Women will ensure safer world: Dalai Lama
- National Women’s Parliament begins
Amaravati: Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama feels women leaders can bring about a change in the world. “We should respect women as they can ensure promoting deeper human values. Scientists now say women are more sensitive to others’ suffering,” he said addressing the inaugural session of three-day National Women’s Parliament here on Friday.
Dalai Lama said: “There are 200 nations on this planet and more women leaders would bring about safer world. We have to analyze what went wrong in the 20th century. At this very moment, people are killing each other. We cannot remain indifferent to the conflicts in the world because we are all one. We have to think how to create more peaceful 21st century.
“Women should develop self-confidence. The perception of women as being weaker should be changed. Work hard with determination and confidence,” Dalai Lama exhorted women. “Now education is key factor to promote and strengthen our basic nature of love, forgiveness, compassion and warm heartedness,” the spiritual leader said.
‘Heroines’ without recognition
Addressing the delegates, Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting M Venkaiah Naidu said women power and their role was very important in strengthening the economy of the country and development was possible only with the full cooperation of women. Indian history shows the women had played major role along with men in the country, he added.
Venkaiah Naidu described Indian women as unsung “heroines” without any recognition. Quoting Swami Vivekananda’s preaching that world cannot develop without active participation and cooperation of the women, he said it was late Nataratna-turned chief minister Nandamuri Tarakarama Rao who first raised voice for uplift of women and paved the way for them to enter politics during united Andhra Pradesh State.
Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said he would strive for all-round development of women. His party would continue to fight for reservation for women and it was the TDP that first demanded 33 per cent quota for them, he said. AP Assembly Speaker Kodela Sivaprasada Rao said women have more leadership qualities and they should utilize the available opportunities for them in all fields to show their talent.
Kavitha on women’s empowerment
Emphasizing the need for women’s empowerment, Nizamabad MP K Kavitha said Andhra Pradesh Capital Amaravathi should flourish in terms of rapid growth and fast development.
Beginning her speech by invoking “Jai Telangana and Jai Andhra Pradesh,” Kavitha said while walking into this campus, she could recall what Gurajada Appa Rao said, “Modern woman can rewrite history” and her contribution for a new society is unavoidable. Indeed, society should emulate Gurajada Appa Rao for stating that women’s empowerment is need of the hour for rebuilding the nation”.
Stating that some invisible restrictions are on women in western nations, Kavitha said, “In the US a woman could not become President even after 200 years of its Independence. However, in India our society accepted woman leadership. Citing Indira Gandhi becoming Prime Minister, she said there were many women who sacrificed for social cause and nation and some became leaders. We need to pick some of the good things from our culture and use the services of women, who go through the lives in rural areas and push ahead. Even though in some nations women have no freedom to even cast votes in general elections, she pointed out.
Kavitha also urged the leadership of international community to see that disparity and confining women to houses and kitchen should go. Stating that mentorship is widespread in many developed nations, she said girls, who come to her or not talking of it or not interested in it. Asking the youth to make a habit of questioning, she exhorted the girls and women to follow brave woman like Dubagunta Roshamma who fought for social cause.
Kavitha bats for special status for AP
Even as Leader of the Opposition in Andhra Pradesh YS Jaganmohan Reddy and Jana Sena chief and actor Pawan Kalyan were vouching for special category status, Telangana MP K Kavitha raised the pitch for the same.
During her visit to Amaravathi to participate in the World Women Parliamentarians Conference there, the Telangana MP said the Centre should keep all the promises given in Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act and give special status to Andhra Pradesh.
Speaking to media persons here after having darshan of Goddess Sri Kanakadurga atop Indrakeeladri in Vijayawada, Kavitha said, “We will stand by Andhra Pradesh for the special status. There was a need for the Centre to keep the promise of SCS”, she said. “Though two States got separated, the Telugu people are one and should remain together and vie for development”, she said.
When Kavitha was talking in favour and also fight for the special status, the people standing nearby shouted slogans praising her. Kavitha had also spoken in Parliament in favour of special status. Her remarks came at a time when Union Information & Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu feigned ignorance about similar remarks and protests by Pawan Kalyan and Jaganmohan Reddy respectively. -NSS