Women's Leadership in India through the Ages
Dr. Veenus Jain
International Research Journal in Global Engineering and Sciences (IRJGES), 2016, Vol.1. Issue 2. pp. 71-76
Abstract: The evil customs like sati, devadasi, sex-selective abortion etc. were abolished long ago in India. However, the practices like, infanticide, child marriage, dowry killings etc. still plagues many parts of this sub-continent. Fortunately, 20th century had ushered India into a modern era. The new age had acted very constructively against religious orthodoxy, which has been against women in India over many years. A series of progressive legislation has been put in place post independence, which brought legal status of women in India absolutely at par with men. It is also not true that in Indian history, art and literature, women were always portrayed in a docile and submissive manner. To the contrary men emerged in Indian history often as meteors from time to time and were eulogized as rulers, scholars, religious leaders, brave and mighty as well. Razia Sultan, the only female ruler of Delhi Sultanate (1236 - 1240 A. D.) and Rani Laxmi Bai of Jhansi 1857 A. D. are the two iconic examples of martial women who during their own time had stirred popular imagination at two different eras of Indian history with their own courage, velour and statesmanship. In Indian traditional lore, female deities like Durga and Kali are often depicted capable of super-human righteous wrath, which can destroy the world. The Goddesses like Lakshmi, Saraswati and host of other female deities are worshiped by Hindu females as well as males alike for their supernatural powers of wealth, knowledge and bravery.
Keywords - Customs, Women, Female, Religious, Legal
Dr. Veenus Jain., Women's Leadership in India through the Ages, International Research Journal in Global Engineering and Sciences (IRJGES), 2016, Vol.1. Issue 2. pp. 71-76