The scarcity of Fearless Women in India
The Nidar Project is a response to this scarcity of fearless women in India, a country whose cities have appeared on the rape capital cities of the world lists and women everywhere are always subconsciously afraid of venturing out too far of their comfort zones.
Faith can move mountains and this saying has never been truer than in India. Religion has often been used as an excuse to shrink a woman’s position in society, her education, her clothing, her right to life. This project seeks to use the symbolism of religion to empower women, instead of negating their roles in our society. What if we could trigger into this cultural psyche of the Indian mindsets at large? One where our mothers teach us to be fearless, to be wild, powerful and almost devil (goddess)-like. The Hindu goddesses are full of this fearlessness but somehow our women aren’t. Using the symbolism of the weapons of the Hindu goddesses could we craft a Talisman (in a form like a swiss army knife) for Indian women, to provoke a new culture of fearlessness and invoke their inner strengths and stand up against the violence together to make a change in the Indian society.