Gender is essential in understanding #ancientindia and its utopic claims. While some believe that women had more power and voice in the #ancientera, many also argue that strict caste divisions and patriarchal political structures confined women and led to abuse. To understand the trajectory of gender norms in our nation, and to explore if we've regressed or progressed in terms of gender-based emancipation, it's important to understand what role women played in ancient India, and if they had more autonomy in that era than they do today.
Prof. Vijaya Laxmi Singh is a Professor of Ancient Indian History and Archeology at the Department of History, Delhi University. She is the Author of the book 'Women and Gender in Ancient India'.
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