Topic– Part of static series under the heading – “Role of women and women’s organization”
1) Discuss how the role of women in Indian society has evolved over the ages?(250 words)
Key demand of the question
The question expects us to discuss how the role played by women in Indian society has evolved over the ages and the kind of problems that have been faced by women in each of the period under discussion and how those issues have been resolved.
Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments
Structure of the answer
Introduction – Explain that the role of women in Indian society has evolved over the ages.
- Discuss has the role of women in early vedic age – Woman enjoyed good status and respect in the society. Worship of goddesses depict the respect woman had in societyWoman had overall freedom regarding- Could Select their partners (swayamvara), Live as spinsters, Widow could remarry, Women were Educated, No child marriage, No sati etc
- Discuss role in later vedic age which witnessed decline of status and position of women in society. Explain how the role and status of women evolved through the medieval age to pre independence and then post independence India.
- Discuss the rise of feminist movement in India in 1970s and how women have been empowered through legislations and societal changes.
Conclusion – give your view on the current status of women and give your view on what more needs to be done.