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International Women’s Day commemorates the struggle for women’s rights all over the world on 8th March.
How is it Celebrated in India?
Women’s contribution to social change and awareness had been immense. In the Indian history from Sita in Ramayana to Kannagi in Silapathikaram to Rani Jhansi are all preached for the important roles they have played in shaping a beautiful image of a woman.
Gender Equality is a western concept. Here in India originally they place a women as mother Goddess. Women in India have always been honored and respected.
Article 14 of the constitution accords equality for both genders.
Only in India woman is worshiped as Strength, Knowledge and Prosperity. No other country or religion in the world worships feminism like India. In Hindu Mythology women is said to have been given absolutely 50% of Mental, Spiritual and physical space in the life of a man. Women Are called “Ardhangini”, meaning- other half part of a man’s body.
India is fortunate to have had many great women – Mother Teresa, Sarojini Naidu to Indira Gandhi, the second woman Prime Minster in the world, to Kalpana Chawla, Indra Nooyi to Pratibha Patil first women President of India, Mary Kom and many more in the Indian Corporate sector who have proved to be more than a match . Their contribution to society in whole and to women in particular is invaluable.
How did the concept start?
On March 8, 1917, in the capital of Russian Empire, Petrograd, a demonstration of women textile workers began, covering the whole city. This was the beginning of the Russian Revolution. Seven days later, the Emperor of Russia Nicholas II abdicated and the provisional Government granted women the right to vote. March 8 was declared a national holiday in the Soviet Russia in 1917. The day was predominantly celebrated by the socialist movement and communist countries until it was adopted in 1975 by the United Nations.
Modern Women’s Day.
In Modern Indian society women are playing stellar role, even challenging the males in all platforms and stages. More importantly their role in family building, society development is stupendous. Indian woman is emerging out of their conventional role, realizing their unlimited potential and have begun to take major role in all walks of life.
Indian woman is beautiful, gentle, motherly yet powerful. Indian society look upto their women to take the lead. When India becomes a superpower, surely there will be significant contribution from great women.
In Manipur Women take the lead
Statistics from the most recent census show that women in Manipur fare better than other Indian women on several counts. The ratio of boys to girls is closer to even there. In a country where female fetuses are aborted and female babies killed or neglected by parents who prefer sons, Manipur shows a different taste. Its female literacy rate is 73 percent — higher than the national rate for women of 65 percent.
Indian women have come a long way, but when it comes to hitting the streets and making their voices heard, Manipuri women seem to be leading the pack.