To commemorate the 75 years of the Quit India Movement and 70 years of India’s Independence, Lady Shri Ram College for women organized Sankalp Se Siddhi:Yeh India Ka Time Hai on 20th September, 2017.
This initiative by the Ministry of Human Resource and Development, was facilitated by NFDC.
The day witnessed a mirage of events starting with various exhibitions showcasing glimpses of moments and personalities who shaped the national movements and the Quit India movement. The art forms celebrated the diversity of India, from Gond art to Kalamkari and some of them were also inspired by the other Indian artists. The art works represented the effortless fusion of the modern and the vintage. One exhibition was titled 'Envisioning Women and Education in 2022'
which reflected the status of women and their education in present-day India.
The central attraction of the exhibition was the construction of a web that displayed several stereotypes that are created by society around a woman’s identity and education. The paper mache stones in a corner displayed words related to women’s education. The setup not only reflected on the laws for women and education in India but also noted some of the NGOs and individuals who have contributed for women education. The exhibition in the library was based on the various independence movements like the Khilafat Movement, Bardoli Satyagraha and others.
The inauguration of the exhibitions was followed by a street play by the students of LSR .Based on the broader theme of ‘Sankalp ki Siddhi’ the play touched upon a number of issues like anti-colonial struggles, Dalit discrimination, language conflicts, heteronormativity and so on. It was thought provoking, a reminder to question oppressive ideas that shackle us and to uphold our duties and responsibilities as citizens of India.
A Roundtable discussion, Manthan on
the theme, Education and Women: Vision for 2022
was conducted with the students of various departments of the college. The session was presided by the Principal Dr. Suman Sharma and moderated by Faculty –Ms. Tripti Bassi. Many faculty members participated in the discussion. The session was indeed a very strong invocation to the power of extraordinary young women present in the discussion to churn their minds and give a vision of women's education in India in 2022. Domestic violence, taboo against menstruation, household responsibilities on girls, gendered cultural practices, patriarchal mindsets against educated thinking women are some of the barriers, women across countries have to overcome in order to access education. Students observed the subtle ways in which patriarchy co-opts some women in subjugating other women by being benevolent to some. The role of media in perpetuating gender stereotyping was critically examined. Students reflected how patriarchy not only targets women but victimizes men too. So, it is necessary to include men in the discussions around gender. What they envisage forIndia in 2022 is not a society with roles for men and women reversed, but equal development and freedom for both. The discussion concluded with the affirmation that gender sensitization should become a public discourse rather than a topic of discussions in universities' classrooms, i.e.,we need to educate public opinion in order to challenge and eradicate stereotypes and prejudices against women.
The major highlight of the day was a Rock concert
by the band Nyasa.
The show began with the recital of the college prayer, followed by Principal Dr. Suman Sharma’s address to the audience. The audience, along with her took a pledge
towards to the creation of a new India by the year 2022..Nasya
reminded everyone about the true spirit of the event- towards building a new India. They performed a truly mesmerizing “VandeMataram. The Auditorium became a sight to behold, as innumerable sparkling flashlights lighted it up.The band members expressed their delight to perform in front of such an energetic and welcoming audience.
The event was brought to end with a vote of thanks by the Nodal officer Dr. Kalyani.