October 18, 2019 10:33 PM

Chandigarh (Face2News)

A 14 day Refresher Course titled ‘India Studies’ . w.e.f 10th oct to 23RD oct, 2019 is being run by Human Resource Development Centre of Panjab University ,under the guidance of Dr.Namita Gupta, Programme Co-ordinator and Chairperson Centre for Human Rights and Duties. During this course, different eminent resource persons have been registering their presence and leaving imprints on the minds of the participants from different subjects and areas.

On Friday during the morning session, Dr Kuldeep Agnihotri, Vice Chancellor of Central University Himachal Pradesh gave his discourse on the concept of India and Nation State.

During the course, he emphasised that India is a land of Vedas, Upanishads, Gita and Yoga. However, no original ideas have evolved in the last 2000 years. It is due to the secondary sources of knowledge which are mere commentaries and not the real ideas. He highlighted that the secondary sources would lead to secondary results and the fundamental ideas are conceived best in the mother tongue. According to him, state is a physical entity whereas a nation lives in our hearts and is beyond the geographical boundaries. He concluded that the beauty of Indian culture is in its continuity and sustainability unlike other nations. He articulated his ideas through varied real life experiences.

In the afternoon session, Dr Indu Agnihotri, from Centre for Women Development studies, New Delhi enlightened the participants about “unequal as a whole” under the Gender and History studies. She remarked that the Indian history has no particular mention of women except for the few. She talked about the adverse sex ratio and women work force participation in India.

According to her Sex , Gender and Patriarchy are essential but not sufficient to know the history of women studies. We cannot study them in isolation, but we have to interweave them with other categories of race, caste and class within the social structure.

She commented on the colonial policy of primogeniture which neglected the women participation in family landholdings and her role in agriculture. She believed that the slogan of sisterhood is doubtful and insufficient because it does not take into account elite white or third world women. Apart from that on her second discourse on social movements in India, she highlighted the need for voicing the concerns of women through women movements. The influence o and interference of social and political aspects on women movements was brought to light in a very lucid manner.

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