The emer­gence of fem­i­nism in In­dia

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - INDIA - Anin­dita Sarker cor­re­spon­[email protected]­dia.net

On the sec­ond of the Arth, the three-day mega cul­tural fes­ti­val, saw peo­ple from ev­ery walk of life come and throw light on the var­i­ous is­sues that were dis­cussed on Satur­day. The panel dis­cus­sion on Fem­i­nism and Tra­di­tion: Com­pat­i­ble or at Odds? saw union min­is­ter Sm­riti Irani, ac­tor Raveena Tandon and His­to­rian Dr. La­vanya Vem­sani put forth their views. The panel was mod­er­ated by Vikram Sam­path.

The pan­el­lists dis­cussed how the por­trayal of women changed from Vedic era to that of the Manusm­riti era. The pan­el­lists also dis­cussed why women have been por­trayed in­fe­rior to men tra­di­tion­ally, cit­ing the ex­am­ple of Kar­vachauth and Rakhsha Band­han. They also pon­dered if fem­i­nism was an im­ported con­cept and if it is ap­pli­ca­ble to In­dia.

Union Min­is­ter Sm­riti Irani was quick to add that por­trayal of women can be de­cided from the prism of tra­di­tion. She said one can find it to be pos­i­tive or neg­a­tive de­pend­ing on their out­look. Vem­sani brought to the no­tice that the pos­i­tive por­trayal of the women can be wit­nessed in Manusm­riti. She also said that while seek­ing growth for women it should not be at the cost of men. She also men­tioned that the me­dia is not re­spon­si­ble for how the con­tent is re­ceived. Bollywood in­dus­try was also ques­tioned over the por­trayal of women on big screen, and pay gap within the in­dus­try as com­pared to their male coun­ter­part.

Raveena Tandon re­marked about how tra­di­tions have evolved with time. She said an in­di­vid­ual can prac­tice what­ever they want and their choices shouldn’t be judged. She also went on to talk about how sce­nario have changed in Bollywood in mat­ter of work op­por­tu­ni­ties for women.

The panel was con­cluded with an ac­tive au­di­ence ques­tion­naire to the pan­el­lists, and ques­tions ranged from women se­cu­rity to rep­re­sen­ta­tion mat­ters and con­cluded by a 12 year old kid ask­ing how dowry went on from be­ing a tra­di­tion of gift­ing to a so­cial evil.

Union Min­is­ter Smir­iti Irani along with Bollywood ac­tor Raveena Tandon along with mod­er­a­tor Vikram Sam­path and his­to­rian Dr. La­vanya Vem­sani

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