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Women, Emancipation and Equality

Women, Emancipation and Equality Asha Jayant Indira Rothermund MEERA KOSAMBI writing primarily on Pandita Ramabai's contribution to the women's cause (EPW, October 29, 1988) deals with the trends in the traditional position of women in Hindu culture under the subtitle 'patriarchy and the family'. She attempts to sketch 'the patriarchal social system' in the context of the Indian society. In doing this, she contends that the elements of patriarchy are derived from "the ancient texts and hallowed by tradition and custom", and she uses the stereotype argument of feminists that "'Brahmanical texts emphasised the supremacy of men". In doing this, she bases her entire statement on Dube's edition of 'Visibility and Power' (Delhi, 1986), without going into the original 'Brahmanieal texts'. On the basis of this book she comes to the conclusion that "women were not only passive but inferior and needed to be strictly disciplined in order to curb their inherently evil and weak character".

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