. The sounds of protests have also ebbed a little. But the call for justice is as strong. I am sure that everyone who participated in this call for justice, feels a sense of satisfaction for having done something. Of being the “one who did” v/s “the one who watched”. Of feeling the power to bring about change; Of experiencing the courage for a cause; Of knowing that their voice mattered. I salute them. Sooner than later, when the fast track courts are set up, when the errant and the culprits are punished, these “mango people” can pat their back silently. For, it will be their victory alone. I am very sure this will happen. I am very optimistic.
In a world where a lot seems to be going wrong, it’s easy to become cynical. Its easy to slip into a pessimistic mode. Its easy to think, ” How does it matter?” “How will this make a difference”. Well, think again. Every action counts. Every word matters. If it was not for the sacrifice and valor of thousands of freedom fighters, I would not be living in a free India.
If it was not for the inspired leadership of Nelson Mandela, would apartheid be eradicated? They fought hard, to leave a better society for us. Think about the fruit vendor in Tunisia & the young engineer in Egypt. Their individual actions shook the whole continent !
Likewise, I sincerely believe, you and I can make a difference. We can make a positive impact on our communities, our society, our country, on the world. Let’s look around. What seems to be the challenge? How aware are we of the problems that face us?
Is garbage a problem in our neighborhood? Is women’s safety an issue? Is illiteracy a challenge of the town? Electricity? Clean water? We can start small. It doesn’t matter “how much” or “how big” is our effort. The fact that we “made the effort” is itself great.
When we were in the launch phase of the Sri Sri University project 2 years ago, H H Sri Sri Ravi Shankar told us, ” Before we make a global university, we need to ensure that the surrounding villages and communities are healthy & prosperous”. This one advice led us to identify over 100 villages in the periphery where our volunteers have been working tirelessly to bring them health, hygiene, homes, education and vocation. Over 7,500 villagers have benefited from the breathing and meditation workshops.
Vocational training centers have brought employment to over 300 youth & over 100 women have become economically self sufficient by learning tailoring. Seeing this effort, many individuals and organizations have joined hands with us. When one of the youth said to me,”Didi, if not for this training, my life would have been wasted in drugs and alcohol. Now I have good health & a job. Thanks for making my life,”my eyes brimmed with tears. No amount of wealth, fame or name can match that satisfaction. A life was made !
This is just one example. Over 30,000 villages are being impacted by Sri Sri’s knowledge and work in this way. Tens and hundreds of projects envisioned by him are enriching peoples lives around the world.
I am really grateful that I can be part of this transformation. I feel fortunate that I can volunteer to make my country, my world, a better place. I want to invite you to do it too. People are born and they die. Few live lives that matter -even a little. I urge you to live a life that matters. It’s possible.
All it needs is your intention, a little time and a lot of your heart. Look around, you will find ways to contribute. You are fortunate. You are gifted by God. Share a little with those less fortunate than you.
If need be, we may get to the streets for reform-like the young ones on the streets of Delhi or the Tunisian. Until then, lets volunteer for a better India, for a better world.
Others can then read the history we make!
Join hands for building a Safe, Stress-free and a United Nation and to take up the cause of Women and Child Safety in the presence of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
(Rajita is an International TLEX trainer ( www.tlexprogram.com), President of the World Forum for Ethics in Business (www.wfeb.org), Member of Board of Governors SriSriUniversity (www.srisriuniversity.edu.in), Trustee of SSRVM (www.ssrvm.org) and an Art of Meditation teacher (www.artofliving.org) !!!!
Humanitarian, Educationist, Leader, Leadership Trainer, Executive Coach, Poet, Meditation Teacher, World Citizen- that’s what her profile says on twitter..
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