Ladies and Gentlemen put your hands together for…
The Gulabi Gang!
These smart feminists, from UP were also forced to apply Saam, Daam, Dand, Bhed… but not many seem to know about them. Nobody guessed and I am forced to keep the Pink Trophy with me 😦
“The Gulabi Gang protects the powerless from those who abuse their power. They retaliate against violence of brutal husbands, they crack down on those who abandon their families. They fight corruption and they force reluctant police officers to register cases for underprivileged people.” [From their website]
Poignant and yet motivating lyrics, I wish Bollywood makes an inspiring song out of these… Or maybe a blogger who loves music.
Saath hai saal purani azaadi hamuu kabahi naa jaani
Tiresath saal puraani.Azadi hamuu kadahi naa jaaani
Maar maar dandan kaam karame
Sixty years of freedom, we have never known,
Sixty three years old freedom, we have never known it
They beat us with a sticks to make us work…
And their slogan 🙂
Oh I think Muthalik with his special interest in what women wear, and his association with saris and pink chaddis really should hear this! 😉
Hum Bharat ki naari hai,
naari nahi chingaari hai
Abhi to yeh angdayee hai
age aur larayee hai
Kaam kare to baat karenge
naheen to joota-laat parege
Rishtwatkhor dalalon ko
Maro inko salon ko
We are Indian women
(Bhartiya Nari :P)
We’re not women we are red hot embers
This is just the beginning (stretching)
There’s lots to fight, ahead
If they work, we will talk
If they don’t we will use shoes and kicks
Pimps and middlemen who take bribe
Thrash these useless fellows
Part I and Part II of Gulabi Gang documentary have more information. How Sampath Pal managed to study till class four and why she chose Pink. Why women join and men support. And men do support them – why? Because, there was oppression and what choice were they left with.
Though I don’t believe they wear only pink to support them.
They even have a website. Earlier I had linked to this website, http://www.gulabigang.org/ but received an email on Dec 29, 2011, that pointed out that the real website of the Gulabi Gang is the one below,