Jabna Chauhan

Social Talks celebrates women’s day not on just one particular day cause it’s a celebration each day and every moment of it. The glorification of woman by the social media who are somehow different, make bold statements does not help common women to be liberal rather it makes it deterogatory. Instead of projecting today’s women as feminists, bold and forward, why cant’s we hail innumerable simple and resilient women who have brought changes in the society; even in their homes and lives by sheer grit, determination and strong will. Liberations comes from education, from being able to stand for her rights, from being not throttled, from not being used and abused and that is the true ‘Celebration’ and Ubunttu salutes such women. Today, we share the story of Jabna Chauhan, a mere 22year old girl who became the youngest gram panchayat of Tharjun, located in the Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh. As any usual village girl, she had seen it all through her tender eyes. She faced equal resistance in getting education but acquired it through all odds. She completed her entire education from local schools and college as she never could afford to move out to enroll in some prestigious institute. She began her career as an anchor and reporter at a local news channel, where she got acquainted with the problems her community and village was enduring. The inner desire to bring in a positive change in her village, prompted her to contest the panchayat's general assembly elections and fortunately she won. Within a year of her being elected, she changed the face of her village. Tharjun was awarded the ‘first position’ in the cleanliness department and received praise from Akshay Kumar during Toilet-Ek Prem Katha promotions for her Swachh Bharat initiatives. She singlehandedly, managed to bring in the rule to prohibit alcohol in her constituency. Customarily, she too faced lots of resistance, but she could manage to implement it through seminars, counselling and tough viewpoint for the villagers. For her endeavor, Sundar Nagar’s Samajik Jagaran Manch requested the government to make their sarpanch Jabna Chauhan the brand ambassador for alcohol prohibition to speed up the process. Her relentless attitude and energy has made Tharjun one of the model villages for others to follow. Her work and efforts have been hailed by the Governor of the state, Acharya Dev Vrat and Chief Minister of Himachal Pradedsh, Virbhadra Singh, and she was honoured as the 'Best Sarpanch’. Last year, Jabna has been esteemed by none other than by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the occasion of International Women’s Day. In conclusion, we would like to put in the words of Michelle Obama on International Women’s Day that quotes “The ability to read, write, and analyze; the confidence to stand up and demand justice and equality; the qualifications and connections to get your foot in that door and take your seat at that table—all of that starts with education.” However, her desire to work for the development of society is what has now brought her here, and she has brought about massive changes in just one year.

Rohit Dixit

Rohit Dixit is a Law Student, whose heart is inclined towards Football. He has been performing on stage since he was 4 years old. He believes that the noblest art is that of making others happy.