क्रांतिकारी नारीवाद में सू-फेमिनिज़्म (Sū-Feminism) और सी-फेमिनिज़्म (Sī-Feminism) के भारतीय विकल्प

– प्रोफ़ेसर बलराम सिंह

अंतर्राष्ट्रीय नारी दिवस इस बार सीता जयंती के आस-पास होने से स्वाभाविक विचार आया कि क्या होता यदि सीता नारीवादी होतीं? यदि होतीं, तो किस तरह का नारीवाद प्रतिपादित करतीं? क्या आज का नारीवादी समूह (फेमिनिस्ट ग्रुप) उन्हें स्वीकार करता? ऐसा माना जाता है कि संसार में ऐसी कोई विचारधारा नहीं, जो महाभारत काव्य में न मिले, और उसी तरह विश्व में ऐसा कोई चरित्र नहीं, जो रामायण अथवा रामचरित मानस में न मिले। इस प्रकार नारियों के अनेक रूप रामायण के घटनाक्रमों में दृष्टिगोचर होते हैं। इनमें कैकेयी, कैकसी, कौशल्या, मंथरा, ताड़का, तारा, मंदोदरी, रुमा, सूरसा, सिंहिका, शबरी, सीता, शूर्पणखा, स्वयंप्रभा, सुलक्षणा, मांडवी, उर्मिला, श्रुतकीर्ति, अहिल्या, अनुसूइया, लंकिनी, इत्यादि उल्लेखनीय नारियाँ रही हैं। वैसे तो इन सभी नारियों के साहस, स्वातन्त्र्य, सामर्थ्य एवं समर्पण की अपनी अद्भुत कहानियां हैं, नारीवाद के प्रसंग का यथोचित प्रतिपादन सीता और शूर्पणखा चरित्र से प्राप्त हो सकता है।

हम देखते हैं कि सीता और शूर्पणखा ये दोनों क्रान्तिकारी महिलाएँ थीं। शूर्पणखा ने उस त्रेता काल में अपने मन से विवाह किया था। हालांकि, रावण ने उसे स्वीकार नहीं किया था। लेकिन, उसके बावजूद वह सेना की एक कमांडर, हुआ करती थी, और पूरा दंडकारण्य उसके अधीन था। इसलिए उसने राम को, जब वे  वहाँ पहुँचे, तो ललकारा। तो ऐसी वैसी महिला नहीं थी शूर्पणखा। वह बलिष्ठ थी और अपने क्रान्तिकारी विचारों के आधार पर ही उसने कार्य किए। उसने अपने महाबली भाई रावण से एक समझौते के अंतर्गत उस क्षेत्र का कार्यभार संभाला था, वह सबला थी, अबला नहीं। वह कूटनीति में निपुण थी, रणनीतिज्ञ थी। रूप, रंग, तेवर बदलने के गुण थे, उसके अंदर। खर, दूषण जैसे सेना नायक उसके आदेश का पालन करते थे। और वह यह सब अपने क्रान्तिकारी विचारों के कारण थी। वह स्वच्छंद, मनचली थी। उसके राम या लक्षमण के ऊपर आसक्ति केवल स्वच्छंदता ही नहीं, बल्कि रणनीति को भी दर्शाती है। राम रावण युद्ध की मुख्य पात्र वही थी।

