I recently published an article in the Gender Forum Journal, the title of which is “Why Kali Won’t Rage.” Kali (in the poster above) is one of the most powerful Indian goddesses. She is the female prototype of power, who famously battled violent men and refused to submit to their advances passively. In fact she’d defeat these men, kill them and wear their skulls in a victory garland as a sign of her absolute refusal to succumb. Where is Kali today among the Indian women? Below I briefly explain what this article is about.
Misogyny (a hatred of women) is as deep rooted in Indian history and traditions, as anti-Semitism, the hatred of Jews, is in European history. And both have resulted in the same thing: a targeted annihilation of the despised group.
While there were about 7 million Jews eliminated from Europe, India has eliminated more than 50 million women in 3 generations. There is every conceivable form of violence inflicted on Indian women and girls.
In 20 more years, 20% of women will have been exterminated from India’s population.
Yet, there is one big difference between India’s female genocide and the other genocides that the world has witnessed. Indian women are not resisting! They are not fighting back! They don’t see this as a gross injustice done to them! It’s not only the average woman, even the Indian feminist movement is not resisting!! Indian feminists are not angry. They insist that this is not an issue of male suppression and that they bear no anger or bitterness or resistance towards the patriarchal system they live within. In fact many women argue that it is not men who are to blame, but women!!! Why is this so? It is an unnatural response for any genocidal group!
I discuss why the Indian feminist movement is not enraged about the genocide of India’s women in the following article. I also argue why the Indian feminist movement urgently needs an inner revolution to change its submissive and passive approach, and why unless it does so, there is no hope of challenging India into stopping this deplorable atrocity against women, and becoming a more gender-just and humane nation.