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K Ramkumar, known to his friends as Ram, has an enduring passion for triggering a discussion and joining in with gusto on a range of themes. He believes that every person has an inalienable right to express his/her view no matter how different it is to anyone else. In his book no view is unworthy or big or small. Every view from everyone deserves a consideration without getting caught up with the tyranny of agreement or disagreement.
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Marginalisation of women – Recent Perspective (Audio)

This is the audio form of the post, Marginalisation of women – Recent Perspective. The voice artist is Sharad Pandey.

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Marginalisation of Women – Recent perspective

In the previous blog post, I had examined 13,000 years of psychological and sociological developments that marginalised women. I had closed it with the glimmer of hope that appeared in the mid-20th century AD after the two World Wars. Has that glimmer of hope materialised and grown on to become a beacon of opportunities for women? Yes and no.

We take it for granted that vocations like office administrators, bureaucrats, teachers, journalists, doctors, bankers, diplomats, marketing professionals, judges, lawyers and law enforcement officers were open to women, even 100 years back. The truth is: Not at all. You would not have found even isolated examples of women in these vocations. This argument is not to establish that we should be satisfied with the progress. This merely illustrates how in a very short span of 7 decades, women have asserted themselves and broken free of the yoke of 13,000 years. Any failure to recognise the magnitude of this achievement by women will be indignifying to the pioneers who have led this amazing charge. Read more »

Marginalisation of Women – Historic Perspective (Audio)

This is the audio form of the post, Marginalisation of Women – Historic Perspective . The voice artist is Sohandeep Hattar.

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Marginalisation of Women – Historic Perspective

Most of us get caught up in passionate and sometimes shrill debates on why there are so few women in leadership positions in our social and commercial institutions. Very few of us pause and want to examine it with a non-partisan and clinical lens.

That women have been systematically marginalised is an incontrovertible fact. Examining what has led to it is important to correct it. As is the case with any illness, prescribing medication presumptively will only frustrate the parties involved with no cure in sight. At best it will be a placebo. Medical science tells us that the cure to chronic illness is different from the one for acute illness. The marginalisation of women is a hyper-chronic illness, which has 13,000 years of socio-political history behind it. It is imperative that we understand the roots — psychological and sociological, before we attempt to fix it. Read more »

Standing Up and Speaking Up (Audio)

This is the audio form of the post, Standing Up and Speaking Up for Fairness, Equity and Justice – The Vexing Dilemma

Madhabi Buch

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Madhabi heads Agora Partners, a young start-up focussed on Data Analytics and Technology solutions. Read more »

Standing Up and Speaking Up for Fairness, Equity and Justice – The Vexing Dilemma

As a boy my mother told me stories of 2 remarkable people – Adi Shankara and Ramanujacharya.

Shankara defied the Brahmanical edict that sainthood precludes one from honouring one’s mother by performing the last rites. He refused to be intimidated even when he was threatened with excommunication. Ramanujacharya broke his vow to his teacher by getting on top of a temple and sharing with the believers from all castes, the secret to salvation. He too endured excommunication by his teacher. Read more »

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About the Author

K Ramkumar, known to his friends as Ram, has an enduring passion for triggering a discussion and joining in with gusto on a range of themes. He believes that every person has an inalienable right to express his/her view no matter how different it is to anyone else. In his book no view is unworthy or big or small. Every view from everyone deserves a consideration without getting caught up with the tyranny of agreement or disagreement.
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