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    Default Women should stop feeling guilty, urges Nandita Das

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    Acclaimed actress Nandita Das wants women to stop feeling guilty if they are unable to give their best in a job. She says women need to feel "no pressure to prove" anything to the world.
    She salutes the women who "crossed the threshold" and took a "step towards freedom and, in the process, opened doors for other women", and is proud how she was always treated like a son.
    On International Women's Day, Nandita shares her views:
    "Yet another Woman's Day! No, can't afford to be cynical. I have consciously made sure that cynicism doesn't seep into my life and have striven to be an eternal optimist. And there are indeed good reasons to be. If I take my own life, I grew up in a family where I suffered absolutely no discrimination and, in fact, being the elder of the siblings, was the 'son' of the family.
    Right from my childhood, I had the freedom to make my own choices - in the subjects I took in school, the work that I pursued, the person I fell in love with ... and all other decisions I have taken in my life. Slowly I became aware that this was not the norm and how fortunate I was to have the space to just 'be'. But both in my human rights work and films, I have met innumerable women who are constantly negotiating through their circumstances to find that little space where they can make their own choices.
    ...being a human...



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