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Monday, February 20, 2012

The Yoko Ono booster

P P Wangchuk, Hindustan Times

The Yoko Ono exhibition, now on in the national Capital, captures the very essence and beauty of women and their power. Aptly titled, the feisty artist's 'Our Beautiful Daughters' symbolises women as the reservoir of all the beauty and qualities that one can think of. With the power of creation, women are 'goddesses' in normal human beings. They have the strength and substance that men can't hope to have. And, as poet and  rights activist Maya Angelou describes them, they are like the bird that does not sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.

Yoko has a feel-at home kind of feeling in India. The 'protest artist', as she describes herself, has made it a point that she is not bogged down by her critics after the death of her husband, singer and  song writer John Lennon. She became a 'greater sore point' for her critics as she took on her critics head on.

Indian women are celebrating Yoko's success because her aspirations and works are nothing but their own aspirations and goals. She is an instrument for their emancipation from what she calls "a world of male priorities".

As an artist and musician, Yoko Ono has been able to challenge and break the stereotypes that bogged down women all over the world. Indian women acknowledge this and they feel she is their 'saviour'.

And, unlike the western people who have called her "the evil witch of the east (Japan), she is in complete harmony with Indian women. She represents the kind of woman, in the words of Martina Navratilova, who sets no limits because she knows no limits.

And my love for quoting this quote of another rights activist, Lucretia Mott,  never fades, "The world has never yet seen a truly great and virtuous nation because in the degradation of woman, the very fountains of life are poisoned at their source."

Indeed, Yoko Ono has been able to fight and bring in consciousness among the public that women be given their rights.

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