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This is a true recent incident where at one side was a sexist speaker and on the other hand, were doctors who respected women and left the front rows empty.
On June 30, the Indian Medical Association ( IMA) and All Rajasthan In-Service Doctors Association ( ARISDA) organised an event in Jaipur, where motivational speaker Swami Gyanvatsal was invited for a speech.
Before delivering his words, he ordered the authorities to set the seating arrangement such that there are no women in the first seven rows. When the female doctors were told to resettle accordingly, the first seven rows were left empty by all the doctors and from the eighth row, there were women. When Swami Ji saw this, he got so furious that he left the stage without giving any speech.
This is a true recent incident where at one side was a sexist speaker and on the other hand, were doctors who respected women and left the front rows empty. This is our modern society, a mix of educated sensible men and orthodox sexist ones.
Although, I am still confused about the intentions of Swami Ji. What was he up to? What does his condition of keeping women out of his sight mean?
Well, whatever it was, it was undoubtedly unacceptable. I don’t understand what sort of motivation can a speaker, with such a mental structure, provide the society.
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My house-help asked excitedly, “I am going for wedding. Can you let me wear your red & black saree? To be honest I was stumped for a moment; I didn’t know what to say but I still said yes.
I lent a gorgeous saree to my house-help for a wedding in her family. Soon I stated getting questions if I would wear that saree again or if I was okay to be seen wearing the same saree my house-help was wearing?
We are all so conditioned to give our used clothes to our house-helps but are we okay to wear the clothes they were wearing?
A few days ago she came excitedly to me, “I am going for a family wedding. I want to wear your red & black saree, Ill wash and give it to you after the function. Please can you let me wear it?”
Beauty is a very clever, very evil capitalist tool. It traps those who have it into hanging on to it for dear life and those who don't into mutilating, torturing themselves to achieve the unachievable.
I recently wrote a piece about MP Shashi Tharoor’s tweet in which he had shared a pic with six women parliamentarians tagging them and saying “Who says the Lok Sabha isn’t an attractive place to work?”
There was a rash of comments on the post shared on Instagram, which ranged from “chill, it’s just a compliment” and “stop overthinking compliments”, to (worried) men lamenting about “these feminazi”.
Here’s my answer to all those comments.
Are religion and rights of women in India incompatible? Swami Vivekananda, whose 150th birth anniversary was celebrated recently believed differently about the rights of Women in India.
Are religion and women’s rights in India incompatible? Swami Vivekananda, whose 150th birth anniversary was celebrated recently believed differently.
Whether it is the rural housewife keeping to her fasts and prayers, or the urban woman scheduling time for meditation courses off and on, women are very much the engine that drives religion in India. They have been for ages. Without the faith of the average mother/ wife/sister, would places of worship germinate at every corner? Or, would they grow popular enough to sustain the livelihoods of the priests who depend on them? It is the women flocking to these places, whether out of superstition, devotion, or compulsion, who roll the juggernaut of religion on.
And yet, somewhat depressingly, women are also crushed by it. The religious disciplines that women adhere to, do not seem to compensate them in terms of tangible privileges. By privileges, I mean simply basic humanistic rights. The constitution does guarantee them. But, in a society as saturated with religion as India’s, it is hard to effect real change without implicating religion in some measure. Yet, religion, at first impression seems antithetical to women’s rights. (more…)
Was Vivekananda a feminist? Vivekananda's quotes on women demonstrate his keen interest in women's empowerment in India
Known as an advocate for enlightened religion, you may surprised to learn of Vivekananda’s beliefs about women. These gender equality quotes from him will get you thinking.
January 12, 2013 is the 150th birth anniversary of the great thinker the world knows as Swami Vivekananda. It is well known that Vivekananda received a three minute standing ovation from thousands assembled at the World Parliament of Religions at Chicago in 1893, when he began his address with the words “Sisters and Brothers of America”. However, few know about his life and teachings. Fewer still know of his views on women in India.
He was born Narendranath Datta on 12 January 1863 in Bengal. His father was intellectual, generous, progressive and supported remarriage of widows. His mother was his father’s peer in every respect. Exceptionally intelligent with an unusual memory, she was highly respected. She read aloud the Ramayana and Mahabharata to young Naren, and spoke of the greatness of the sages of India. She sang beautifully, was deeply religious and had absorbed the essence of the epics. Apart from devotion and values, Naren learnt Bengali and English from her. From his father, Naren learnt music, Sanskrit, as well as generosity and nobility.