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Indian Women – Entitlement and prejudice

March 28, 2010 5 comments

100 years after Suffragette Emily Wilding Davison died for the cause for woman’s vote, have things changed? FEMEN activists 100 years later have to go topless, to make a point?

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FEW Urban Women are completely disconnected

Nearly a century ago, one Emily Wilding Davison unfurled the purple, white and green colours of the Suffragette flag and then threw herself under the galloping hooves of the King’s horse at the Epsom Derby. She died of her injuries four days later without recovering consciousness. The jockey, Herbert Jones, who suffered concussion and shoulder injuries in the collision, saw his career go downhill from there on. He committed suicide in 1951, having said several times that he had always been haunted by Davison’s face. (via Kanika Datta: Entitlement and prejudice).

When Emily Wilding Davison came under the hooves of horses  |  Click for image.

When Emily Wilding Davison came under the hooves of horses | Click for image.

How about?

Q. Who are the wealthiest women on Earth? A.Indian women, who own more than 20,000 tons of gold.

Q. What did Indian women have to do, to get the right to vote in the largest democracy in the world? A.Nothing special. They got the right to vote the same way, at the same time that the rest of Indians got the right to vote. Unlike the ‘advanced’ West.

Q. Which region in the world has selected the most number of women as heads of state? A.The Indian subcontinent. Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan have all had women as heads of State.

Q. How many women have served as the President of United States in the more than 200 years of US democracy? A.Nil.

Q. How many women candidates have been selected as candidates for the US presidential election? A.Nil. No nominees. Neither by the Republican nor the Democratic parties.

Q. Which society settles a woman’s inheritance in family wealth at the time of marriage? A.Indian society, where a woman is given considerable dowry at the time of her marriage – which is her share of inheritance.

Q. Which is the only culture, in the world, where the two most widely celebrated festivals are dedicated to women goddesses? A.India – Diwali and Dussera.

Q. Which is the only culture in the world with unisex clothing for the last 5000 years? A.India. The sari /dhoti is a unisex garment. And popular all over India today. Unisex clothing, saris and dhotis dominated the Indian plains, and the salwars, in the North West mountain regions of India. The Indo-Scythians used leather leggings – which were helpful in long marches on horse backs.

Unlike other parts of the world, where women were forced to conform to a male standards and prescriptions of dressing, Indian women were free and dressed like their men did (Feminists note – Indian men were forced to dress, like their women did).

100 years after the death of Suffragette Emily Wilding Davison, in 1913, you can still see FEMEN activists preparing for a protest - if not death and battle |  Image courtesy: rt.com; source: Reuters / Osman Orsal  |  Click for image.

100 years after the death of Suffragette Emily Wilding Davison, in 1913, you can still see FEMEN activists preparing for a protest - if not death and battle | Image courtesy: rt.com; source: Reuters / Osman Orsal | Click for image.

FEW Urban Indians

I am sure that for each of these answers, the FEW (Fragile Egos of Westernized) Urban Indians will find some qualifications and answers … They will come back with a BUT!

All these arrivistesawaiting the bra-burning, West-denominated women’s lib, as signs of arrival and the true coming. They could take a 2ndlook at what real feminism is. Or, at least, how the oldest feminist civilization looks at the feminine. After all, 1.2 million Indian women, elected to positions of power, is something significant!

For them, regardless of evidence, West is the Best.

I wonder, why is it that for every little idea in their tiny heads, they need to be led by their noses, held firmly by Western hands. Kanika Dutta, the writer of the above linked post, makes this very promising beginning  – and then goes the way of the FEW Urban Indians.

Sadly!


1.2 million Indian women in positions of power

March 9, 2009 2 comments
The Western woman had a really tough time getting her rights - unlike Indian women!

The Western woman had a tough time getting her rights - unlike Indian women!

she is one of 1.2 million. That’s the number of elected women representatives in rural India, the largest anywhere in the world.

It’s not just about numbers. Village women appear to be genuinely empowered by election to panchayats. Or so says the first AC Nielsen-ORG Marg study commissioned by the ministry of Panchayati Raj. The study has found that 15 years after the 73rd Amendment Act of the Constitution reserved one-third of all panchayat seats for women, they are a force to reckon with. Even more encouraging, it found that they have emerged from the shadows of their male patrons. (via Agents of change march on-View From Venus-Sunday TOI-The Times of India).

Is this a success of Indian democracy or a cardboard cut out of success? While this figure may not prove actual empowerment (to use a modern phrase), it does show acceptance of women in positions of authority and power – in significant numbers.After all, 1.2 million in positions of elected positions of power is something significant!

All those arrivistes, who are awaiting the bra-burning, Western denominated women lib, as signs of arrival and the true coming, should take a 2ndlook at what real feminism is – or at least, what the oldest feminist civilization looks at the feminine.

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