They cannot be cast aside

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Praiseworthy effort to end segregation of widows In many parts of orthodox Hindu society, it is still unimaginable that a widow, traditionally relegated to the bottom of the hierarchy, can share a platform with a priest. Yet, this is exactly what happened earlier this week in Varanasi, where upper caste seers and Sanskrit scholars broke… Read more »

विधवाओं के मसले पर चर्चा आज

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वाराणसी (प्रे)। विधवाओं की आजीविका में सुधार के उपाय तलाशने के लिए देशभर के बड़े हिंदू संत व संस्कृत विद्वान सोमवार को यहां एकत्र होंगे। "सुलभ" के संस्थापक बिंदेश्वर पाठक ने कहा कि वाराणसी में देश के विभिन्न हिस्सों से बुजुर्ग महिलाओं सहित बड़ी संख्या में विधवाएं आकर रह रही हैं, जो संस्कृत विद्वानों व… Read more »

Colourful turn

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This refers to the report that for the first time, the Vrindavan widows played Holi with one another using flower petals and colour powder (March 25). With their shackles broken, thanks to Sulabh International, the hapless women have made an effort to enter the mainstream. Bindeshwar Pathak’s efforts to emancipate the widows in government-run shelter… Read more »

Colourful Holi for widows does not mean a change in tradition

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The widows of Vrindavan are better off playing Holi with colours than practising traditional abstinence, true. But how much better off? Does this symbolic breaching of the limits of widowhood lead on to anything more substantive, either for these women or for Indian women in general? The answers can only be contingent. But to the extent the initiative of Sulabh International, a voluntary organisation, provokes… Read more »

White shadows

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Vrindavan, the childhood home of Lord Krishna, is also the abode of his romance with beloved Radha. The city has hundreds of temples and ashrams. The air is filled with chants and mantras. Foreign tourists, in colourful attire, walk through the narrow lanes of the city and greet you with “Radhey Radhey”. But besides the… Read more »

For India’s ‘untouchables,’ a rare moment of inclusion

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In a major break from caste system constraints, some of India's Brahmins welcomed a group of India's lowest ranking members to join a Hindu ritual historically closed to them. Hindus believe a dip in the waters where the Ganges, Yamuna, and mythical Saraswati rivers meet during India’s Kumbh Mela Hindu religious festival cleanses them of their… Read more »