Feminism and Hinduism

It was in the early months of 1986, Supreme court of India passed historic judgment for Shah Bano. It allowed her to get alimony from her estranged Husband who triple talaqed her in 1978. However, Muslim politicians mounted a campaign for the verdict’s nullification. The judgment evoked criticisms among Muslims some of whom cited Quran to show that the judgment was in conflict with Islamic law. The Indian govt headed by Rajiv Gandhi reversed the judgment under pressure from Islamic orthodoxy. What was appalling then was the support of entire liberal ecosystem towards Indian Govt and Islamic orthodoxy.

Till today none of the liberal media and intellectuals will dare to discuss that historic case but they will keep hounding Hindu women in the name of following the Indian culture and it went to such an extent that even wearing saree in the workplace was ridiculed by Left wing. But the reality is modern day Hindu kingdom existed and fought against Islam and Christianity due to the thoughts and sacrifices of women. One profound example is Jija Bai, mother of King Shivaji, who had sown seeds of freedom in young mind of Shivaji.

So to understand the animosity of the left-wing ecosystem on Hindu women let us discuss and analyze the role of women in Indic culture. Women play many roles in the society. Predominantly it can be classified into 3 categories: Women as leading Spiritual Figure, women as rulers and those performing administrative duties and finally as social reformers who fight for social justice.

Women as Goddess and Spiritual Figure:

Shaktism is the oldest form of the spiritual path in Indic Civilization in which Goddess is considered as supreme deity and every disciple is considered as a son to the goddess whose ultimate goal is to reach the mother. Shaktism dated back to the era of Vedas in which Rig Veda has verses praising the goddess.

Modern-day worship of Goddess started with the Harappan civilization where people from all places moved to Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro. The farmers there brought the culture of worshipping the Devi. Further, during Gupta period Shaktism achieved its glory with Kings belonging to Gupta dynasty patronizing and following Shaktism. It was the mother of Shivaji, the greatest King of India who influenced him from his young age to create Hindvi Swaraj against Islamic oppression.

The philosophical development of women as mother began in Vedic age. In the famous Rig Vedic hymn Devi Sukta, the Goddess unambiguously declares:

“I am the Sovereign Queen; the treasury of all treasures; the chief of all objects of worship; whose all-pervading self-manifests all gods and goddesses; whose birthplace is in the midst of the causal waters; who in breathing forth gives birth to all created worlds, and yet extends beyond them, so vast am I in greatness.”

Recent developments related to Shaktism include the emergence of Bharat Mata (Mother India), the increasing visibility of Hindu female saints and gurus. Apart from all of these most of the saints like Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Vivekananda, Sri Aurobindo worshipped this entire world as a divine representation of Mother Universe and achieved moksha by praying to the goddess.

Akka Mahadevi was a prominent figure of the Veerashaiva Bhakti movement of the 12th century Karnataka. Her Vachanas in Kannada, a form of poetry, are considered the most notable contribution to Kannada Bhakti literature. The Attukal Bhagavathy temple in Kerala is dedicated to goddess and women. It bans the visit of men during some auspicious days.

As one western commentator notes:

“Today just as 10,000 years ago, images of the Goddess are everywhere in India. You’ll find them painted on the sides of trucks, pasted to the dashboards of taxis, postered on the walls of shops. You’ll often see a color painting of the Goddess prominently displayed in Hindu homes. Usually, the picture is hung high on the wall so you have to crane your neck backward, looking up toward her feet. In India, Goddess worship is not a ‘cult,’ it’s a religion, an extraordinarily spiritually and psychologically mature tradition. Millions of people turn every day with a heartfelt yearning to the Mother of the Universe.”

The real question we need to ask is whether Islam and Christianity will accept goddess or even accept women as a leading figure in spiritual enlightenment. Remember We are living in the 21st century still left wing does not have the courage to speak or fight for the proper dignified role of women in the spiritual process of Abrahamic religions.

Women as Rulers:

In the Gupta period instances are not rare of women participating in administrative jobs. Prabhabati, the daughter of Chandra Gupta II performed administrative duties in her kingdom. Instances of women extending their phase of activities beyond the domestic circle are provided by the queen and queen regent in Kashmir, Rajasthan, Orissa, and Andhra.

Institutions were established for co-education. In the work called Amarkosh written in the Gupta era names of female teachers and professors were mentioned. They were the authors of Vedic scripts and ‘mantras‘.

Two hundred years before Alexander’s attack on India, Queen Nayanika was ruler and military commander of the Satavanhana Empire of south-central India.

In 300 BC, Princess Kumara Devi married Prince Chandragupta, and they ruled their two kingdoms as co-regents. Queen Kurmadevi of Mevad commanded her armies on the battlefield in the late twelfth century. Apart from these, there are a lot of instances in which our independence movement against British has been carried on by then women rulers of princely states like Rani Laxmi Bhai.

Islamic conquest of India started the practice of Jauhar. One profound example is killing of Raja Dahir, his wife, and daughters by Mohammed-Bin-Qasim in the 10th century, then they were sent off as sex slaves to Damascus. This type of slavery has resulted in the evolution of Jauhar in western India.

Britishers in the thirst for conquering India have taken over all the princely states who don’t have male heir using draconian Doctrine of Lapse law.

Women as Social Reformers:

India has produced so many social reformers of which notably a large section of them are Women. They have fought for social issues like any other men. In many cases, they have altered the course of our nation and influenced the opinions and even government policies.

Notably people like Savitrbhai Phule who fought for women rights for Indians during British rule. She worked along with her husband for the education of women and fought against discrimination among castes. Similarly, people like Ramabai Ranade and Sister Nivedita (born Margaret Elizabeth Noble) worked for the cause of education, medical and scientific research.

As like these social reformers, Islamism and Christianity also have produced a lot of social reformers who want to improve the livelihood of people provided if it is not antagonizing the Shariah Law and Rules laid out by Vatican’s. The harassment faced by triple talaq activists provides ample example of the how social reformers would be treated by Islamists.

So based on the above facts we can summarize the rights of women across religions as below

HinduismChristianityIslam
Women as Spiritual MastersWomen can be a presiding deity in templesWomen can never become a leading deity in spiritual processWomen are never allowed to become imams in mosque and conduct prayers as per Shariah Law
Women as Rulers and Performing administrative dutiesWomen have all rights to occupy the highest throne during ancient and medieval era itself.No historical data to suggest women led any medieval era Kingdom. Introduced law to take over kingdoms in India which does not have male heirs.Women can never occupy the highest throne of the country as per Shariah law
Women as Social ReformersWomen has all freedom to change the course of societyWomen have all freedom to change the course of society.Women have all freedom to change the course of society only if it advocates Shariah law.

See the difference of attitude among Abrahamic religions on treating Women. Due to an unholy alliance between the left and Abrahamic religions, the left wing will never criticize women rights among Christianity and Islam. But they will write journalistic articles attacking the rights of women in Hindus.

As evident from the facts, it is the responsibility of parents to educate the next generation about the rights and freedom provided by Hindu religion. Never fall prey to the so-called left-wing liberal ecosystem who have a very unholy alliance with Saudis and Vatican.

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