Independence Day was celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm at Barli Development Institute for Rural
Women on 15th August 2012. The Chief guest of the programme was Dr. Neerja Pouranik (Senior
Gynecological Specialist, Bombay Hospital). The program was attended by 100 participants including Dr
Geeta Handa (member of the Institute’s board), staff, and tribal women-trainees from 57 villages (from
Alirajpur, Dhar, Badwani, Indore, Khargone, Khandwa and from Banswada (Rajasthan). For many of the
illiterate women this was a once-in-lifetime occasion, when they hoisted the flag and sang the National
anthem.
Tribal Women hoist National Flag in Barli Institute on Independence Day
The programme started at 9.30 a.m in which the
flag-hoisting was done by three physically
challenged tribal young women-trainees: Ms Loya
Chouhan, Ms Rinku Chouhan  and Ms Amna Jamre
(from villages of Alirajpur and Khargone districts) in
the presence of Mrs. Tahera Jadhav (Director), Mr.
Yogesh Jadhav (Chief Operating Officer), guests,
and staff members.
In her welcome address the Director, Mrs. Tahera
Jadhav congratulated the women-trainees for being part
of this special program. She said that women freedom
fighters had sacrificed their lives for achieving our
freedom. But still there are so many social evils against
the women in rural society and women are still not able
to achieve true freedom. The 6-month training at the
Institute empowers the women to achieve true freedom
by empowering them in life-skills and making them
agents of social change. Elaborating from Baha’i spiritual
Writings she said that individual freedom and
responsibility towards national laws go hand in hand.
She encouraged the trainees and said that they must
dream big but also should cultivate courage to achieve
these big objectives.
The chief guest, Dr Pauranik spoke in Bhilali
dialect and said that ignorance and superstition
are the bane of the tribal society today, and must
be tackled very urgently so that true freedom could
be achieved by the tribal women. She
congratulated the women-trainees and wished
them a healthy and bright future. Dr Handa
inspired the trainees by quoting from the life of
Pandit Nehru. The trainees presented a beautiful
cultural program including songs on national unity,
patriotism and a dance on national unity. The
program was conducted by Ms Rekha Kewat and a
vote of thanks was proposed by Mr. Yogesh
Jadhav (Chief Operating Officer).

The program succeeded in its objective of empowering
the young tribal women by instilling confidence and
taking-up their social responsibilities towards making a
positive change in the society