Topic- Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India.
1) A society that fails to internalise the value of gender justice is one that is lacking in self-respect.Comment in the context of the recent Sabarimala judgment and its aftermath.(250 words)
Comment- here we have to express our knowledge and understanding of the issue and form an overall opinion thereupon.
Key demand of the question.
The question wants us to express our opinion on the given statement- whether a society that fails to internalise the value of gender justice is one that is lacking in self-respect. We have to form our opinion based on a proper discussion and presentation of valid arguments and facts.
Structure of the answer
Introduction– write a few introductory lines about the recent Sabarimala judgement- the background and the judgement of the SC.
Body- Mention that the recent Supreme Court judgment on women’s entry into Sabarimala temple has both supporters as well as opponents.The grounds on which the adversaries of gender justice seem to be opposing the judgment are not only ethically flawed, but constitutionally perilous. Discuss the flaws in the arguments of the opposition to the judgement. E.g the question of equality and justice needs to be seen as existing independent of and prior to any legal intervention; The members of civil society, and more importantly the political parties that operate within the formal political sphere, who are supposed to take the lead in terms of orienting the recalcitrant public towards gender equality; Any society aspiring to be decent has to be both sincere and sensitive in making efforts to create the background conditions within which equality and justice can be realised; India needs to treat gender equality and justice as a common good that has to be enjoyed by everyone, irrespective of sex, race, and caste; We have to rationally acknowledge the need to create public opinion against entrenched patriarchy that seeks to deny women the right to temple entry that men themselves have been enjoying for ages. Hence, on moral and ethical grounds, temple entry for women needs to be seen as the primary concern of the society, before it is taken to the legal system for deliberation; creating a regressive public would ultimately aid the entrenched patriarchy to consolidate its hold over the temple establishment, which would not be well disposed towards gender justice etc.
Conclusion– based on your discussion, form a fair and a balanced conclusion on the given issue.