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Revisiting Women’s Representation in Matrilineal and Patriarchal Social Structure

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Writers Column

Apoorva Tomar
Begum Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain’s short story “Sultana’s Dream”, as published in 1905, is one of the earliest feminist fictions written in India and continues to hold relevance till date. The Narrator in her story dreams of a Lady land where men are put in purdah and secluded from the activities of the state. Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain imagined a reversal of patriarchy, a fantasy land where women had come out of zenana, educated themselves and successfully maintained peace and order in society with their intelectual prowess. Living in an era when both colonialism and patriarchy dominated the society, through her story she exhorts the fellow women of India to come out of their traditional roles of reproduction and nurturing which they had submissively accepted. She pictured a utopian Ladyland and gave an opportunity to every woman to dream, to break the shackles of patriarchal norms, to realize their capabilities and strengths and not to limit themselves to everyday domestic chores.

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OUR FLEETING SELF…..

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O Mankind ever wondered your true self?
But  for own incompleteness, wandering here and there.
Seeking answers to disdainful self,
but for being guided by own true self; for why  you wander any less…

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Ode to my mindset: The Baniya approach

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K.D. Chaturvedi
Aristotelian Parallel
This article is not an insult to the intelligence of the great nation of ours, but an exercise in self catharsis by true reflection of ourselves to us. Before I seem to offend -with the use of the word “Baniya”-which least is my intent, I would like to draw a parallel with the Aristotelian theory of Universals, as in language there are proper names and adjectives.
Proper names apply to “things “or “persons”, each of which is the only thing or person to which name in question applies example the words Napolean and France. On the other hand “cat” and “dog” apply to many different things.
The problem of Universals is the meaning of such words and also of adjectives, such as “white”, “hard” and so on. Superficially, Aristotelian doctrine is plain enough as what is signified by a proper name is a “substance”- a “this”, while what is signified by an adjective, or class name as “cat” is universal- a “such”.

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Renaissance through ‘her’…

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Dr. Rocktotpal Konwarh
She spoke…
He did too, but a mere testimony to silence…
She was mute…
He tried to walk away in pain and penance …
She breathed her last…
To lie on the pyre, He was making a haste …
As the flames consumed her up…
He said: Forgive me! Renaissance shall be ours!!

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Is the Baby Cradle Point enough to reduce child abandonment?

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Roselina Borpatra Gohain
Child abandonment, the practice of giving up interests and claims over one’s offspring in extralegal way with the intent of never again resuming or reasserting them. Today, abandonment of a child leads to a serious crime in many jurisdictions because it can be considered wrong in itself due to the direct harm to the child. There are various causes of child abandonment of which poverty is often a root cause. Another common reason for baby dumping is teenage pregnancies. Pregnant teenagers experience problems during and after child birth due to social and psychological distress.

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