in ancient India - FAQ Resources
in ancient India - FAQ
edits proposed by the HEF and VF on questions of gender and caste in
ancient India are highly tainted by ahistorical and reactionary
claims. By substituting the word "unequal" with "different,"
"rights" with "dharma" the authors of these edits recreate a past in
which caste society and patriarchy appear unproblematic, almost
benign. Such acts of erasure and silencing of the ancient
represent a direct assault on struggles against gendered and
caste-based forms of oppression in the present. Rendering
invisible in history and women visible only as contented bearers of
"different" dharma, these edits reflect a view of society antagonistic
to the rights of women and the historical victims of caste society.