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Learning on Bicycle with Dad


It was cold with weather forecast of some rains , but still the spirits were high and people turned up for the CAA, NRC protest program at Gandhi statue Morhabadi. There were approximately 1500 people, and speech, protest slogans/ songs are going on.  During a tea at the tea stall nearby Ankita asks Zohra, my daughter studying in Class 4 and accompanying me – Do you study Constitution in your school. Zohra says ‘Yes, that Men and Women are Equal’ ! (that is how she defines the first thing in Constitution about) And there are very few women around !! IMG_20200102_130641

The solidarity with people around and slogan, songs, photo-selfie happens for 2hours. My contact list on the phone adds 10 new contacts. I get time to meet new acquaintances from the news portal Caravan and our friends of the Mahasabha. As the program comes to an end at 2pm with the drizzling rain, they help me get an umbrella and I bicycle down to home – Zohra sitting behind.

At home, it’s time to change all the clothes as they are wet, and have hot tea, and a late lunch, tucking ourselves inside the Razai (Quilt). Watching Rishi Kapoor’s Karz , singing to Tina Munim ‘Tu Sola Baras Kee, Mai Satrah Baras Kaa’ and I explain to Zohra the teenage attraction phenomenon (which her elder brother might be going through !)

In the evening we watched ‘Purush’ a 2 hour play on television. Maybe the original play was in Marathi with Nana Patekar, 15 years back, but this televised Hindi version had Ashutosh Rana. He played the role of a Politician who is known for sexual harassment and then rapes a social worker who was fighting the MeToo case. And when the exploitation / violence happens she says ‘How has this Idiot become a Politician (disgusting)?’

Today is 3rd January, and across India Savitribai Phule’s Birthday is being celebrated by women and LGBTQ groups to mobilise protest against CAA, NRC …and there will be a small program in Ranchi too. Will she accompany ( I have told her that Ujjna will be there) ? She says ‘Let’s go on motorcycle’ but her Dad is bent on acting Green – riding on a bicycle !!

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  1. Mamta
    January 3, 2020 at 11:52 pm

    Kudos to Zohra for taking the trouble to come down to Morabadi all the way from Kadru to participate in anti CAA protest. Girls like her are the future of this world.

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