Colourful Holi for widows does not mean a change in tradition

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The widows of Vrindavan are better off playing Holi with colours than practising traditional abstinence, true. But how much better off? Does this symbolic breaching of the limits of widowhood lead on to anything more substantive, either for these women or for Indian women in general? The answers can only be contingent. But to the extent the initiative of Sulabh International, a voluntary organisation, provokes… Read more »

Indian Widows Break Tradition

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NEW DELHI — In India, hundreds of widows participated in a Hindu festival for the first time in decades in a town where many women take shelter after the death of their husbands. It is seen as an important symbol of ending centuries of oppression of widows. For decades, thousands of widows, who are abandoned by their families, have… Read more »

वृंदावन में विधवाओं ने खेली फूलों-रंगों से होली

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वृंदावन : परंपराओं के बंधन को तोड़ते हुए यहां सैकड़ों विधवाओं ने भगवान कृष्ण की इस धरती पर गुलाल और फूलों से होली खेली। वृंदावन के आश्रमों में रविवार को शुरू हुए चार दिवसीय होली महोत्सव में करीब 800 विधवाओं ने भाग लिया। होली महोत्सव के तहत परंपरागत ‘रास लीला’ नृत्य और अन्य कार्यक्रमों का आयोजन भी… Read more »

Widows participate in Holi celebrations in Vrindavan

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Breaking the shackles of tradition, hundreds of widows played Holi with gulal and flowers in the land of Lord Krishna. Around 800 widows participated in the festivities in ashrams of Vrindavan in four-day Holi celebrations that began today. As part of Holi celebrations, traditional 'Raas-Leela' dance and other programmes have also been organised. "Vrindavan Holi… Read more »

First colourful Holi for Vrindavan widows

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This Holi came with a difference for the widows and abandoned women living in Vrindavan, near Mathura. Unlike earlier years, when these women — addressed respectfully as ‘mayyas’ or‘matas’ — played Holi only with ‘Thakurji’ (Lord Krishna), this time it was a riot of colours, flowers and lots of people to celebrate with. In a departure from tradition,… Read more »

Sulabh founder Bindeshwar Pathak beats poverty and caste barrier to emerge as Bihar’s unusual entrepreneur

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At age 12, his foot slipped from a 30-feet high mango tree where he had climbed to fetch mangoes. It left his left arm with multiple fractures. Many thought amputation was the only choice but a village quack somehow saved his hand. But his life remained accident prone since then. When he turned 13, his… Read more »

Holi: Festival of flowers for Vrindavan widows

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LUCKNOW: It will be a rare first for Meera Sahbhagini ashram, home for 300-odd widows in Vrindavan. On Sunday, this century-old ashram will celebrate, for the first time in its history, the gaieties of Holi. Meera ashram is one of the five government-run centres for widows who have lived lives of self-mortifying rituals. Tradition allowed these… Read more »

Breaking shackles of tradition, widows to play Holi at Vrindavan

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Vrindavan: Breaking the shackles of tradition, hundreds of widows would play Holi, the festival of colours, in the land of Lord Krishna. Around 800 widows would play Holi in ashrams of Vrindavan during the four-day celebrations commencing on March 24. "In an effort to bring widows to mainstream and help their social assimilation, we have organised… Read more »