Beyond Fatherhood: Embracing the Role of a Dad

In the patriarchal culture, the role of the father has traditionally been painted with hues of authority and provider. The image of the hardworking Indian father, leading his family with a sense of majesty, is etched into our collective memory. In the olden times, he was the pillar of strength, shouldering the responsibilities of the household, while the mother tended to the day-to-day needs, even pouring water on his head during baths as a gesture of care and respect. 

But as time unfurls its chapters, our societal narrative has undergone a huge metamorphosis in the past few decades. The winds of change has brought forth a new archetype – the modern Indian father. This evolution is not a departure from tradition, but rather a beautiful adaptation to the currents of modernity.

Gone are the days when the father’s role was confined to the periphery of the provider. Today, we witness a transformation where fathers actively engage in the nurturing and upbringing of their children. They are not just providers but also nurturers, companions, and confidants. They understand the importance of being present in their children’s lives, not just as authority figures but as mentors and friends. Children listen to them out of love and respect and not just fear.

The advent of the internet and globalisation has brought about an adjustment of knowledge and ideas. With access to information at their fingertips, fathers are now more aware and enlightened about their roles within the family. They are breaking free from traditional gender roles and embracing a more impartial approach to parenting.

Moreover, the progressive mindset of men towards gender equality has paved the way for a shift in dynamics within the household. Today, we see loving fathers who joyfully participate in household chores, sharing the burden with their partners. They recognize that a happy and harmonious home is built on shared responsibilities and mutual respect.

In this modern era, the image of the Indian father has undergone a profound change. He is no longer just the head of the household but a partner in every sense of the word. He celebrates his partner’s achievements and supports her aspirations, understanding that her success is a reflection of their shared journey.

As we embrace this evolving trend of fatherhood, let us celebrate the modern Indian dad – a loving, nurturing presence in the lives of his children, a supportive partner to his spouse, and a beacon of progress and equality in our society. Let us cherish and applaud these men who embody the spirit of modern fatherhood, for they are shaping a future where love, respect, and equality flourish within our homes.

Let us embrace this remarkable transformation with open arms and hopeful hearts, as we yearn for a future where the warmth of modern fatherhood illuminates every corner of our society. Let us not criticise men who do household chores nor look down upon women who chase careers. May this change be not just a fleeting moment, but a resounding call to action, inspiring more men to rise and embrace their roles with love, compassion, and unwavering commitment. Let us stand together in welcoming this profound shift and fervently wish for its ripple effect to touch the lives of countless families, shaping a world where every child grows up surrounded by the boundless love of an enlightened father.

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Farida Rizwan

I am Farida Rizwan, 57, Counselor and Psychotherapist working as Senior Curriculum Developer with Chimple Learning. I am the founder of My Giggle Garden, Preschool, and Daycare. I am an ardent blogger read more...

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