Recently, Taslima Nasreen wrote an article “A big celebration of patriarchal tradition”, and one of my friends Bala jee supported her view.
On the day of Rakhi, most of the students try to avoid classes. The reason is obvious. I never missed any class on such day, since I have had a relation with girls like relationship between Russia and USA. Taslima did not touch this point that girls are more interested to celebrate this festival than boys. This is one of the reasons they use to tie Rakhi to their colleague.
Just one night before the festival Rakhi in 2002, my classmates told me that their friend, Shaheen, wanted to tie a Rakhi to me. She was from a rich family from Mumbai. Before I could have told anything, they started giving reasons. The bottom of their stories was that she felt sad by seeing other girls celebrating the moment. Next day, she tied a Rakhi to me. The moral of the story is that girls are envious to each other. Their desire for something is because of other girls. So, Shaheen tied a Rakhi because she was unable to digest the happiness of other girls in the hostel.
So, I truly feel that there is no link of celebrating Rakhi and independence of girls. In my view, a girl cannot be an independent person because of the following reasons: 1.She cannot accept children from others. 2. She cannot live with the first wife of her husband. 3 She cannot live without marriage even if she is the big supporters of live-in-relationship, and Bipasha’s statements are example of it. 4. She wants to marry not because she loves her partner, but because she cannot live alone in later stage of her life.