2012 की शोरगुल, हल्ला गुल्ला, प्रतिरोध, प्रदर्शन, रोष, एकजुटता सबकुछ मेरे मानस पटल पर आज भी अंकित है. मैं भूला नहीं. कारण यह कि शायद 2012 आते-आते मेरी संवेदनशीलता अपना स्वरुप ग्रहण करने लगी थी. उस घृणित कृत की पुरजोर भर्त्स्ना कुछ इस कदर हुई थी कि मुझे लगा कि यह भारतीय इतिहास में एक ऐतिहासिक घटना के तौर पर याद किया जायेगा. मेरा मानना था कि इतने व्यापक प्रदर्शन और दोषियों का पूरे समाज द्वारा एक स्वर में निंदा, लज्जित एवं न्यायलय द्वारा कठोर सजा के एलान के बाद ऐसी घटनाओं की पुर्नावृत्ति नहीं होगी.
मैं गलत था. शोर-शराबे से कुछ नहीं होता. और शोर शराबा होता भी कहाँ हैं. टी.वी. पर, सोशल मीडिया पर, कुछ लोग ब्लॉग का सहारा लेते हैं, तो किसी को अपनी राजनीतिक रोटियां सेकनी होती हैं.. आदि आदि …पर समय के साथ सब ठंडा पड़ने लगता है और वे कहते भी हैं न कि Time Is The Greatest Healer. हमारी स्मरणशक्ति का क्या कहना ..जीवन के संघर्ष में सब खो जाता है ..सभी यादें धुल जाती हैं…
फिर कोई कठुआ में तो कोई उन्नाव में, सूरत में या तो सासाराम में उन घटनाओं की पुनरावृत्ति होती है.. समाचार वाचकों को कुछ नया बोलने को मिल जाता है, कवियों को काव्य का नया विषय मिल जाता है, प्रतिपक्ष, पक्ष को घेरने में लग जातें हैं, निंदकों को भारतीय न्याय व्यवस्था पर सवाल उठाने का मौका मिल जाता है…और मुझ जैसे बेकार को कुछ नया सोचने को मिल जाता है…और इन सबके बीच कोई लड़की (नाम, जाति और धर्म तो आप सब जानते ही होंगे) कहीं और की यात्रा शुरू करने को विवश हो जाती है.. और शायद ये उसके लिए भी अच्छा ही है कि वो यात्रा करे, यदि वो यहाँ से नहीं निकलती तो भी लोग उसे जीने तो देते नहीं …
When someone achieves some extraordinary feat, even when they face a lot of hurdles and pains in their way, in my opinion, those persons motivate us. Isn’t it?
But, it is true that this is not the case for all of us, as many claims that they are self motivated. Many argue that no humans can be their motivation as they are only motivated through divine aspect of the nature.
Have you ever been in any situation in your life where you have felt that you are alone amidst the mob? Yes, No.
Anyway, Skip this question and face a new one.
Have you ever been really alone and secluded, where no one is besides you and the closet person are physically situated miles apart from you? I think most us wouldn’t have experienced this kind of situation.
Six girls decided the fate that they are going to place themselves in the same situation and that too willingly. They are Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi , Lieutenant Commander Pratibha Jamwal, Lieutenants P Swathi, Vijaya Devi, Payal Gupta and B Aishwarya.
Do you know them? Yes, No. Doesn’t matter, even I were oblivious of them till recently.
I think they are worth knowing. That is why I decided to write about them.
All of them, whose name I have mentioned, are officers of Indian Navy and they have decided to circumnavigate the earth without any assistance of their male counterpart. This means that all women crew, for the first time in the History of India, have decided to have a complete a circle around the earth in a ship called INS Tarini. They have already started the journey and has reached the first leg of it.
The mission is termed as Navika Sagar Parkirama. This mission was flagged by, first full time female Defence Minister of India, Nirmala Sitaraman.
Few facts about the mission:
INSV Tarini is 55 foot sailing vessel built indigenously in India by M/s Aquarius Shipyard Pvt Ltd, Goa.
The expedition will be covered in five legs, with stop-overs at 4 ports Fremantle (Australia), Lyttleton (New Zealand), Port Stanley (Falklands), and Cape Town (South Africa) for replenishment of ration and repairs as necessary.
It will circumnavigate globe in approximately 165 days and is expected to return to Goa in April 2018.
The ship will promote Make in India, as it is indigenously built.
The crew will check and collect the data for marine pollution.
Many of you would be aware that in ancient time, Indians were not supposed to cross over the oceans, because it was termed as inauspicious. That was the day and this is the day, when only women crew has started a voyage to break the shackles of the idea that women are subordinate to men and they can’t venture alone in life. Imagine the journey, it will not be easy. There will be dark nights, and that too in ocean. There may be no humans in their sight for miles. The sound of the ripples of the ocean may be horrific. Some waves will be huge. They may encounter some pirates in their journey. The ship is not too big and waves and thunderstorm may test their mettle in mid way. But they are prepared for it. They have already faced the waves of prejudice and subjugation by male dominated society, probably their voyage will be easier than the voyage that women has had over the centuries in India. They have decided to lost in joy of the journey, and when they will return back to Indian Coast, probably many Indians will discover a new perspective.
These all girls inspired me, and I hope they will also inspire you!!!