HOW CAN a sportsperson relate to a social cause? Santosh Yadav, the ace mountaineer who has climbed Mt Everest twice, says, “I have earned a name in mountaineering after crossing so many obstacles. If a woman like me who comes from a small village can do this, it is my duty to I use this privileged position for the uplift of women.”
Speaking to Hindustan Times on the sidelines of the programme, Santosh, who had come with her children – son Mahir and daughter Mahimanandini – said she has been associated with the cause of women since a long time.
“I never miss an opportunity to raise the issue on any platform,” she said adding, “Female infanticide is really a cause of concern. More and more awareness must be spread by using all possible mediums.”
“I have fought with the social circumstances, it was hard even to convince my parents to let me join this field. Now, if I can do this, why not others?” she said adding, “women in villages have to fight for their rights. They have to become united and fight the social imbalance.”
Meanwhile, speaking to HT Bhaiyyu Dada said, “Ours is a religious country. People listen more when the religious leaders tell and lead with example, hence this seminar.”
On a question why Santosh Yadav for the programme, he said, “If Ahilya epitomised ‘sanskars’ and Meera stood for spirituality, Santosh symbolises motherhood. I am what I am today only because my mother endowed me with good values,” he said adding, “Females should not let themselves be exploited and know their own strengths.”