Women in India
by Solomon Senrick
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Women in India
How have women contributed to
the economic development of
How have women shaped
the government of India?
On one hand, India falls in the lowest quartile
with respect to the number of women in
parliment (9.1%,14th loksabha).
The Gond queen Durgavati ruled for fifteen
years, before she lost her life in a battle with
Mughal emperor Akbar's general Asaf Khan in
In ancient India, the women in
India faced confinement and
The Government of India declared 2001 as the Year of
Women's Empowerment (Swashakti). The National Policy
For The Empowerment Of Women came was passed in
Indira Gandhi, who served as Prime Minister of
India for an aggregate period of fifteen years is
the world's longest serving woman Prime
Generalization 1: While women continue to struggle to
be part of India's government, a number of women
have been very successful: Razia Sultana, Gond
Queen Durgavati and Indira Gandhi.
How is the culture of India
shaped by women?
Banarasi saris are saris made in Varanasi, a city which is also called "Benares."
These saris are historically considered to be among the finest saris in India and are
known for their gold and silver brocade, fine silk and opulent embroidery, and being
highly sought after. These saris are made of finely woven silk and are decorated
with intricate design, and because of these engravings, these saris are relatively
Bandhani work involves tying and dyeing of pieces of cotton or silk cloth,
The main colours used in Bandhani are yellow, red, green and black.
Bandhani work, after the processing is over, results into a variety of
symbols including, dots, squares, waves and strips. Bandhani pieces can
be dyed by natural and artificial colors.
Kota doria are one of many types of saree garments. Kota doria sarees are made at Kota, Rajasthan and Muhammadabad Gohna, Mau Utterpradesh city and its nearby area. Sarees are made of pure cotton and silk and have square like patterns known as khats on them.
Originally, such sarees were called Masuria because they were woven in Mysore. The weavers were subsequently brought to Kota by Rao Kishore Singh who was a general in the Mughal army.
Generalization--Women's clothing are
an important element of material
culture, and they vary by pattern, cloth
and location of origin. Examples include
Bandhani, Kota Doria and Banarasi.