Yes, you read the title correctly. I bet you’re so used to seeing people, especially women calling themselves feminists, that when you see someone declaring that they’re NOT a feminist, it raises your eyebrows.
You might wonder why, though. My answer is very concise and clear. It is because all modern day feminists are hypocrites. The very word feminism has stopped carrying any meaning!
Ideally, feminists ought to care about the empowerment of ALL women, irrespective of nationality, caste and especially religion. However, I don’t see this happening ! I see only selective outrage. Do these fake feminists care about the thousands of women whose lives are being destroyed by the triple talaq ? Do they even bother fluttering an eyelid towards the sad state of women who are sold as slaves in Middle Eastern countries? Do they stand up to the paedophilic practices of cults ?? No, they don’t ! But all these hypocrites promptly hold up placards showing their ‘grief’ at something as non-oppressive as respecting the practices of an ancient temple like Sabarimala. You might have seen in the news, the thousands of Hindu women in Kerala who are willing to wait for their turn to enter the temple (#Readytowait campaign) , because they respect the tradition. So, who are these feminists actually representing ? And who asked them to take up cudgels on behalf of the ardent devotees ?? This definitely proves that these activists are firing from the shoulders of the women devotees and have some other vested interests.
My point is, they’re completely oblivious to the ACTUAL problems of women. The real question is, why are these hypocrites only targeting Hindu practices, which don’t actually discriminate against women ? Realistically, their focus should be on empowering women to proper health,education, financial literacy,etc.
As a practicing Hindu, my perspective is very simple ; I unabashedly believe in the empowerment of all beings, including animals ! I believe everyone has the right to be treated fairly, irrespective of where they come from or what they believe in. Hinduism has produced numerous powerful women figures, like Rani of Jhansi, a queen, battle commander who fought against the British in the 1857 War of Independence. Or even Kittur Rani Chennama, who questioned all societal stereotypes.
In Hinduism, there are 330 million Gods and goddesses. It might be surprising to know that more than 80% of them are women! When someone wants wealth, they bow down to Devi Lakshmi, when they want knowledge, they bow down to Devi Saraswathi. When they want protection, they pray to Devi Durga. Even the most feared kings would not enter the battlefield before prostrating to Durga!
Right from the Vedic times, there has been no need for any reforms or revolutions, simply because women were empowered to begin with. They never gave up on themselves and others and they always commanded respect just by the divine way they carried themselves.
Hither to, why do you think the concept of sati came up?? It was purely because of Mughal invasions and their inhuman practice of snatching away the queens and princesses of Hindu kingdoms that they captured.
In other words, as a practicing Hindu girl, I wouldn’t want to rely upon hypocritical , narrow minded, attention seeking women who have sold themselves to anti-National elements.
Hinduism empowers me to live as #Shakthi, the primordial divine feminine consciousness.