Birthday of Savitribai Phule (1831-1897)
Thank very much for joining the group and very warm welcome to all of you to the group of Savitribai Phule. Your support and encouragement for the cause of Savitribai Phule’s birthday the 3rd January to be recognized as Woman’s day of India is much appreciated.
My name is Bharulata Kamble, I am from Indian origin but currently based in Australia. I have commenced this movement for 3rd January to be recognized as woman’s day in India from October 2010. Some of you might have heard of me or read about me in news papers regarding my cause for Lonar Crater, India to be recognized as world heritage site.
I believe in team work and would appreciate your guidance and suggestion in this cause. Please feel free to send me message either on Face book or send me an email on firstname.lastname@example.org .
Please forward this message to as many people you can on Face Book or any other social site as well as by email. Please make this cause known to people by 3rd January this year and at least amongst us we can should recognize 3rd January as woman’s day. We are in process of arranging a flag for woman’s day and surely will have a woman’s day flag from next year. The flag will be constant reminder of Savitribai Phule and will also be called Savitribai Phule flag.
Wishing you all a fabulous new year and thank you all once again.
Below is some details about Savitribai Phule for people who don’t have knowledge of her. Please send this details to many people.
One of the supreme name who fought against the totalitarianism of caste and other social evils in India. Savitribai Phule, who dared to be educated and pursue the Nobel profession of ’teaching’ in the ‘Dark Age’. She dared to speak against the unpardonable boundaries imposed on the women society of India. Savitribai Phule, the lady who started first ever woman’s school for the downtrodden. Savitribai Phule, struggled and suffered with her revolutionary husband in an equal measure, but remains obscured due to casteist and sexist negligence. Apart from her identity as Jotirao Phule’s wife, she is little known even in academia. Modern India’s first woman teacher, a radical exponent of mass and female education, a champion of women’s liberation, a pioneer of engaged poetry, a courageous mass leader who took on the forces of caste and patriarchy certainly had her independent identity and contribution.
It is indeed a measure of the ruthlessness of elite-controlled knowledge-production that a figure as important as Savitribai Phule fails to find any mention in the history of modern India. Her life and struggle deserves to be appreciated by a wider spectrum, and made known to non-Marathi people as well as others not in India but in the world. Savitribai Phule was the mother of modern poetry stressing necessity of English and Education through her poems. Savitribai Phule was the first Dalit women, in-fact first women whose poems got noticed in the British Empire.
Mahatma Jotiba Phule and his wife Savitribai Phule were first among the people who declared war against Casteism and Brahminic-Casteist culture. The Maharashtrian pioneering couple led mass movement of uniting oppressed class against the Brahminic values and thinking. Savitribai Phule worked as an equal partner in the mission of uplifting the poor and oppressed people. Though, she was formerly uneducated, she was encouraged, motivated by Mahatma Jotiba Phule to study. Later on she became the first lady teacher of school started by her husband. Life of Savitribai Phule as a teacher in the school at the time when upper caste orthodox people used to look down wasn’t easy and many a they times used to pelt stones and throw dung on her. The young couple faced severe opposition from almost all sections. Savitribai was subject to intense harassment everyday as she walked to the school. Stones, mud and dirt were flung at her as she passed. But Savitribai Phule faced everything peacefully and with courageously.
At the time when even a shadow of untouchables were considered impure, when the people were unwilling to offer water to thirsty untouchables, Savitribai Phule and Mahatma Jotiba Phule opened the well in their house for the use of untouchables.
Savitribia Phule’s thinking accurately that education is necessary for the restoration of social and cultural values. Savitribai Phule started ‘Mahila Seva Mandal’ in 1852, which worked for raising women’s consciousness about their human rights, dignity of life and other social issues.
Lets pay tribute the supreme lady by recognizing her birthday to be the woman’s Day in India.
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