The History of the Sexes in India- Part 2

In the last post, we left off in medieval India, where women suffered from much oppression. The very identity of India was to undergo a transformation with the advent of colonialism and imperialism; the lives of India’s women was to be transformed too. Continue reading “The History of the Sexes in India- Part 2”

The History of the Sexes in India (Part-1)

Indian culture has always had a revered place for the female and the feminine. The Goddess Parvathi is considered the mother of all creation, sometimes elevated above even the great Trinity, Brahma, Vishnu and Eshwara. She represents all that feminism is; a ferocious destroyer of demons, a loving mother, a beautiful, devout wife and a wise and strong lady. But, we have always been a land of paradoxes. So what was the reality of the status of women in Indian society? Continue reading “The History of the Sexes in India (Part-1)”

Was India ahead of the West in practicing democratic values?

The word ‘democracy’ is derived from the Greek word ‘demokratia’ meaning rule by the people. Democracy took birth in the city-state of Athens in ancient Greece, around 460 BC, Cleisthenes being considered the father of democracy. This form of government existed along with others such as, monarchy, oligarchy and tyranny. In contemporary India, the democratic form of government or more specifically, republics were already in existence for few centuries. In India, the advent of Aryans occurred around 1500 B.C, marking the beginning of the Vedic Age. Soon, they began settled agriculture and kingdoms called tribal republics called ‘Janapadas’ rose to prominence. Continue reading “Was India ahead of the West in practicing democratic values?”