Over one hundred ladies draped in RED saree and traditional Indian jewellery to symbolise womenhood and Indianness drove from London to Leicester to spread vital message “save girl, Educate girl (Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao) ” and women empowerment and education in a car rally lead by Bharulata Kamble….reports Arti Vyas for Asian Lite News
Saree in a Gadi was a unique and historical (first time such rally ever to happen) car rally to raise public awareness about the important campaign Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao (Save Girl, Educate Girl). Ladies in RED sareee travelled over 208 kilometres each way (in total 416 kilometres in one day) to support this vital campaign.
Over one hundred ladies draped in RED saree and traditional Indian jewellery to symbolise womenhood and Indianness drove from London to Leicester to spread vital message “save girl, Educate girl (Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao) ” and women empowerment and education in a car rally lead by Bharulata Kamble. The rally was lead by Bharulata Kamble and supported by The BAPS Shree Swaminarayan temple, the temple had stood by Bharulata Kamble throughout this mission last year when she drove through the Arctic circle and 32 countries. Once again the temple welcomed the idea of ladies’ rally “saree in a gadi” and supported the rally from the beginning to the end of the rally.
Bharulata Kamble, who recently completed her record solo car journey from UK to India, crossing 32 countries, and the Arctic circle spreading vital campaign “Save Girl, Educate Girls”, Women Empowerment and education is now fully geared to take the campaign “Save Girl, Educate Girls” to further reach. Inspired by Indian Government’s ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’, (Save girls, Educate girls) and Women Empowerment and education campaign, Bharulata geared up to cross the mountains, countries, and two continents. With this, she became the first woman in the world to drive solo through the Arctic Circle and transcontinental journey combined.
Bharulata believes that the Education is critical to end child marriage and giving girls and women the confidence and knowledge to take part in the sustainable development of their communities and countries. She believe that every girl has right to life and should have right to education. Origin of girl child is an origin of mother of next generation.
“Save Girl, Educate Girl” is a campaign initiated by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to end the gender-selective abortion of female foetus (female foeticide). Female Foeticide is an act of killing a female foetus outside of the legal channels of abortion. It occurs in India and many other parts of the world for assumed cultural reasons that span centuries. Female foeticide has led to a sharp drop in the ratio of girls born in contrast to boy infants in many states in India but in many other parts of the world.
The rally was coordinated by Mrs Arti Vyas and Mrs Sulekha Dawda. The rally was accompanied by Mrs Rena Amin, the head of women wing of The BAPS Shree Swaminarayan temple, Ms Anita Ruparelia, chairperson of The Brent Indian Association (one of the oldest Indian organisations in UK) and secretory of National congress of Gujarati organisations, UK, Dr Arpita Ray, Gynaecologist and IVF consultant, and many other prominent females of various different parts of India. Mrs Gull Bilimoria and Mrs Dolly Contractor attended the rally representing Parsi communities support to this vital campaign.
There were scenes of emotions, excitement and jubilation with over one hundred ladies all dressed up in RED saree and traditional attire excited to embark on the rally to Leicester.
The Flag off of the rally was organized at the auspicious venue The BAPS Shree Swaminarayan temple, Neasden, London. The supporters and well-wishers assembled in huge number from various parts of London and outside the London to join and support the rally.
A bright day, to start off with, the event started at around 8.30am with the arrival of supporters and the chief guest Ms Dawn Butler, Member of Parliament. It was a very busy morning with lots of greetings and goodwill wishes pouring in from people all over.
The Flag-off ceremony commenced with two minutes’ silence in remembrance of the people who had lost their lives in various recent terror attacks in UK. This was followed by traditional Pooja performed by Hari Krishna Maharaj. Hari Krishna Maharaj Ji blessed the main rally car and participants with strength, courage for successful completion of the rally. Bharulata Kamble gave a speech expressing her views about the importance of the campaign save girls, Educate girls. Ms Dawn Butler (MP) expressed her views and her pride in supporting the rally.
