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Fighting against odds gives strength to this social worker

IT IS difficult to remain uninfluenced by her charisma. And one meeting is surely not enough to comprehend her entire personality.Dr Suchet Goindi, a known social worker and an ardent believer in Gandhian thoughts and philosophy, has managed to create a difference in the life of thousands who came in touch with her.
None | By Padmini Singh, Allahabad
PUBLISHED ON MAR 25, 2006 12:12 AM IST

IT IS difficult to remain uninfluenced by her charisma. And one meeting is surely not enough to comprehend her entire personality.

Dr Suchet Goindi, a known social worker and an ardent believer in Gandhian thoughts and philosophy, has managed to create a difference in the life of thousands who came in touch with her.

Her courage to fight against all odds and determination to abide by her principles have always been her strength and this is what she keeps inculcating in others, especially the youngsters.

"Basically, I am an educationist and believe that education centres should be established as the centres of social consciousness," she said. She was entrusted with the responsibility to erect the first government women's degree college in Rampur in 1976. She remained the principal of the college for several years and managed to create awareness among girls about their rights and duties. She fought courageously against goondaism at her doorsteps.

"It has never been my idea to answer any act of violence with violence. Women are blessed with inner strength which is greater as compared to men. Besides, their own self-esteem is the best way to fight back," she added.

Dr Goindi, who doesn't want to sit idle, is still very active in the field of social work. She is the member of the advisory board of Servants of People Society.

She keeps participating in the activities of Socialist Front, AIWC (All India Women's Conference), Kasturba Gandhi Memorial Trust and she also runs an organisation Surabhi which is meant to promote budding female writers. Besides, there is not dearth of incidents where she acts as the keyperson in cases of extending a helping hand to women in distress.

What irks her at present is the increase in dowry deaths and issues related to this social evil. "This evil is increasing on account of the onslaught of consumerism and increase in desires. Besides, in order to evade it the girls must respect themselves as human beings with equal rights and boys must learn that asking for dowry is a shameful act and not to be glorified. Intervention by neighbours is a must in such cases since their interference can stop any mishap," she added.

The woman, whose fashion statement is white khadi, is the daughter of Dr Bhagwan Singh Goindi, who was known as 'Sialkot Gandhi'. Her elder sisters have been her source of inspiration.

At present she is busy experimenting with her strong belief of developing education centres as the centres of social consciousness. "I have opened up a school for the children of Mallah community at Sadiabad and yet another school for the children of prostitutes and destitute children. Besides, it is my passion to reach out the students of schools, college and universities in order alert them against the scheme of multinationals in robbing us of our culture, weakening our economy and overshadowing the political scenario", said Dr Goindi.  

She has the credit to submit first thesis in aesthetics in the country and she has written five books till now which are based on her real life experiences.

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