Cultural Change

Cultural Change

Question

Write short notes on:

Gender and sanskritisation.

Answer

Gender and Sanskritisation: Sanskritisation support traditional way of life for women and it is more liberal for modernisation or westernisation for men. For example, during the colonial period boys were allowed to attend English Medium School, coeducation institution to adopt western food and diet style of meal and dresses. For Boys not for girls and women. Most of the supporters Sanskritisation support the women life within the four walls of the houses. They support or prefer the role of women as a mother as a sister and daughter with great owner. They like women to follow the traditional way of marriage with the consent of parents. Even during the ancient period like the people of lower caste women were not allowed to go for higher education in Sanskrit language and literature on a reasonably large number The same idea has been described by a women scholar.

Kumud Pawade in her autobiography recounts how a Dalit woman became a Sanskrit teacher. As a student she is drawn towards the study of Sanskrit, perhaps because it is the means through which she can break into a field that was not possible for her to enter on the ground of gender and caste. Perhaps she was drawn towards it because it would enable her to read in the original what the texts have to say about women and the Dalits. As she proceeds with her studies, she meets with varied reactions ranging from surprise to hostility, from guarded acceptance to brutal rejection. As she says:

The result is that although I try to forget my caste, it is impossible to forget. And then I remember an expression I heard somewhere: “What comes by birth, but can’t be cast off by dying - that is caste?”

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