A special web Lecture of Anuradha Shanker, IPS, ADG, Training, Bhopal, on Indian Culture and Gender Discrimination was organised at B.R Ambedkar University of Social Sciences, Mhow under the series of academic activities.
Speaking on the theme, Anuradha Shankar said that Indian culture is the most ancient and rich culture in the world. Its generosity and syncretic qualities have absorbed other cultures but preserved its existence. Indian Vedic culture has significant contributions from scholars like Romala, Ghoshal, Surya, Appala, Savitri, Gargi etc. but they were not allowed to study Vedas. All of the core lies in the social and cultural structure.
In our cultural and social fabric, there are still discrimination existing between son and daughter. There has never been an ideal situation for women in various periods. Describing tribal culture as a genderless culture, he said that there are both men and women shares hard work and its benefits. Stating the relevance of Mahatma Gandhi's ideas in the current era of the epidemic, "No war can be won without a empowering our women".
The discrimination prevailing in the society can be removed only by education and gender equality.
It is to be understood that there is more power in wisdom than strength of body.
The society has to change its mindset and should recognise the individuality of the woman rather than evaluate her on the basis of her physical body. She further said that class ceiling is not ended even though some women have achieved higher posts and there is a long way to achieve gender equality
While delivering the Presidential address, Vice Chancellor Prof Asha Shukla said that the reason for the changing status of women in various periods of Indian culture is the patriarchal society and narrow mindset of human being. There are only exceptional cases of successful and influential women in the society as we are not living in a social setup and living in splitted communities.