It’s a great honour for me to be able to share a message for the Veeranganas for the “War-Widows”.
The indomitable spirit of women can never be extinguished even at then face of worst adversity. Throughout human history women have risen to be the protector of children, families, societies and Nations. She has been a symbol of compassion, vitality, courage, sacrifice and victory. These virtues have been strongly glorified in our Goddesses since time immemorial – she has always been celebrated as a nurturing force.
On this occasion, I wish to say many things happen in life. There are joyous days and times of suffering, sometime unpleasant things happen. What is important is that we mustn’t be defeated in the face of such challenge. The famous poet Shelly said “if winter comes, can spring be far behind.”
Eiji Yoshikawa (1892-1962), a renowned Japanese author had said “Great character is forged through hardships.” Likewise, our war widwos have shown tremendous fortitude is reshaping their lives and also of their children. Their spirit serves as an widows are not ostracized, and that she can lead a dignified life realizing her full potential.
I have personally provided support to counless women in Vrindavan who have been systematically neglected and abused by the society after their husbands passed away. With sustained actions, I have been able to provide them a life of dignity. They now lead an empowered and contended life learning new skills. Like all of us,they celebrate various festivals and some of them even met the Ho’ble prime minister on the occasion of RakshaBandhan.
No society can take way the right of an individual to live with dignity no matter how difficult their personal circumstances may be. We need to collectively challenge and reform social norms that tend to curb the freedom of widows.
I congratulate The Art & Rhythm Foundation for embarking on this vital journey aimed at transforming the mindsets of the society and above all touch the lives of Widows that need help to begin a new chapter of life.

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