Gandhi was not a mere ‘sympathizer’ of women. He told women to empower themselves and become a participant in national building. Gandhi said;
“There had been mad wars between nations and there had also been wars against insane policies of our societies. Some women think that they must become equal participants with man in handling these wars. I do not agree with this. In my opinion women must have their independent opinion and action plan to deal with or participate in these wars. The women must think like women and not man.
Men have messed up with many situations by applying their violent thoughts in most matters. The world is moving towards a disaster due to men’s folly and the men will make the women commit suicide along with them. It is the duty of women to prevent men from committing more mistakes.”
No doubt, Gandhi said the above word during Second World War. I find that there a subtle difference in what Gandhi said and what the protagonists of “Women Empowerment” have in mind. Primarily, those who talk about women empowerment are more concerned about gender discrimination rather than permitting half of the world’s population to handle the affairs of the world in their own way. They ask women to compete with the men and defeat them in their own game (games that men play).
The affairs of the world were being conducted for centuries according to how the man thought about human beings and humanity and never according to how women could have thought if they really believed that they had their independent views. Men are often proud of having encaged a lion from the jungle and of having made it stand on a stool with two legs, like men. If a lion is made to think that its true potential lies in doing better than men when it comes to standing on a smaller stool on its two legs; do you think it makes sense?
Women have to empower themselves; first by exploring their true potential as women, completely detaching themselves with the concepts men have about women; that alone would be moving forward. If a woman becomes a General in the army or makes six crores of rupees for a six minute item song for a film, it is not women empowerment.
PROMOD KUMAR SHARMA
[This is an extract from the book “Mahatma: A scientist of the Intuitively Obvious”]