सीता भी कम नहीं थीं, लेकिन व्यतिरेक है। सीता को प्रायः एक अनुसेवी, आज्ञाकारी, समर्पित महिला के रूप में दिखाया जाता रहा है, परन्तु सीता जन्म से ही एक क्रांतिकारी स्वभाव की व्यक्ति थीं। दो घटनाओं से यह पता लगता है – एक कि, राजा जनक ने कहा था कि, ये धनुष शिवजी का है, कोई उसको उठाएगा नहीं। और क्या किया सीताजी ने? पहले धनुष को उठा दिया। अपने पिता की अवज्ञा करके उठा दिया। ये तो दूसरी बात है कि धनुष बहुत भारी था, उठाईं कैसे। लेकिन उन्होंने कहा कि, शिव का धनुष है, तो मैं क्यों नहीं उठाऊँ, मैं साफ करूँगी, मैं उठाऊँगी। और दूसरा, जब राम और लक्ष्मण जब वन जाने लगे, तो कैसे उर्मिला नहीं गईं, कैसे सुमित्रा ने इस बात के लिए लक्ष्मण को मनाया, लेकिन सीता को कोई नहीं मना पाया। बहुत सारे सन्दर्भ कहे गए हैं, जिसमें सीता को प्रकृति के बारे में बहुत ज्ञान था, लेकिन दर्शन की भी वह बहुत बड़ी ज्ञाता थीं, और उन्होंने दर्शन के आधार पर राम से वाद-विवाद करके ये सिद्ध किया कि, नारी का स्थान पति से परे नहीं हो सकता है, खासकर अगर पति विपत्ति में हो तो। इसलिए वह भी एक ऐसी नारी थीं, जिन्होंने क्रान्तिकारी विचारों का आचरण करके अपने जीवन के आदर्शों का पालन किया।

सीता के विद्रोही विचारों की और भी झलक मिलती है, जब उन्होंने अपने देवर लक्षमण की खींची रेखा को भी भिक्षा देने हेतु पार किया, और लंका से हनुमान जी के साथ अकेले आने से इंकार कर दिया था। लेकिन इन विद्रोही कार्यों में भी उनके कर्तव्य पालन की ही छवि दिखती है। लक्षमण रेखा भी पार कर उन्होंने रघुकुल को किसी भिक्षुक को खाली हाथ लौटने के कलंक से बचाने, तथा पापी रावण को दंड दिलवाये बिना हनुमान जी के साथ लंका से वापस आने से इंकार किया था। 

अंत में सीता जी अयोध्या आने के पश्चात् निष्कासन की बात आती है, जिस पर लोग (विशेषतः महिलाएं) बहुत सारी आपत्तियाँ जाहिर करते हैं। वह घटना भी एक सन्दर्भ में ही समझी जा सकती है। भारत की परम्पराओं में खासकर के उस समय की परम्परा में जब राजा सिंहासन पर बैठता था, उसका राज्याभिषेक होता था, तो रानी का भी राज्याभिषेक होता था। सिर्फ राजा का राज्याभिषेक नहीं होता था, इसलिए यह नहीं कहा जा सकता है कि, रानी राजा से किसी तरह से कम हो सकती है। तो राम कौन होते हैं उनको निकालने वाले? अगर उनका भी राज्याभिषेक हुआ, तो ऐसा नहीं हो सकता है।

दूसरी बात यह है कि, उस समय राजतंत्र नहीं हुआ करता था, बल्कि प्रजातंत्र हुआ करता था। प्रजा का जो मूल रूप है, वह आज वाला प्रजातंत्र नहीं है, जिसको लोग कभी-कभी प्रजातंत्र कह देते हैं। प्रजा की एक सबसे बड़ी विशेषता है कि, प्रजा जो है वह आत्मनिर्भर होती है। वह किसी सरकार की नौकरी के चक्कर में नहीं होती, किसी सरकार से उसको कुछ नहीं चाहिए। जब वह आत्मनिर्भर होगी, तो जैसे अभी कुछ लोग गाँव से जुड़े होंगे, तो धोबी, नाई, कारपेंटर, कुम्हार, ये सारे लोग अभी भी नौकरी नहीं करते हैं, और ये अपने जीवन को स्वयं पालते हैं। उस समय राम के राज्य में किसी को नौकरी नहीं करनी पड़ती थी। सब लोग अपनी, जो भी उनके सृजनात्मक भाव थे, विचार थे, कुशलता थी, उन्हीं के आधार पर जीते थे। इसलिए वे पूरी तरह से स्वतंत्र थे, और राम इस बात को मानते थे कि, अगर स्वतंत्र व्यक्ति कुछ कहता है, तो उसे हमको मानना पड़ेगा।

राम की अपनी बात नहीं थी, बल्कि वो इस प्रणाली या व्यवस्था के लिए पूरी तरह से कटिबद्ध थे। सीता जी भी कटिबद्ध थीं, क्योंकि दोनों का राज्याभिषेक हुआ था। धोबी आता है, तो धोबी प्रजा में आता है, और जो भी कहते हैं, जो भी ऐसी बातें होती हैं, सीता जी स्वयं इसका निर्णय लेकर वह जाती हैं जंगल में। अब लोग बोलेंगे कि, कैसे ये निर्णय लेकर जाएँगी जंगल में?

