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From ancient times, in every civilization, women were second class citizens. Agreed that tow of the most powerful women of the medieva; world was Queen Mary of England & Queen Catherine of Russia, But those were exceptions; fact remains that women were very much suppressed. In India, Manu had said, "woman is guided in her childhood by her father; she is guided by her husband in her youth and prtected by her sons in her old age; so women are not fit for freedom" Gargi or Maitreyee or Lopamudra are also exceptions. If we claim that women had a high place in India, that is totally incorrect

Asked by Sankar Mitra, 09 Feb '09 06:14 pm
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1.

Which country in ancient times gave highest respect to women?

India.

The Manu Smrithi says "Yatra naaryasthu poojyanthe
ramanthe tathra devatha" (those who adore women as
goddesses will be blessed by the divine).

The Rig Veda, the most sacred book of Hindus,
contains some Slokas written by lady Saints.

India has the most ancient form of Goddess
worship.

Rani Kaikeyi and Rani Satya Bhaama participated in
wars, fought equally well with their husbands, and
helped them. They received the highest honour from
people of their kingdoms.

There were no lady philosophers in ancient
Greek or Roman history.

The whole methodology of Tantra was that when a man
realizes and worships a woman an an embodiment of a
goddess, his third eye awakens to give him access to
higher knowledge and divine wisdom.

In ancient India, married women were respected as
personifications of goddesses in some traditional
festivals.

India is the only country which says that ...more
Answered by DRSiva, 09 Feb '09 06:43 pm

 
  
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The ideas postulated and practiced then are not the ones accepted today. Time changes ethos of societies , the paradigms are not the same as they once were.
Answered by mahesh chandra, 09 Feb '09 06:30 pm

 
  
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Many of Manu's laws are ignored and not observed in practice now. In the ancient days, it used to take centuries for people to get used to any changes or new practices. Women's freedom is an important aspect of any liberated society. Even in our own country, women cover their heads with the pallu of their sarees. This is observed more in the northern states but not in the southern states. Some say that covering the head like that is a sign of submission. In such a case can we say that the south Indian women are more liberated than their northern sisters? Any dynamic civilisation has to adapt itself to the times for its own survival. If we keep on saying that Manu is the eternal law giver who should be obeyed in toto, there would be no difference between India and some African Muslim countries who still practice the law that was laid down in the 7th and 8th centuries and the consequences are to be seen and felt everywhere. No nation or race can claim to be progressive and modern that ...more
Answered by MangeswaraSastryB, 09 Feb '09 06:28 pm

 
  
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In all species whether animal or human, females are treated as possesion and as a tool for producing kids. But to cajole her we proclaimed to her "You are shakthi. Without you there is nothing. You are lokmatha" etc and uses her and they willingly and happily serving the males. Only when they realize their true potential and assert their stamp could their position change.
Answered by thangiah kannan, 09 Feb '09 06:21 pm

 
  
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You are not correct. the thing is in ancient India women were given equal respect given that they excel in what they do. in our tamil literature we have many women who were held in high respect. of course other women i mean house wives were suppressed. the thing is women were not given opportunities at any times. but whomso ever excel were highly respected.
Answered by akash ganga, 09 Feb '09 06:18 pm

 
  
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I beg to differ from you, there are many ladies in India who led from the front, for example, Jahnsi ki rani
Answered by rajnikant raiyarela, 09 Feb '09 06:15 pm

 
  
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