International Women’s Day

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Free at last, Free at last, Thank God Almighty, we are Free at last!!!

On March 08th, 2017, we celebrate another International Women’s Day. The usual round of seminars, talks and hullabaloo will draw our attention towards the ‘breaking of the glass ceiling/ plight/ atrocities/ conditions and various other issues related to Women.

I’ve been addressing (and speaking) on issues related to Women Safety and the Situation Control measures that each women can take. There would be instances when you’re in an unfavourable position; how do you come out of it unscathed? How do you retain initiative? How do you handle the post-incident trauma? Has the situation improved over the last decade? Does one need to learn martial arts to deal with such hooligans?

I repeat some tenets of WOSAF (Women Safety) and SITCON (Situation Control):

  • YOUr strength emanates from YOUr attitude. Don’t display any Fear.
  • Offence is the only form of Defence (this is what I’ve learnt in my 25 years in the uniform). Here the perpetrators of the heinous crimes are seeking power. Its imposition of their will. Meek submission does not keep you safe.
  • Women are gifted with sixth sense. This innate ability has been honed over ages of protecting the family in the cave. This has wired their peripheral vision to near 180 degrees. They can sense danger. Be alert and trust your senses. If something doesn’t seem right; chances are they are NOT.
  • BUT for your sixth sense to perform there are certain criteria; UNPLUG and be aware of your surroundings. YOU cannot be listening to music or be on the mobile phone in a public area. YOU’ve to be looking around, present a picture of assurance (no nonsense attitude) and stride with confidence.
  • It’s only in reel life a man/women can stand up to 8-10 goons aka Shenshah! In real life escape and run is a good idea. The route out and route in should be planned in advance. Thus avoiding back lanes, unlit areas, lonely parks enroute and avoid bars/ pubs/ hooch shops in the locality.
  • ICE (In Case of Emergency) numbers must be on your speed dial. Have some additional emergency numbers too. There are a number of apps available in the open market these days for your smart phone.
  • Be aware of the laws; especially against ‘Self-Defence’. For the working women, knowledge of Vishaka Guidelines is imperative. Acid attack survivors and their rights.

If at all there would be one, just one advice I would give, it would be parents teach your sons better. The government initiative “Beti Padhao, Beti Bachao” is laudable BUT I would rather have it read: “Beta Padhao, Beti Bachao”.

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Happy Birthday, Small Brother

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1962 .. God gifted the cutest baby to the Sengupta family, a baby brother to 4 siblings … he was the most loved by one and all.

1972 .. in Military School boarding and the entire family missed the adorable little brother. His friends could not get enough of him, it seems.

1982 .. An Indian Army Officer, that made his family extremely proud. Commissioned into infantry and his men swore by him.

1992 .. married to his sweetheart from TOI matrimonials & a proud father. Doted on his family.

2002 .. A glorious service in the Army culminating in command of his battalion, fulfilling his duties & responsibilities towards his Nation, his regiment and his unit … He was honoured with ‘Vishist Seva Medal’ for his duties towards his country. He won accolades, medals, laurels and most importantly the hearts of thousands of his men he commanded – his ‘jawans’ brothers-in-arms …

2012 .. a guide and inspiration to thousands of YOUth of our Country. For him ‘Country First’ was his DNA .. He is a proud Indian, a doting father, a loving and caring husband, an adorable brother, a genuine friend and most importantly a good human being. Colonel Prabir Sengupta, VSM … 2017 – wishing you a very happy birthday .. a world of happiness and may you continue to blaze a trail of glory.

This note was penned by my sister on January 2017. Touched and obliged. Mission 600 million.