आज के युग में अगर आधुनिकता देखनी है, तो अगर मियाँ बीवी में कोई बातचीत हो जाती है, तो पहले तो माताजी के यहाँ फोन जाता है, मायके में, भाई को बुलाओ, बाप को बुलाओ इनको समझाएँ, नहीं तो पुलिस को बुलाओ। लोग कहेंगे कि, उस समय पुलिस नहीं थी, गुरु तो थे, गुरु के यहाँ जा सकतीं थीं। लेकिन वह गईं कहाँ? जंगल में। उनका बाप झोपड़ी में रहने वाला तो था नहीं। मान लीजिए नहीं बुलातीं, तो राजा था उनका बाप, मायके चली जातीं। लेकिन क्यों नहीं गईं? इससे लगता है कि उनका निर्णय उनका था। अगर उनको निकाला जाता तो ऐसा वो नहीं कर सकतीं थीं। अगर उनका निर्णय उनका था, तो उनके व्यवहार को देखना पड़ेगा। उन्होंने राम के प्रति नकारात्मक एक भी शब्द न तो कभी खुद कहा, न अपने बच्चों से कहने दिया? और अन्त में उनकी मुलाकात राम से होती है, तब राम की बात का विद्रोही भाव से उल्लंघन करते हुए धरती में समाती हैं, ये कह के समाती हैं कि, आगे कभी भी मेरा जन्म होगा, तो मैं आपको ही पति-रूप में पाना चाहती हूँ। आजकल के ज़माने में जहाँ डिवोर्स बहुत बढ़ता जा रहा है, ऐसी नारी जो इतनी यातनाओं के बाद भी अपने कुल की परम्पराओं के आधार पर अपने जीवन को कठोरता से भोगते हुए, अपने बच्चों का पालन करते हुए, मान मर्यादा से रहते हुए और इस संसार से जाती है, वह नारी रामराज्य लाने में, रामराज्य प्रकट करने में सहायक सिद्ध हो सकती है। 

इसलिए,

‘रघुकुल रीति सदा चलि आई, प्राण जाइ पर वचन न जाई।

जैसी कुलरीति को सीता ने पूरी तरह संजोकर अपने आचरण में, अपने चरित्र में प्रकट किया। इस प्रकार सीता का वैदेही नहीं, बल्कि ये विद्रोही भाव ही रामायण की जड़, आधार, एवं सम्पूरण है, और रामायण को सीतायण कहना अतिशयोक्ति नहीं होगी। हालाँकि इस बात के लिए सीता की सम्मति संभवतः नहीं होगी।

आज की महिलाएँ, आज की बहू, बेटियाँ, बहनें, माताएँ व् पत्नियां अगर क्रान्तिकारी नारीवादी बनना चाहती हैं, तो उनके सन्मुख दो सशक्त भारतीय विकल्प मौजूद हैं, एक सू-नारीवाद (सू -फेमिनिज्म), जिसमे शूर्पणखा वाला क्रान्तिकारी, बलिष्ठ, स्वच्छंद, और बराबरी का भाव-विचार व आचरण हैं, तथा दूसरा सी-नारीवाद (सी-फेमिनिज्म), जिसमें सीता वाला विद्रोही, कर्तव्यनिष्ठ, परम्परावादी, व धार्मिक भाव-विचार व आचरण हैं।

– Prof. Bal Ram Singh, Director, Institute of Advanced Sciences, Dartmouth, MA, USA and Fellow, Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Advanced Study, JNU, Delhi, India

Women Shaping the World as ‘Mothers’

Mrs. Rati Hegde

One of the most beautiful roles that a woman can play in her life is that of a Mother. It is said that “the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world”. What is it about motherhood that is so appealing? Is it just about carrying a life within one, nourishing it for 9 months within and then bringing forth life into the world? Or is it about shaping a personality and then giving the civilization a mature individual who can shape other lives in this world? Or is it about prayers and sacrifices which a woman undertakes to give her child the best in this world? In a way, I guess we all feel that motherhood is a little of all this and more.

