An Honor to be a Woman in India
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An Honor to be a Woman in India

"The man, who was born to a woman and doesn't respect a woman, has no right to live in this world." – Prof. M.S.Rao.

Dear leaders,

It is an honor to share some thoughts on women who constitute approximately half of the Indian population. You are the force behind India! You are the power of India! You are the real leaders of this great country! Several revolutions are successful with your active support. You have transformed the Indian society amazingly by working from behind scenes. Because you think what is possible. You think what is feasible. You make things happen. And you see that India becomes prosperous.

India gave birth to great leaders such as Jhansi Lakshmi Bhai, Sarojini Naidu and Indira Gandhi to name a few who transformed Indian society. Presently we have women leaders such as Sonia Gandhi and Sushma Swaraj who are transforming the Indian society tremendously.

History shows that the countries that respected and empowered women prospered significantly. They advanced greatly. However, when we look at our country, we find alarming atrocities on women. It seems there is no safety and security for women in India. The situation has gone too extreme that women started to suspect majority of men because of recurrent reporting of rape and violence on women. We need to think about it deeply to reverse the trend to win the trust and confidence of women in India. It all needs the change in the mindset of the men who cannot live without the support of women and who wouldn't have been into this world without women.

It is a fact that most Indian women suffer silently from cradle to grave. They are treated as Goddess Laxmi, Saraswati and Parvathi at home but are not accorded due importance in the society. Parents control them as though they don't know anything. They take more precautions towards women due to social pressures and customs. Up to marriage, Indian women remain under the control of parents. After marriage, they remain under the control of their husbands. And in their old age, they remain under the control of their children. Hence, Indian women remain under control from cradle to grave without any freedom except occasionally glorifying them as Goddesses by Indian society.

When we talk about the status of Indian women we must know the term, 'glass ceiling'. It is a barrier denying equal opportunities to women and minorities to raise high in leadership positions. There are a few Indian women who broke the glass ceiling. For instance, Indira Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi rose in political life through their leadership abilities. There are a few corporate women including Indra Nooyi of PepsiCo who kicked the glass ceiling and have become role models for young women in India. The women leaders such as Kiran Bedi who is the first IPS woman officer, Chanda Kocchar and Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw to name a few kicked the glass ceiling. And many more Indian women are on the prowl to challenge the male bastion to prove their mettle and leadership.

Research shows that women are honest, intelligent, compassionate, outgoing and creative. The predominant quality of women is compassion followed by creativity and integrity. There is growing female employment in India. Currently companies are providing several advantages to women employees to utilize their services. But much needs to be done. Indian women are gradually empowered as we find more women getting into employment and asserting themselves in their personal, professional and social lives. It is exciting to note that education for women is accorded importance and the so called gap between genders is declining. However, we still need to find a lot of improvement among Indian women in all walks of life especially in education and employment.


Woes of Working Women

Indian women encounter several challenges especially the working women. They need to take care of family at home and professional duties at the workplace. They are often pressurized at home and office. However, they demonstrate their abilities by pulling all strings together. In addition, they face challenges from their mothers-in-law as there has been an age old conflict between mothers-in-law and daughters-in-law in India. However, this problem is currently decreasing due to mushrooming nuclear families. Often women have to balance their demanding husbands. They need to take care of their children up to some age and it is possible only for women as they can alone provide motherly love to children.

At office, there will be work related pulls and pressures. In addition, they have to encounter organizational politics and sexual harassment. Therefore, there are a number of challenges for women throughout their lives. However, they overcome all these challenges as they are gifted with a few qualities such as multitasking abilities, interpersonal skills and assertiveness. In addition, they are good at gauging hidden data of communication such as understanding the feelings, emotions and egos of opposite sex better.


Women Empowerment in India

Swami Vivekananda once remarked, "There is no chance of the welfare of the world unless the condition of women is improved. It is not possible for a bird to fly on one wing." Hence, empowering women is imperative not only good for Indian society but also the entire world. And empowering women is a Herculean task in India as it is fact that there is a gender based discrimination in Indian society. Mere legislations don't bring true equality between men and women. There has to be reciprocal response from Indian men to handhold and take Indian women forward by giving them due dignity in the larger interests of our nation. It is true that no nation can progress without the active involvement of women.

