Samvaad 7: Gender in the context of Ancient India

Speaker: Prof. Jaya Tyagi, Department of History, University of Delhi & Director, Women’s Studies and Development Centre, University of Delhi

Prof. Tyagi gave her insights on gender in the context of ancient India by drawing from ancient texts of Manu. The ancient text Manusmriti was discussed and debated in detail. The discussion also threw light upon how women have been portrayed by different authors, which clearly reflected a patriarchal autonomy over texts over the years. Different women characters like Draupadi, Durga, Sita, etc. from ancient scripts were also discussed and compared in the present socio-political set up.