In the Mārkandeya Purana, we read about the story of Rānī Madalasa, who was the wife of Rājā Ritdhwaja. When she was carrying her first three children and while bringing them up she sang to them verses which illumined the children about the true nature of their Atman. On growing up, the children went on to do Tapasyā and became realized souls. The Rājā worried about the future of his Prajā and he requested Madalasa to give thought to them too. When she became pregnant with the fourth child, Madalasa sang songs of valour so that he would imbibe the qualities of a great warrior and enable him to protect his kingdom and make it prosperous. She also taught him to look at other women as his mother, to care for his subjects and become established in Dharma and Viveka Buddhi. This boy, Alarka, grew up to be a righteous king and a mighty warrior.

In the Māhābhārata, we come across the story of Yayati and his wives Devyani and Sharmishtha. Sharmishtha sacrificed every pleasure known to her as a youngster, to satisfy her father’s Guru Shukracharya’s daughter, Devyani. Her son was Puru who was the youngest son of Rājā Yayati. When Yayati wanted to continue with enjoying the pleasures of life despite his nearing old age, he was told that if any of his sons would exchange his youth for his father’s old age, Yayati could enjoy many more years of youth. It was only Sharmishtha’s son Puru who intrinsically understood the futile search to satisfy physical and materialistic pleasures of life. He offered to take his father’s old age in return for his youth. After many years Yayati came to the realisation that physical pleasures could never be completely satiated and that the search for uniting the Atman with the Brahmn was the only search worth aiming for. He gave back his youth and the entire kingdom to Puru and blessed him. Puru went on to rule justly for thousands of years.

In the Māhābhārata, we also come across the story of a mother who fell asleep. This normal action of hers caused the loss of her very valiant son’s life. Yes, I’m referring to Subhadra and Abhimanyu.  Abhimanyu learnt about entering the Chakravyuha because he as an unborn baby, paid attention to his uncle Sri Krishna telling Subhadra about the interesting formation of the Chakravyuha. But when Subhadra fell asleep, Sri Krishna did not continue with the secret of coming out of the Chakravyuha because of which Abhimanyu never learnt about it. In the war, he managed to break through the formation and cause great havoc but was not able to come out of it alive. This story is generally used to warn mothers that whenever Mothers are not alert, it spells disaster to their progeny.

Our scriptures also talk about a child who learnt all about the Mantras, the Vedas and other texts while in the womb itself, so well that he could correct his father when he made a mistake. The father was Kahoda and the child was Ashtavakra. Ashtavakra learnt all the Vedas in the womb of his mother Sujata who was the daughter of Rishi Uddalaka. Sujata used to be seated near the place where her father Uddalaka taught everyday and her son learnt the scriptures before he was born. Though he got a curse from his father Kahoda for correcting him, Ashtavakra forgave him because he was a realized soul.

The best example of learning about devotion to Bhagawan comes from the story of Bhakta Prahlada. His mother Kayadhu stayed at the Ashrama of Narada Muni during her pregnancy and she kept listening to the various leelas of MahaVishnu from him. As her devotion to MahaVishnu grew, so did Prahalada’s. In fact his devotion was so unshakable that even when repeatedly threatened with death by his father, Bhakta Prahlada remained rooted in his faith in Bhagawan.

One may have a doubt in one’s mind that the above tales are of those mothers who do not feature in modern history, so maybe they are just tales and not completely believable. The truth is that even in reasonably modern history we see the repeat of these tales in our lives. Meerabai, the great devotee of Sri Krishna was introduced to Him by her mother. Chhattrapati Shivaji Maharaj became an epitome of bravery and warrior of Dharma because of his mother Jijabai. Adi Shankaracharya was born a realized soul because of the penance of his mother Aryaamba. It is said that Rahul Dev Barman, the famous music director of Hindi films, could understand ‘sur-taal’ even as an infant and hence he was given the nickname Pancham.

