The discussion started with a post in a women’s group, and ballooned into a meaningful dialogue, highlighting different perspectives. I felt compelled to share this on a wider platform, to invite further views.
The participants in the discussion are from diverse backgrounds:
- Garima Srivastava, a lawyer in Delhi
- Prachika Saxena, Director-HR, Crowne Plaza, Ahmedabad.
- Mani Kant, Professor of English in Ujjain (MP).
- Reena Saxena , Self
Is Maa Durga (a Hindu Goddess) a manifestation of this mindset? History shows feminine power being awakened, when revenge was called for, after a bout of repression. We need to glorify proactivity, instead of reactivity.
Oppression triggers reactivity. Mythologically, Maa Durga was an oppressed householder, before she said ‘Enough’. Proactivity may not necessarily be triggered by oppression. It calls for awareness and foresight and resistance, on a routine basis as opposed to reactivity.
The most powerful Gods and Goddesses are essentially destroyers; whether Durga, Kali, Shiva or Krishna unlike Laxmi, Saraswati, Vishnu, Brahma, who are worshipped as Creators or Preservers. They don’t negotiate with the oppressors.
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