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A Pledge Towards Freedom

By Adyasha Ranbir

In the nasty skirmish of humanity where mankind turns on one another Where every man is for himself and brother against brother There is one section of society that is constantly under fire From both its ilk and others, the situation dire.

Women have long faced darts laced with poison The poison of doubt, insecurity and relentless opposition The enemy is not easily unmasked or defined When women themselves choose to turn on their kind.

With snide comments and open hostility, Women choose to undermine their capability And instead align themselves with the thought That our potential would turn up to nought.

Be it Hillary’s forlorn but determined acceptance speech, Or the protests to Irom Sharmila’s love;bitter and screech, We’ve time and again been forsaken by the vey section we champion And lost many an important milestone and winnable bastion.

If there’s one thing that can see a reversal in fortunes, It’s the lessening of spite and feeling of doom, The feeling that leads us to pull women down And grab all the fame, success and renown.

For here is a fact, as true and sure as the dawn Women need to support women and there’s place for everyone More women in power would create boundless opportunities For us to move out of the shell of “minorities”

Every woman successful is a testament to the fact That when she is supported and adequately backed There is no force on earth that can restrain our power No bar on planet that we cannot lower.

So let’s pledge ourselves to be open and accepting Of every step, be it small or blinding That moves in the direction of growth and emancipation And gives us renewed hope and anticipation.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- About the author Adyasha Ranbir is from the Batch of 2016–18. She was the Senior Cell Coordinator for LitCell- The Literary Cell at IIFT

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