Indeed, a mother has in her, the capacity to shape the world through her offspring. It is one of the most elevated roles of a human life because mothers can bring forth a race of humane, wise and caring people if they set their minds to it. The only condition is that they have to align themselves to the positive vibrations that surround us and mold their thoughts to merge with that of a higher self. Human beings feel complete only when they are emotionally and spiritually satisfied. Mothers can play an important role in this by not just caring for the physical self while pregnant and while bringing up their child, but also fill their entire being with good thoughts and devotion to the Supreme One.

Becoming a Mother is important but more important is becoming a channel for good, kind and wise souls to enter our earth.

“Mātrudevo Bhava”.

Mrs. Rati Hegde, columnist and author

Why Women are still considered Second Class Citizen in Indian Society?

*[‘International Women’s Day’ – celebrating Womanhood that comprises of all the attributes that are natural to Women i.e., patient, affectionate, caring, emotional, generous, devoted, elegant, calm, sensitive, strong, courageous amongst the top ones.

In this era of male dominance our society is constantly dealing with conflicting issues such as gender equality & women empowerment. Recent movies for instance, Padmaavat and Manikarnika made a huge impact on mindset of people as the portrayal of Women therein, represents & redefine the multitude characteristics of a woman. How significant is to hold on to one’s individuality, is to be learnt from such powerful characters of Indian society. In this small initiative at Vedic WAVES Blog, an effort has been made through a survey to gather an opinion over the current status as enjoyed by women in present day society, in India.]  

*Editorial note by Dr. Aparna (Dhir) Khandelwal, Assistant Professor, School of Indic Studies, INADS, Dartmouth, USA

Women are not just considered but are also treated as 2nd to men in current society. Ancient social engineering made women equal half. First time a woman was considered an object … Bharata rose in arms to protect Dharma of equality and respect.

Ms. Neera Mishra, Chairperson, Draupadi Dream Trust

I consider the very question based on ignorance. Granted gender discrimination occurs around the world (in case of both sexes) and India would have it’s own share of problems. I grew up in villages and also spent time in cities of India. I also lived in multiple countries. Based on my limited experience I have not seen imbalanced discrimination against women.

That remains my experience.  If at all, I have noticed discriminatory laws against men, especially in family law courts around the world.

Mr. Nilesh Oak, Adjunct Faculty, School of Indic Studies, INADS, Dartmouth, USA

Theoretically, women are on a par with men but in actual practice they are considered second class citizens who suffer discrimination in almost all walks of life. This kind of mindset is starkly evident not only in the family for the upbringing of female child in comparison to the male ones but also in education, jobs, career opportunities, promotions and future expectations. The society must eradicate this obvious injustice and menace perpetrated by people in general and institutional biases in particular.

Dr. Dayanand Parashar, Former Associate Professor, Physics, ARSD College, University of Delhi, Delhi

प्राचीन भारत में महिलाओं को देवी के तुल्य सम्मान था। मनु के द्वारा भी इसकी पुष्टि की गई है। जो भी विषमताएं आईं हैं, वो निसंदेह मुस्लिम संस्कृति के प्रभाव से है और अब पाश्चात्य संस्कृति का प्रभाव भी दृष्टिगोचर है। समाज में महिलाओं की स्थिति सुधारने के लिए सर्वप्रथम उनको शिक्षित करना होगा, सिर्फ साक्षर बनाने से बात नहीं बनेगी। अब पहले से महिलाओं की स्थिति में सुधार है, इसका कारण शिक्षा ही है। समानता में लाने के लिए महिलाओं को मुफ्त में शिक्षा, और रोजगार के अधिक अवसर उपलब्ध कराए जा सकते हैं।

श्रीमति स्नेहलता उपाध्याय, पुस्तकालयाध्यक्ष, राष्ट्रीय संस्कृत संस्थान

Yes, women are better than men in respect of mental ability, farsightedness, sincerity, still they are treated as second grade citizens now. They are not getting their due recognition in nation-building. Even in Vedic times, they weren’t treated respectably. Apala can be cited as example, who was abandoned by her husband due to skin disease. Even Gargi was asked to keep shut when Yagyavalkya could not answer her queries. Situation is same even now!

