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Draupadi or Savitri: Lohia's Feminist Reading of Mythology

Rammanohar Lohia's reflections on gender set him apart from both his contemporaries and his predecessors. His contribution lay in his capacity to raise the concern for women to a political doctrine, often disagreeing with not just thinkers from other political ideologies but also those within his own party. How far he was successful in translating his ideas into actual practice is an important question, but there is little doubt that he was honest in pursuing solutions to the layers of difficulty that made social equality for women so elusive. He did not visualise such solutions as probable within a given period of time. For him, like Gandhi, the process, the tools and the ethics of transformation were as important as the change itself.

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