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Corporate Sufi It Is

By denying women their rights, we deny rights to the entire humanity for we are also ignoring the contribution of half of humanity.

Last Updated: Oct 18, 2014, 04.13 AM IST
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By AZIM JAMAL

The UN recently declared the 'He for She' campaign. That set me thinking. Even after millennia of civilisation, human rights for all still remain amatter of debate rather than an accepted reality. Why deny equal rights and opportunities to half our population under the garb of morality or tradition? By denying women their rights, we deny rights to the entire humanity for we are also ignoring the contribution of half of humanity.

Moreover, our worlds intersect not only on the outside but also on the inside. Aren’t we all born of both mother and father? And doesn’t each of us has both the masculine and feminine aspects in us? To deny a part of you is, clearly, to deny your totality. That's why I talk of the 'Corporate Sufi' as it brings together both the male and female aspects of life to present a unified whole.

While the corporate aspect might express the masculine trait with its emphasis on drive, the softer feminine aspect shines through the Sufi element, with its compassion, creativity and perspective. When we try to enslave the other, we, too, become enslaved. You lose your freedom. A friend spent a large part of his savings on buying his dream car. Not a day passed by when he was not consumed by anxiety that someone would damage it. So much so, he took the subway to work. What you possess begins to possess you. So why not break free?

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