Dr. Raj Kumari Trikha, Former Associate Professor, Sanskrit, Maitreyi College, University of Delhi, Delhi

In this materialistic world those who don’t earn/ have money are looked at as 2nd.

Mrs. Suvarta Vinod, Anandavan Bhakta Samudaya, Institute of Advanced Studies in Veda and Science.

Everything was balanced during Vedic period, but it is only after post Vedic era the misinterpretations of our ancient Indian texts that evolved such thought process in Indian society.

Secondly, It varies from culture to culture –via- family to family in the sense of treating their daughters-in-law, i.e., how families expect their daughter-in-law to behave in particular manner.

Dr. Pankaja Ghai Kaushik, Assistant Professor, Sanskrit, Lady Shree Ram College, University of Delhi, Delhi

भारतीय समाज में सम्बन्धों को महत्व दिया जाता है। ऐसे सामाजिक परिप्रेक्ष्य में महिला का स्थान माँ, बहन, बेटी, और धर्मपत्नी के रूप में सर्वोच्च विदित है। इन सम्बन्धों से वंचित यदि महिला का, या कि किसी और भी वर्ग का, अन्तर्राष्ट्रीय दिवस मनाना भारत में अजूबा सा लगेगा|

प्रोफेसर बलराम सिंह, सदस्य, बोर्ड ऑफ़ डायरेक्टर, वेव्स

Maintaining balance in the society is not a woman’s problem, it’s a national issue. The race is on for the gender-balanced business, a gender-balanced government, gender-balanced media coverage, a gender-balance of employees, gender-balance in wealth… Let’s hope this race ends, balance remains with gender equality.

Happy Women’s Day!!

Mrs. Shubha Rawal Wadhawan, Chief communications Officer – IG International pvt. Ltd.

I don’t consider there is a difference between men and women. So first of all there is no need for celebrating International Women’s Day. Is there any International Men’s Day? When you celebrate something like this then you producing yourself as victim. You already give an upper hand to men. In a civilized and sensible society in reality there shouldn’t be difference between men and women. Both have their own limitations biologically, physically and mentally. We should know each other limitations and respect similar to a normal Indian family. Once we understand this we will make a better society.

Dr. Raj Kumar, Assistant Professor, Botulinum Research Center, INADS, Dartmouth, USA

We live in a patriarchal society where in male members are given more liberty and decision making choices. It’s a woman who is expected to change her surname after marriage. It’s a woman who is expected to take care of cooking, cleaning, etc. It’s a woman who works even on holidays. There is no holiday for women. It’s a woman who is expected to take care of family and children after marriage. They are made to do work both inside and outside their homes. It’s just because women are not given a friendly environment to show their talents. The problem lies in our education system and Indian values. Women are still not given adequate education. Even the text books we read show women doing all the household chores like cooking, cleaning and taking care of men. They don’t depict men doing household work rather men are shown going to work or seeking leisure in their free time. Our Indian family values also don’t support a woman standing hand in hand with her male partner. From the very initial stages girls are taught to walk properly, dress properly, keep themselves presentable. The in-laws also expect their daughter-in-law to look after the entire family needs. Even in case of major decision making events the opinion of women is kept as second choice and the ultimate decisions are still taken by male members. Even in job sectors more preference is given to male members keeping less job opportunities to women.

Ms. Tanya Kumra, Accounts Assistant, Shreeram World School, Delhi

I always believe that women are same as the men. When I was a child my MAA always fulfilled my dreams, when my family faced economic problem my elder sister has been there to support me, and now when I  face ups and down in my life  my wife becomes my strength. My supervisor (Prof. Rani Majumdar), my well wishers like Prof. Shashi mam, Dr. Aparna Dhir di and many more always teach me, support me and advise me. They all are women. Therefore how can I believe women are second in Indian society? For me without these women I (men) am incomplete!!!

