Speaking at the Silver Jubilee Celebrations of Mahila Dakshata Samiti, here on Friday Mr Naidu said that there was enough evidence to show that women during the early Vedic period were seen as equal to men in all walks of life. He said that our cultural moorings have gender equality as a core principle. “We are proud inheritors of a culture and a world view in which women were not only treated equally but were revered”, he added.
The Vice President said that India’s long, rich history was dotted with numerous achievements of extraordinary women. Quoting examples of great women like Prabhavati, the daughter of Chandra Gupta II, Razia Sultana, the only woman monarch to rule Delhi, Durgavati the Gond queen and Rajmata Jijabai, famous poetesses like Molla who wrote Ramayana in Telugu, Akka Mahadevi, Andal and Avvaiyar and others, he said that India has a long lineage of highly accomplished women.
Mr Venkaiah said that despite our rich heritage, there has been unfortunately a parallel trend of gender discrimination. This has resulted in low literacy, low education and consequently, low representation in the workforce and politics, he added.