Mr Atul Pande and team of Dhol Beat UK, a traditional Maharashtrian Dhol Tasha supported the rally. Despite being committed at the Maharashtra Mandal annual gathering (the major Maharashtrian event in London), the Dhol Beat UK participated in the rally to demonstrate their support to the vital campaign.
Finally, with the waving of the Save Girl, Educate Girl flags, the rally embarked on the journey with full energy amidst drums and chanting. It was indeed an elated moment, filled with lots of excitement, emotions and happiness all together. The rally slowly drove off in convoy from The BAPS Shree Swaminaryan Mandir ground to proceed to A406 and then on to M1.
After very divine and emotional flag off with excitement and jubilation, the rally arrived at the The BAPS Shree Swaminarayan temple Wellingbourgh. The temple committee, supporters and well-wishers were waiting to greet the rally. The rally received extremely humble welcome at the temple and the support to the campaign. Once again campaigners were touched by the humbleness of entire team at BAPS temple, Wellingbourgh.
After the darshan at the Wellingborough temple, the gathering once again observed two minutes’ silence in remembrance of people who lost their lives in recent terror attacks in UK. Mrs Rena Amin, the head of women wing of BAPS Shree Swaminarayan Mandir made the opening speech and expressed her views about the importance of the “Save Girl, Educate girl” campaign. Bharulata Kamble addressed the gathering and shared her view, her emotional connections to the campaign, the reasons and importance of the campaign from UK. She also shared her vision and mission during her 32 countries drive and share some experiences briefly. Mrs Gulsan Billimoria spoke on behalf of Parsi community and demonstrated Parsi community support for this vital campaign. Dr Arpita Ray address the gathering from the medical point of view. Mrs Sulekha Dawda, the founder of Happy Sister’s group addressed the gathering followed by Mrs Bhavna Desai, Dr Arpita Ray and Mita Joshi. Finally, the gathering ended with Mrs Arti Vyas’s vote of thanks. The participants then proceed for delicious lunch sponsored by the BAPS Shree Swaminarayan temple.
Finally, the time had arrived for the rally to bid good bye to the Wellingborough tmeple. It was a lovely hospitality and send off from the Shree Swaminarayan Temple,Wellingborough. All participants were humbled by the welcome, hospitality and humbleness of everyone at the temple. The rally departed to Leicester, the final destination.
The lord Mayor of Leicester City Council along with Mr Steve White MBE, Assistance Mayor Mrs Manjula Sood, who was the first ever Indian lady to be the Lord Mayor in UK when she was elected as Lord Mayor, the Mayoress Ms Joshi, Nitiben Gheewala, Mr Narendrabhai Waghela, head of BAPS Temple Leicester and many other prominent dignitaries received the rally at the final destination.
The welcome reception was held at the sabha hall of the Temple. Sanjivbhai, BAPS Temple committee, Leicester made the opening speeches. The gathering once again observed two minutes’ silence in remembrance of people who lost their lives in recent terror attacks in UK. The Lord Mayor made a welcome speech and shared his view and support to the campaign and the rally. Ms Manjula Sood also addressed the gathering and expressed her views and support to the campaign and the rally. Bharulata Kamble addressed the gathering and shared her views and personal connections to the campaign, the reasons and importance of the campaign from UK. Ms Anitaben Ruparelia, the chairperson of Brent Indian Association and secretory of National council of Gujarati organisation addressed the gathering expressing her support the rally and the campaign. Mrs Renaben Amin also addressed the gathering and expressed her views. Finally, the rally concluded with Mrs Arti Vyas’s vote of thanks. The participants then proceed for delicious refreshments sponsored by the BAPS Shree Swaminarayan temple.
Importantly four men, Dr Subodh Kamble, Mr Yuban Chakroborty, Mr Ashokbhai Madlani and Mr Prakashbhai Patel. Priyam Kamble and Aarush Kamble were the youngest members of rally who joined their mum Bharulata Kamble.
The rally was a tremendous success.