Kisi ne Kya khoob kaha

Soch ko badlo sitare badal jayenge/

Nazar ko badlo nazareyin badal jayenga/

kastiyan badal ne ke zaroorat nehin hai/

dishayein badlo kinare khud badal jayenge.

Mr. Tahasin Mondal, Research scholar, Department of Sanskrit, AMU, Aligarh, U.P

I don’t think women are considered second in the society. I think there is no society without women. Women are the ones who is giving birth to a child, upbringing the child and making of a future citizen. So in short women only are shaping the thoughts, values and the culture of the society. Whatever a woman teaches a child goes on for generations!! Women are also the biggest strength of a man! A woman who is strongly supporting a man that man is definitely successful in all spheres of life. In Ramayana, it is said man and woman are two wheels of the same chariot, if somehow one wheel breakdown the chariot automatically stop. So, both have to be strong to move in the sphere of life. It is just that every individual has to play his role in life. It is not about 1st or 2nd. I think it is about how efficiently you play your role in life, the tasks assigned to you, your duties towards your people and of course yourself too! It is definitely not about 1st or 2nd at least in today’s times. All the things have to go hand in hand for the smooth running of one’s life.

Mrs. Neeti Chawla, Housewife, Delhi

“As women, we have super powers. We are sisters. We are healers. We are mothers. We are goddess warriors”

It’s International Women’s Day, a day to honor and celebrate the cultural, social, economic and political achievements of women. It’s a day to remind ourselves why women are so amazing. They are the ones who are responsible for bringing new lives to existence. There’s no field where women are lagging behind men. It’s a day to be cherished… Happy Women’s Day to all the lovely ever smiling faces no matter what comes.

Mrs. Shagufa Afzal, Principal, Kuruom Vidayalaya, U.P.

In the modern era, Indian women are no more lacking behind men. They are equally capable and talented in all the fields, e.g., doctors, teachers, astronauts, etc. But still in some places Indian women have not got the equality as men due to religious or orthodox thoughts which need to be changed by giving proper education and awareness.

Mrs. Ankita Dhir, Teacher, K.R. Mangalam World School, Delhi

In present time, Indian women doing their empowerment and society also demand for Equality. The fearless woman today raises her voice against harassment like “MeToo Campaign”.

Mr. Yogendra Bhardwaj, Research Fellow, Sanskrit, JNU, Delhi

The Indian woman has to make her way through all the social prejudices against her, and the men yet have to allow and accept the women to be equal participants in the country’s way forward.

Mrs. Rajni Bhalla, Teacher, DAV Public School, Delhi

In my point of view women are considered to be an integral part of the Indian family and society. They are not given secondary status as we can see in our families or around us in the society.

Ms. Anuja Sinha, Director and Anchor, TCN Media

भारत में आज भी स्त्री का स्थान दूसरे नंबर पर है क्योंकि भारतीय समाज पुरुषों के द्वारा ही संचालित होता रहा है और कहीं ना कहीं स्त्रियां स्वयं भी जिम्मेदार हैं| उन्हें स्वयं को उपभोग की वस्तु के दायरे से बाहर निकलना होगा| वैचारिक रूप से स्वतंत्र होना पड़ेगा|

डॉ. सुषमा चौधरी, अध्यापक, संस्कृत, कमला नेहरू महाविद्यालय, दिल्ली विश्वविद्यालय, दिल्ली

The position and status of women in society has been changing from time to time. In Vedic India, woman was considered like a goddess. With time, the position of women received a set- back. But in modern context, women no longer depend on others. Education has raised her status. She holds equal status in society.

Ms. Suruchi Sharma, Teacher, Modern Public School

हिन्दू संस्कृति को जीवंत रखने का श्रेय नारी को ही है। नारी को परिवार का हृदय और प्राण कहा जाता है – न गृहं गृहमित्याहु गृहिणी गृहं उच्यते ।

श्री विकास शर्मा, तदर्थ अध्यापक, संस्कॄत, दिल्ली विश्वविद्यालय, दिल्ली

Women are a perfect combination of strength and beauty. 

Happy Women’s Day !!

Mrs. Rekha Khandelwal, Housewife, Mumbai