Mysuru: Executive Chairman and Founder of HCG-BHIO Dr B S Ajaikumar on Wednesday urged the society to elect more women in politics so that we have well-rounded leaders governing us. At the Women’s Day celebrations here held at Kalamandir organised by Bharat Hospital and Institute of Oncology, Dr Ajaikumar said the time has come for women to be at the forefront of politics and governance. “Women are born leaders. The way they run a family and a home daily demonstrates their leadership skills. Now they need to sit in panchayats, assemblies and parliament and rule the people. We are soon going to start rigorous political leadership training for our 5,000 women in Begur and Gundlupet. These women will eventually enter politics and contest elections.”
Dr Ajaikumar said hundreds of women are working as doctors, nurses and caretakers at BHIO and all HCG hospitals. “When I recruit a woman in my hospital I know for sure, she will be a committed and sincere worker. I have seen that a woman has more dedication and gives her 100 per cent every single day. An empowered woman is an asset to any society. Today women are foraying into all fields – technology, science, arts, and defence. They join our armed forces and even fly fighter jets. They have their own cricket team too. I always feel, give a woman the opportunity and she will put her heart and soul into it to get success. Women’s day should be every day. Let us celebrate women every day instead of just one day in a year”.
R Indira, former chairperson, Department of Sociology, Manasagangotri, University of Mysore who also spoke on the occasion said “Though some of the issues or problems women facing are solved there are new problems which women are facing which also includes online crimes. Globally internet access to women is less; during covid, according to studies 40 per cent of women didn’t have online access. Even today many traditional families don’t get mobile phones for their daughters. Going by all this women empowerment is very much need of the hour”.
Bhagya Ajaikumar, Director, BHIO who also spoke on the occasion said “This day is marked to recognize achievements of women in all fields- in arts, science, social, economic & political endeavors. We need to focus on bringing gender equality. Make each day Women’s Day because the achievement of gender equality is everyone’s responsibility. It is not just we have to think of this day only as dedicated to women, but rather take the responsibility to encourage women in their professional roles each day & every day. Every woman is an artist, it is how she articulates work and home and balance for the better, every role she assumes and every small thing she does matters. Many of us worship SHE as Mother Earth, Shakti, and Ardanarishwari but when it comes to practicality women are not recognized for their strength, even in parliaments and assemblies they are not treated equally, equal pay is not given and opportunities are not given for equal participation in the workforce”.
Doctors rule the roost: Usually, for most of the programs of BHIO, the event including the anchoring was done by women folk but on Wednesday, gentlemen doctors of BHIO, Dr Vinayakumar Muttagi, Dr KG Srinivas, Dr M Vijaykumar, Dr GH Abhilash and Dr R Raxithsringeri had taken up the decision to host the entire event to pay respect for all the women. Doctor’s gesture was well appreciated by the women. Dollu Kunitha which was usually performed by male was seen performed by women staff members of BHIO. After a few days training under the watchful eyes of Kumar, BHIO girls came out with an outstanding dollu kunita performance to mesmerize the crowd who had come in good numbers. Women achievers including nursing superintendents from various hospitals were honored on the occasion.
Bike and bicycle rally: Women from various walks of life took out bike and cycle rally from Kalamandira on theme ‘Riding Your Way to Good Health”. The rally was flagged off at Kalamandira and passed through Hunsur road, Open Air Theatre road and Kukkarahallli lake road before culminating at Kalamandira.
With the theme DigitALL – Innovation and Technology for Gender Equality, BHIO is having health packages for teachers including free consultation and 50 per cent discount on Mammography, ultrasound, Pap smear and blood investigation throughout this month. Dr YS Madhavi, Medical Superintendent of BHIO and Nirmala K Murthy, COO of BHIO were also present.