I have no connection with any god, religion or sect
19 Feb, 2005
Most people equate spirituality with some form of religious belief. However much they might want to separate the two, a hint of religion always manages to show up in spirituality. It is for this reason that the word means nothing to me. I have no connection with any religion, any God, any sect.
I only believe in secular humanism. I was very young when I began to argue and agitate for equal rights for women. Even as a little girl, I could never understand why there were different rules for the boys and a distinct set of norms for us girls. I think it was my ability to question that made me special. I never got a reply that quite satisfied me. And my quest just continued.... If I can do something for those who are oppressed and exploited, if I can help improve their lot, if I can create a consciousness among women, I would say that I have found contentment.
I would still not call it peace - I'm never at peace - but I would say a significant milestone has been achieved. I'm not a very courageous person. My strength comes when I see women struggling. Their struggle gives me the resilience to keep fighting for their rights.
My approach to all predicaments is the same - get to the root of it and eradicate it forever. There's no use finding superficial solutions to perennial problems. I am a woman of science. I believe that a scientific answer is the best way to sort out a complication. Blind faith is not my cup of tea. I do not believe in bowing my head before anyone or anything.
(As told to Anubha
The Times of India
Feb 19, 2005