Chandigarh : ‘The Triumph’, the fictional text by Sirjandeep Kaur Ubha, an eighteen years old creative writer and Student of Delhi University, was released today in Press Club Chandigarh by S. Balwinder Singh Bhundar, MP, Dr. GS Walia, VC and Dr. Tejinder kaur, Chairperson, PSEB.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Bundar Said that The novel speaks volumes of her sensitivity to the fate of a girl child in Indian social cultural middle class milien, the biases inherited, nurtured and perpetuated against her even before her birth by her own creators, vis a vis their male child and the lusty looks and onslaughts she has to face not only from the outsiders but also from her own male kith and kin at every step of her life. Dr. Gurmohan Singh Walia while congratulating Sirjan said that Sounding to be a feminist by her projection of the oppression, suppression, repression, marginalization, exploitation and victimization meted out to the young female protagonist of her novel, Ibadat not only at the hands of many males but females also, Sirjan aims to highlight the cries and pains suffered by Ibadat in many forms through her determination to struggle for her rightful place and space in the family, and a dignified status in social and professional area, and her success in achieving all these through her sincere and loving mentors and friends.
Dr. Tejinder Kaur in her address said that Sirjan has convincingly floated a vision that girls are not a ‘disgrace’ for the family and society, to be discarded and snubbed, but they are an asset to be cherished and respected and to be granted equal opportunities to grow and develop their personality and shine in every walk of life.
Sirjan while speaking about her novel said that The idea of writing novel on this issue came to my mind back in 2012 when Damini Gang Rape case happened. I was so frustrated by that scenario that I wanted to make people realise the importance of women. Since I couldn’t go home to home to tell people what women is in their lives, I chose the method of conveying my thoughts through my pen. See! This thought came back in 2012 and now even 2014 is about to end but rapes! Rapes are still happening. The state of women is still miserable. She said that her character Ibadat rose up, breaking all the obstacles and barriers on her way and came out to be victorious. But she never let the emotional state of hers give up. She let her parents bless her new born baby girl and ultimately her parents realised that a girl is no less than a boy and they have every right to be successful!
Prof. Achhru Singh said that he is confident that with time and continued writing and reflection, Sirjan will definitely carve a niche for herself in the literary space of Indian writing in English. S. Pritam Singh Rupal shared that the novel is a gripping story of the triumph of will against all odds. Dr. Surjit Singh Bhatti termed the story as a valiant struggle of the young girl for her rights. Prof. Jaspreet Kaur introduced the novel. Dr. Dharminder Singh Ubha welcomed the guests and felt proud to a father of Sirjan. Sh. Harish Jain, Proprietor of Unistar Books, thanked the guests. The function was attended by a great number of intellectuals, writers and other members of the society.