Our team salutes those eunuchs who have carved the path ahead for their clan to come out of misery & hold successful positions in the mainstream society and have been the source of motivation for our mission at Vrihnla Foundation.
Being the deviant amongst the deviants, Shabnam Mausi struggled her way to the mainstream by directing getting elected from the Sohagpur constituency in Madhya Pradesh as a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Madhya Pradesh from 1998 to 2003. This depicted a remarkable representation of the backward & neglected Hijra community in the parliamentarian & constitutional set-up of our country.
Acquiring a multi-faceted skill set with the skills of being a TV Actor, Vocal Artist & a trained Kathak Dancer she later evolved as the prime time face as a news anchor on a Coimbatore based Lotus News Channel. No stereotypes hindered her progress and she persevered during tough times. She broke the ice towards securing herself a rightful entitlement in the mainstream society and created a benchmark of excellence in her own way.
Traditionally, it has always been said, that one should stand up for one’s own rights and fight against any kind of injustice meted out to them. Additionally, as a part of the social reform movements that have taken place as witnessed in the books of History, it has been reiterated time and again, to work for the upliftment of the downtrodden in our society. Lakshmi Narayan Tripathi became the bold and firm voice of the Hijra community across the globe. She not just stood up for their rights but fought a fierce legal battle along with other petitioners against the injustice meted out to them. She voiced their pain & yes, she was heard. She convinced the apex court in India to think beyond the mere two brackets of gender classification. Her efforts witnessed victory when in 2014, the Supreme Court of India delivered the landmark judgement of recognizing the third gender & thereby acknowledging their separate existence in the society. However, while speaking at ‘Bridge 2018’ she pronounced the need for sensitizing the society without which the judgement won’t make a difference. Lakshmi Narayan Tripathi is a world renowned transgender rights activist and also a Bharatnatyam dancer and an actress. She has evolved as a globally famous third gender celebrity while voicing the pain of their community.
Her qualification speaks for herself. She holds a doctorate degree in Philosophy and has been a faculty in Bengali as an Associate Professor. She had then trodden ahead to becoming a Principal of a Women’s College. Knowledge is power & rightly so. She firmly believed that education would help her to live a respectable life & indeed it did. She not only earned a respectable position in the mainstream society but also socially and financially empowered herself with her efforts in the academic field.
Proving the dominant opinion about the third gender as a mere fallacy, Kalki Subramaniam rose above the branded barriers of being a third gender and earned the accolades of two Masters Degrees; one in Journalism and Mass Communication, and another in Intellectual Relations. She has adorned her professional career in the mainstream society by becoming a journalist, a writer and a social activist. She didn’t stop at just that. She went onto to become the Founder of Sahodari Foundation that works for the transgender community. Additionally, she ventured into the arena of acting by making her debut in the film Narthaki – life of a transgender woman.
In what we can call as a path-breaking achievement for the third gender community, Sathyasri Sharmila has become the first transgender lawyer in India. In July 2018, she enrolled herself on the Bar Council of Tamil Nadu & Puducherry and became a trendsetter in her own remarkable way. She has paved the path ahead for the Hijra community in India. With her achievement, she has compelled the Hijra community to think beyond their existential difficulties. She has reiterated that even the third gender can make a difference in the mainstream society by stepping out of the closet of darkness.