Small group of women folk had gathered around a village center. Every participant was equally curious as how the subsequent events would turn out to be. Comprehensively, entire discourse manifested the characteristics of classroom having diverse actors. There were few who would proactively participate and multiple others who would find satisfaction by limiting themselves within the small conservative cocoon of silence. By now you would have already guessed that topic relates with a training program conducted in the vicinity of rural region. This article represents my attempt to describe and analyze the multiple dimensions linked with “NAI ROSHINI”, training program by Govt. of India on promoting leadership traits among women folk.
Very frankly, my initial response after hearing the Program Details manifested a skeptical attitude. I was suspicious on what was the need of conducting any such program? How will the outcome be assessed and how the enforcement agencies accountability be ensured? I thought that it represented another source of siphoning off funds from Consolidated Fund of India under the banner of Govt. scheme. However, all my doubts came to rest after I visited certain centers of the program as a representative of NGO. I was amazed, excited and really shocked on seeing the extensive participation of women in the concerned activity.
# My First Encounter
We reached the centre around 11AM to assess the conduct of program whose management was devolved to NGO of which I was a representative. Village School was filled with women, girls and even some small kids. There was a different curiosity in the eyes of audience. We were being stared as if we had arrived from any distinct land. What was this expectation all about and why was it present on the first hand? Whether we were perceived by them as harbingers of change or was it just the human nature of looking upon the unknowns with due curiosity? I was shortly going to realize all the above answers.
# What is NAI ROSHINI all about?
It is a program initiated by GOI for developing leadership qualities among women class. Leadership is not the sole prerogative of Managerial class sitting within the confines of Board Room. It extends to almost every activity that we perform in daily life. In fact one great philosopher has proclaimed that a true leader is one who performs even the most miniscule work with due perfection.
Empowering women on the leadership role is very crucial for development of society at large. Socities ensuring equal participation of women in decision making has witnessed significant pace of progress. Further analysis also suggests that ensuring development of women aids in development of entire family. Women folk is involved in activities starting from household management to contributing in family income. Program attempts to make women realize their hidden potential, provide them sound advice on health related aspects, promote their interest in attaining minimum education attainment and concomitantly aiding in regaining the lost pride in women hood.
Thus defining the agenda of Program in single definition would be a doing injustice to the novel intentions. This program prepares solid foundation and creates awareness at the most grass root level. The progress so attained can be utilized in multiple other govt. welfare programs such as Swachh Bharat Campaign to Right to Education implementation.
# Lessons learned from my practical experience
We may keep on debating endlessly on the utility of any program and we may also go ahead criticizing the multiple govt. social welfare initiatives. However the actual reality differs from our own restricted imagination. Such training programs if implemented properly carry the potential of reforming the entire villages based on women power. Besides, the peer pressure among group members compels the participants to perform better during such short term training programs.
The above experience makes me realize that India definitely possesses the richness of programs. However what we need today is effectiveness and innovation in implementation. Focus ought to be towards recognizing the stakeholders and subsequently delivering the message in right context among the end beneficiaries. And once again, this experience makes me optimistic on India’s progress. Yes, we can change and we can develop, just the need is to realize the individual potential which has been locked in our own mental confines.