Tuesday, 30 June 2015
S?t?’s Suicide: How the Ideology of Pativrata Sati Destroys Indian Women

by Ankur Betageri (July 2015)


To the memory of my great-great-grandmother, Hakmi B?i,
who was whipped to death by her husband for eating paan (betel leaf).
O foolish race of mortals, that gave gods such jobs to do,
Then went and made them fierce with anger into the bargain too!
What groans you purchased for yourselves, what grievous injury
For us, what tears you fashioned for the children yet to be!
                                               —Lucretius, The Nature of Things[i]
                                                   Trans. by A.E. Stallings

The relationship of R?ma and S?t? in V?lmiki’s R?m?yana, though not a happy and harmonious one by any stretch of imagination, has always been projected as the ideal husband-wife relationship in Hindu society. What was their relationship really like? Contrary to the evidence present in R?m?yana, R?ma is seen as a monogamist, and not just as a monogamist, but as a loving and devoted husband. Since he is a glorified maryada purushottama, the embodiment of decency and the best among men, he is an ideal to all Hindu men – just as Muhammad is to Muslim men – and following him they become not only patriarchal husbands eternally peeved by their wives’ independence but also possessive husbands paranoid about their wives’ chastity—roles that R?ma performed to perfection in the R?m?yanamore>>>

Posted on 06/30/2015 9:56 AM by NER
31 May 2016
Send an emailAghor Koli
Sir, I found that you have mentioned Valmiki Ramayana, but narrated the interpolated translations... Rama did not ordered Laxmana to throw pregnant Sita to forest... The original tet suggests that Rama after hearing the malicious words of his subjects went down with sorrow.. his heart filled with pity for his poor minded subjects... Sita, finding her husband to be drunk in sorrow, asked for the details from her Spies and found the accurate info.. Later She told Rama, and asked him to kill the Ravanas that are residing in the mind of his subjects... If he recalls her without killing the ravanas of his subjects' mind, then she will dissolve herself for ever. Until, Rama makes it certain, she will Leave Ayodhya.... So, please writing a serious blog and blaming someone, do make proper researches.. Patibrata Sati means a power .. The power which is even powerful than the power of the Tridevs... The proof Sita Gave to Rama for the first time was for the wandering of the Vanaras.. Before that date, no Man did such an effort to regain his wife.. So, to vanaras, Sita must be someone who is not a mere lady... For the warfare vanaras did, for Rama, they had the right to know, for whom they fought... as a result of which Rama ordered Maa Sita for the Agni Pariksha.... Come out of the Kali Yuga's definition of Pavitrata... You will be able to understand everything Sir.. Ramayana Id a Divya Lila after everything...

22 Nov 2016
Pooja P
The author is very good at giving well known references without even a basic reading of the original Ramayana. And the publisher ( New English Review) is equally responsible for publishing such falsities. 

9 Oct 2018
Ramesses I
Good read but I did not like the way you try to twist the facts and forget some plots for the convenience of demonizing ramayana One example: the brutal facial mutilation (cutting off of ears and nose) carried out on Shurpanakha for the innocent act of expressing her desire for Rama You must also add, Shurpanakha attacked Sita of jealousy. My own findings: Ram was Ramesses I of Egypt. Rama's father Dashratta was a king Tushratta of Mitanni who got defeated So Ram did not exist in reality, but that time was not a good time for the general world. Ramayana was composed during a dark age where civilization collapsed. It was after 1177 BC. Tushratta existed 200 years before this date. Ramesses I, II and III existed about 100 years prior to 1177 BC. The composers of Ramayana were trying to romanticise the life before the great fall of civilization in the middle east. Mitanni Vedic culture existed the same time near Egyptians, were friends with Egypt at times. Btw, most romanticized version of history of other traditions such as story of Moses, greek illiad, odyssey were created about the same time

13 Jan 2019
Send an emailKrish
This could have been a good article. But all you did was take a few facts and spin it into a negative (and far, far from truthful) aspect, only to fit into your cynical and defeatist narrative. There is so much wrong with how you interprete simple facts.. it's actually sad.

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