Mother India? Whose Mother??

From a 10 year old child bride to a loose replica of a Hindu Goddess the Mother India has represented everything that is reactionary, bigoted, anti reformist and fanatically conservative about the Indian society as since the beginning she happened to be the Mother of all those reactionaries who rigorously opposed social reforms but somehow were against the British raj.

The book Mother India by Katherine Mayo would rather give you a better Idea about India than a white skinned, curvy, beautiful, deity like woman covered with gold and gems, wearing an expensive saree and holding a saffron flag!

Can this be the mother of a country having the largest population of poor? Can this be the mother of a country of brown skinned people?  Can this be the mother of a nation where every second child is malnourished? Can this be the mother of a country that still practices untouchability, forced slavery and feudal oppression? Can this be the mother of a nation that has 15 million women in prostitution? Can this be the mother of a nation that houses a militant patriarchal society where men respect dead female idols more than females in flesh and blood?

Is anyone ready to accept an exhausted poor, old, fragile, brown skinned woman as their Mother India? A weak skinny woman wearing a tattered saree, holding a tricolour and not adorned with golden ornaments but enslaved with iron chains of oppression?

In 1947 our founding fathers and mothers freed her from the chains of political oppression but she’s still held by the chains of economic and social oppression. Are we ready to free her? But first of all are we even ready to acknowledge the fact that our Mother India is enslaved by the chains of social and economic injustice???????????????

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