‘Why should the colour of my skin define my stand in the society?’

At the Asian Endoscopy Ultrasound (EUS) conference, actor Nandita Das held a short talk on ‘being oneself in the today's world’

Why should the colour of my skin define my stand in the society?’

Had you walked through the wooden door of the Hall C around 2 pm on Friday at the Renaissance Convention Centre, Powai, you would have witnessed an air of elegance and poise at the hall.

The unceasing claps and the silent audience was an indication of her persona that the acclaimed film celebrity Nandita Das carries all along with her.

She has been spearheading the debate of women’s equality in the India and very strongly puts forth her views in her home country and across the globe.

At the Asian Endoscopy Ultrasound (EUS) conference, she gave a short speech on ‘being oneself in the today’s world.

“You know it’s important to address the fact that we are all here to discuss this. Being a woman, a Hindu, or an Indian none of these are in our hands. Yet, how we choose treat each of these identities, is very much on us,” said Das.

Why should the colour of my skin define my stand in the society?’
Nandita Das, Bollywood Actor

While the talk, among other important topics, was on how the society has assigned and defined specific gender roles.

“I was bought up in a house where my father did the household chores because he was a painter and my mother would do a 9-5 job. Fortunately, I was exposed to this pretty early on in life. That is why, as a parent and an individual, gender equality must be given by the virtue of being a human and no excuse should take this away from you,” she added.

Among other things, one of the most appreciated campaigns endorsed by the actor is ‘Dark is Beautiful’.

“Even a three-year-old in the country talks about the concept of fair skin. That’s so strongly imbibed in us that, I think it should be addressed. Why should the colour of my skin define my stand in the society?” asked Das as a concluding rhetorical statement.