How many times have you heard this in general discussions on preserving Indian culture and traditions?
- “Indian woman should follow the Indian culture”
- “Indian woman should be a Bharatiya Nari”
- “Indian wife should be like Sita”
- “Indian women should practice and preserve the Indian traditions”, and so on.
Now how many times have you heard the below statements?
- “Indian man should follow the Indian culture”
- “Indian man should be a Bharatiya Nara”
- “Indian husband should be like Ram”
- “Indian men should practice and preserve the Indian traditions” and so on
Now let us try to answer the following question. Who is leading the society in India in following and preserving the Indian culture and traditions? The Indian man or the Indian woman? Not sure?
Just look around. Compare the number of women wearing Saree and Churidaar and compare this with the number of men wearing dhoti and lungi. Still not sure? Chances are that you will not find even a single man wearing a dhoti or lungi, but you will almost always find women wearing traditional Indian clothing like Saree, Churidar etc.
Visit a nearby temple during an evening and count the the number of women and the number of men there. You will almost always see that the number of women exceeds the number of men.
Take a statistical survey of the homes and families you know and count the number of women doing their daily cultural and religious duties like Tulsi Pooja, lighting lamps, decorating Gods with flowers, drawing Rangoli, etc and count the number of men doing their daily cultural duties regularly. How many Indian men who have undergone the sacred threading ceremony of Upanayana do the Sandhya Vandana regularly every day?
During the cultural festivals like Diwali, Ugadi, Dasara, Sankranti, etc who manages all the cultural events at home? Who gets up early, cooks the traditional dishes, decorates the pooja room and the house, washes and sets up the pooja items and so on. It is the women of the house who do it. Most men just enter in the final stage to do the pooja once everything is setup and prepared by the women.
Forget the adults, look at the younger boys and girls. How many girls do you see doing pooja, drawing rangoli, wearing ethnic Indian dresses, chanting mantras, etc. How many boys do the prayers, upanayana, help the elders on festive occasions etc?
Now answer the question for yourself. Who is better at preserving, practicing and upholding the Indian culture and traditions? Indian man or the Indian woman?