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May
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India Night with Ekta GuptaSpecial Events :: Community Event
India Night with Ekta Gupta
5:30 PM
Jeannette Rankin Peace Center
Description:
Join us for India Night at the Jeannette Rankin Peace Center! Special guest speaker Ekta Gupta will share a presentation on "Women in Changing India".

Free and open to the public.

* Snacks
* Henna
* Fair-trade Items from India

Ekta Gupta is a Fulbright Scholar teaching Communicative Hindi Language at the University of Montana.

For more information call (406) 543-3955
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Women in Changing India: A brief Introduction of Transition from Vedic Period to the Present

The position and role of women in Indian society is changing with every passing day. Though they began as house wives, now women have acquired a prominent position in society. It has been a long journey from subjugation to self-determination. Thanks to our sisters in the West who started questioning and recognizing suppression absorbed in the highly patriarchal society, which inspired us very strongly.

But women were not always suppressed in India. There was a time when they were revered, respected and cared more than any society in the world. Manusmriti, one of the founding scriptures of Hinduism, states, “Where women are honored, divinity blossoms there, and wherever women are dishonored, all actions no matter how noble it may be, remain fruitless.” In Vedic Period, women were completely free of any sort of shackle. They were free to get
education, learn various skills, choose their own husbands, and go anywhere without any fear and so on.

Due to a gradual distortion of scriptural representations, social values, and invasions of outsiders changed the whole idea of women’s freedom, self-respect, and self-confidence, their position in the society and at home. Here is a brief history of changing roles of women in Indian society from the beginning to the present.
Age Group: All Ages
Venue: Jeannette Rankin Peace Center
Address: 519 S. Higgins Missoula, Montana 59801
Phone: 4065433955

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