Did you know, that the famous person in the thumbnail for this post, Kasturba Gandhi, the wife of Mahatma Gandhi, and I both share the same birthday and that that day is now celebrated as National Safe Motherhood Day in India?
Well, if not, now you know! And knowledge is... all together now, power!
But more than this fun fact, given recent events in the land of my birth, I feel that today, on International Mother's Day, I must write here about an extremely important issue that I hold near and dear to my heart:
Of course, becoming a mother is a true blessing and joy for millions around the planet who have children every year, but as a society, we must ask ourselves if becoming a mother is something that every woman truly wants, or is even ready for.
Better yet, we should be asking, is it even anyone else's decision what a woman should be allowed to do with her own body?
The answer to this question should be a resounding no, and India has always known that.
National Safe Motherhood Day, among many other things, was created in order to support all mothers, including those who wish to safely and mindfully terminate their pregnancy for any reason whatsoever.
Bringing a child into this world is not an easy task and no one, I repeat, NO ONE other than the woman faced with that choice should have any right in deciding whether or not she wants to proceed with it.
If the world's largest democracy has figured this out, why is the world's largest economy finding it so difficult to understand such a simple concept?
Perhaps, the answer to this question lies right there in the wording. In a democracy, the government is supposed to listen to its people... but in a world driven by economics, all one thinks about is whether there will be more human beings coming along to make more money.
Mark my words, these laws will not stand and the people will rise up to challenge them.
This is my warning to you all... my people are coming for you.
We have the knowledge and we have the power.
This is the world of Kalki... and it's just beginning.