We are a generation of make-believe free thinkers.
Madhumita Prabhakar
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Madhumita, are those Indian issues or Hindu issues? Your analysis assumes all Indians are Hindu. Hindu women are limited in what they can do during mensturation. What about the religious monorities?Are Indian Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Baha’i, Jain, Buddhist, Sikh women bound or not bound by the same restrictions that bind Hindu women? From universities I have attended, I know Sikh Indian women and that the restrictions you mentioned have to do with Hinduism rather than Indian culture. There are Indians who aren’t Hindu. I also met Indian Buddhist women online via social media and our common membership in Soka Gakkai International. They don’t have the restrictions you mentioned either. Religion and culture are two separate things entirely which you have conflated. To do so (conflate them) is to ignore the diversity of religion in a country. Even if Hindu temples have all kinds of restrictions on how, when, where, and why women enter them, there are lots of non-Hindu house of worship in India. If Indian culture was at fault all houses of worship would do this, rather than ones of a specific religion. People don’t choose the nation or gender they’re born as, but they do choose the religion they believe in.

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