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Women in Combat?

The hottest topic of debate flashing across all news channels.

I have tried to articulate my thoughts here but the whole exercise has been a little more difficult than usual simply because I cannot imagine myself serving in any of the armed forces. Shesssh. I confess here I have become a slave to all the worldly comforts and what the hell I just don’t measure up!!

I am so in awe with women who have the drive to carve a niche for themselves in that part of the world. It is all about priorities and stamina, both physical and mental. To want to shoulder the responsibility of your Nation is an admirable thought and to take yourself seriously enough to put up a fight for that dream is utopia. Even though I grapple at the thought of me in armed forces, I can empathize with the need to have the freedom of choice which what it actually boils down to…

If a woman can prove herself worthy and fit mentally and physically (read sans squeamish outcries about the absence of restrooms, comfort, place of posting, graveyard shifts, possible sexual harassment ) to hold any office in the armed forces, then why not give her the chance?

Many times women are denied opportunities and a chance to go forward and figuratively speaking face the fire in any situation thanks to over protective “Fatherly” figures who often believe that women are not up to the task.

If there are women who are willing to report at any war zones irrespective of the marriage and baby issues then maybe its time the Indian government recognizes that and provides an option of longer commission period for them.You see it is know that every man has a woman behind him... but do not forget it is also possible( though the chances are rather rare!)for a woman to have a man behind her.

The process is bound to be slow and will take its own course and cannot happen overnight because it’s not just the women who need to be trained and acclimatized to the job and the various demands which come hand in hand, but also the men who are not used to women amongst them commanding, fighting and living with them.

After all every possible situation in the present was impossible at some point of time in the past…

5 comments:

Little Miss Sunshine said...

Ukw, I think every citizen should go through a couple of years of training in the armed forces. Every citizen should be prepared to be a warrior for the country at a time of need . The training teaches a lot if done in the right way : Great tricks of survival, the actual meaning of hunger, an inexplicable courage and self-esteem, skills of camaraderie where NONE would have existed under normal conditions..so on. And every warrior needs to be less of a zombie soldier and more involved in civil duties than they are at present.

Raaga said...

"After all every possible situation in the present was impossible at some point of time in the past…"

I suppose so. Sometimes my parents are astonished by some of the things I do. Our generation wouldn't think twice about some of those, but our parents knew tat some of it was impossible in their time.

"Many times women are denied opportunities and a chance to go forward and figuratively speaking face the fire in any situation thanks to over protective “Fatherly” figures who often believe that women are not up to the task."

This is also because most men, in their heart of hearts, believe that a woman's place is in the kitchen. :-)

Goutham said...

@all of the above :
I certainly don't think a woman's place is in the kitchen. I believe every person needs to do what he/she thinks is his/her vocation.

However there are a few things that need to kept in mind. Men and women differ quite a bit in the way we have been created. We think differently and have our own strengths. Men have the natural physical ability which makes them suitable as warriors in comparison with women. This explains why most combat zones are dominated by men. It doesn't have to be a competition between men and women always. Wonder why the media always likes to hype up things. If a woman can prove herself worthy to be in the armed force, then I agree there should be no denying it.

This brings me to this topic that I have always wondered about. Forget about women in combat. How many Indian women do u think are even physically active? How many of you or ur friends have jogged/exercised in recent times. A lot of Indian women from my family and friends consider walking to a shop or sprinting to catch a bus as physical activity. Why such a cavalier attitude towards one's own body?

I am not saying that India men are all Schwarzenegers and super fit. Just a casual thought along the lines of this post.

Little Miss Sunshine said...

@caff : Yeaah I know what you mean. Somehow reading about comforts,restrooms and sexual harrassment in the same sentence sent a wrong a signal!

@g'man : Totally agree on ur statement about majority of Indian women. I have been accosted with the question : "Why do you need to go to the gym? You don't look overweight!". ?!!!!. And the elder generation women give a standard response when asked why they don't bother excercising : "Do you know how much excercise we do in the kitchen and doing household chores?" .
Beyond my comprehension!
But then I would also like to add that this is also a trend in Indian men. Somehow majority of Indians don't give much importance to staying fit.

Caffeinism said...

@ g'man and Sunanda- So true that most men and women don't even try to stay fit...but things are changing, even chennai has loads of gyms coming up...for example just in Mylapore/Mandaveli/RA/Abiramapauram I have counted at least 5 gyms...:-D

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