Why is there gender bias in Indian society?

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Sadhguru in conversation with Kiran Mazumdar Shaw


That's a very unique way of looking at it. And you know, you said, and I was very taken with that statement that you made that, "I am human". That is to say that you are proud of being a human being, and that you got this life in you which is very very unique. And, I want to actually take that sentence of yours and say, "I am a woman". And, I want to raise a very important subject which has always worried me a lot, and that is about, the very very serious gender bias that we have in society. Across the world, but I want to focus on our own country. [...] Well, I just want to say that, let me tell you that as a woman, I am very proud to be a woman in this country, but I think I know what this gender bias is about. Because, right from the time I was born, I have seen this gender bias in society. And, I really want to discuss this with you, Sadhguru Ji, because I really think it is very important for me to understand from you about certain things that have always been of concern to me as a woman. Because, I remember my mother telling me, when I was born, that although my parents were overjoyed, my late grandmother, you know, my father's mother, my late father's mother, was deeply disappointed that the first child born in the family was a girl child. And, my mother told me that, she didn't even come and visit me for a whole day. And yet, my grandmother, as I grew up, started respecting me, and you know, admiring me for some of the things that I was doing. And, I remember, when I came back from Australia, she looked up to me, and said, you know, your father doesn't have two sons and a daugher, he has three sons. [...] Even in that, I was achieveing so much, she still saw me, saw that strength in me as being a male, as being a man in a woman's body kind of thing. So, I just feel that this problem that we have in society is real. I mean, let’s not hide away from the fact, in Indian society, as much as we want to basically try and behave there is gender equity, there isn’t. There is a lot of gender-bias. I know that we are a strange society. On one hand we, of course, revear goddesses as very powerful goddesses. And yet we have wisdom and wealth as female icons. We have Durga, Kali as powerful iconic symbols. And yet, on earth, we don’t pay that same respect to women.


Duration: 17:47 min


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