The strength of women, often underestimated, rises above the callousness and abusiveness meted out by society.
Indian mythology depicts the super strength of women through Goddess Kali. She is skull garlanded, brandishing severed heads of the demons she slayed, baleful eyes, dark skinned, hair flying wildly, having several arms and standing in a posture of defiance, fearlessness. As a Destroyer of Evil, source of Eternal Energy, she is a Mother Goddess, a clear picture of a woman who fights refuses to give up.
The Kali I have painted tries to show the spirit of rebellion against atrocities towards women, especially in the light of the case of the 23-year-old New Delhi girl who was gang raped in a moving bus last week. So many other cases from all over the country have since been reported. Vociferous protests are going on all over the country seeking harsh penalty for the criminals.
I salute the strength of the brave girl and numerous others like her worldwide who continue to show courage even through times when their whole life has fallen apart. I pray for more strength and Kali like courage in times of trauma.
Maya Angelou says it best with the lines,
“You can write me down in history with hateful, twisted lies, you can tread me in this very dirt, but still, like dust, I'll rise.”
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