Widows at Vrindavan celebrate diwali for the first time, breaking away from oppressive traditions

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For the first time, Diwali celebrations will take place at the century-old Vrindavan widow shelter, ending decades of darkness and social apathy caused by patriarchal traditions and religion . These aged widows have been abandoned by their families or have fled their inhospitable homes, to make Vrindavan their  last destination.  Traditionally kept away from social… Read more »

After celebrating Holi, Vrindavan widows to light Diwali lamps

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Vrindavan: For the first time, thousands of widows of Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh will celebrate Diwali this year.  Thanks to NGO Sulabh International, the women will light diyas and firecrackers too, breaking free of superstition and oppressive tradition, and starting a fresh chapter in the history of social reform in India.  Diwali celebrations for the… Read more »

वृंदावन की विधवाओं की दीवाली शुरू

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वृंदावन। वृंदावन के मीरासाहा भगिनी आश्रम की एक हजार से अधिक विधवाओं ने बृहस्पतिवार की शाम के बाद से पटाखे छोड़कर और दीप जलाकर दीवाली का उत्सव मनाना शुरू कर दिया। इनमें से अधिकतर विधवाओं का स्वास्थ्य कमजोर है और उम्र 70 से अधिक है। होली मनाने, महाकुंभ में शामिल होने और दशहरा का आनंद… Read more »

No country for Bridget Jones

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Feeling relieved about Vrindavan widows finally being handed their basic rights is really about the difficulty of accepting singlehood in any form Resuscitated singletons” sounds like a harsh description for the widows of Vrindavan, does it? “Singleton”, as you have guessed, is borrowed from British writer Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones and her ongoing saga of singledom. And resuscitated,… Read more »