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12:00 AM, March 08, 2010 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, March 08, 2010

Krishnokoli: Talking about a revolution

"The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world," William Ross Wallace wrote the poem praising motherhood as the pre-eminent force for change in the world. Written in the 18th century, the poet pointed out a very important fact -- no nation or society can prosper with the sole contribution of man, women need to play a major role as well.
"International Women's Day recognises women's economic, political and social achievements," said singer, Kazi Krishnokoli Islam.
Krishnokoli is involved with Biplabi Nari Shanghati, an organisation working for women's rights.
"In our country women often face discrimination -- at home and work," said Krishnokoli.
"Women should have all the rights enjoyed by men -- to be allowed to live with dignity, to have the option of expressing themselves, to have equal opportunities at work etc.
"The change in mindset is very important. Men will have to see women as their equal companions, and not inferiors."
Krishnokoli seemed displeased about the way International Women's Day is observed nowadays.
"If we trace the roots, it all started as a socialist political event in 1910 to establish women's right. But now it has been thoroughly commercialised," said Krishnokoli.
"Music can always play a major role in raising social awareness, but to make the people truly aware everyone has to play a part -- a wonderful painting by an artist, a good essay from a writer and above all contributions from the people all around us can make a huge difference in brining about a change," concluded Krishnokoli.

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