Indian women must come out of their traditional barriers and mental limitations and step into the competitive world. Their active participation can help India prosper rapidly. Currently almost half of the hidden potential in India is not utilized properly. If this half of the hidden potential is channeled, India can become a super power.

There must be a change in the mindset of the people in this regard. The day Indian society thinks that women are not the burden, but an asset; and the day the Indian society changes its attitude towards women, the country will prosper as a whole. Let us change our attitude towards women. Let us change our perception towards women. Let us respect them. Let us handhold them. They are the wealth of our country. They are the true leaders who are leading us behind the scenes. Without their support we would not have grown. Without them we would not have been into this world. Here is my message:

It is not only a privilege but also an honor to be born as a woman in India as woman can only carry forward the civilization.

You may not have a sister.

You may not have a wife.

You may not have a daughter.

You may not have a female friend.

But you have a mother.

Remember, you were born to a woman!


Right Attitude is Essential

Indian men must change their attitude towards women. Once it is changed, the atrocities on women will decline. When the culprits think that they were born to a woman there is less chance to resort to rape and violence against women. Research shows that most rapists go scot free due to the loopholes in the Indian legal system including delays. It is the responsibility of parents to teach children how to behave with fairer sex. Hence, as a mother, woman must take responsibility to educate children to respect women. It is essential for the educational institutions to take initiative in this regard. Hence, coordinated efforts from all stakeholders including parents, educational institutions, government, Non Government Organizations (NGOs) and society is essential to check atrocities on women.

Law of the land gives equal rights to both men and women. Law can punish the culprits and rapists. However, the solution lies in changing the mindset of the people and their perception towards women. Men should not treat women as objects or commodities that are available in the market. Building a right attitude about women is the first step of a very steep staircase towards empowerment of women in India.

My dear men! Make sure that the world doesn't mock at India. We cannot live without women. Hence, respect them, handhold them and guide them. Lead them to the path of prosperity. Make a difference to the society!


An Honor to be Born as a Woman

It is only the woman who can conceive and enjoy the feeling of motherhood which the man is deprived of. It is only the woman who can carry forward human civilization. It is only the woman who can encounter several challenges with patience and come out with flying colors. It is only the woman who can show compassion and forgive others quickly. It is only the woman who can multitask. It is only the woman who can understand human feelings, emotions, and egos better than men. It is only the woman who can forgive others with a big heart. Above all, behind the success of every man there is a woman. Therefore, I salute women for all their strengths and applaud their silent contribution to society.

You have suffered silently since ancient times. You have undergone several trials and tribulations for many years. It is the time for you to assert and fight male chauvinism. The sky is the limit for you! You have abundant opportunities currently. You were born at the right time of Indian history. You are a symbol of patience and humanity. You have a great potential and power to take on various challenges in this world. Be bold. Take initiative. Shoulder responsibilities. Face the challenges squarely. Lead India. Lead the world. Inspire the world!

Thank you, Jai Bharat Matha! Jai Hind!

"A woman is like a tea bag - you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water." - Eleanor Roosevelt.

Prof. M.S. Rao
International Leadership Guru

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This Post Has 18 Comments

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    Maddali Laxmi Swetha

    Excellent Article. Sir

    It\'s true only 50 out of 100 percentage that - Up to marriage, Indian women remain under the control of parents. After marriage, they remain under the control of their husbands. And in their old age, they remain under the control of their children.

    Rest of all are independent just like Men Psychology. And it is not easy for Indian women must come out of their traditional barriers

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    We must give due respect to women. I appreciate Professor Rao\'s interest to underscore the empowerment of women.

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    All men must respect women. 

     I am die-hard follower of Professor M.S.Rao He will be President of India one day. He will make India a super power in the world through his visionary and passionate leadership

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    Excellent article which describes everything about women.. Every one should respect the women..  every one must read this article.. I really thank Prof.M.S.Rao sir for writing such a usfull article about women...

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    A great article on women empowerment in India. I applaud Professor M.S.Rao for his kind heart and sincere efforts to highlight the greatness of women.

    Every women and men must read this article and must respect women.

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    Bhanu Sireesha. Saripalli

    Excellent article highlighting the plight of Indian women. Every man in the world must respect women. All men must take pledge to respect women cutting across the countries. I am grateful to Prof. M. S.Rao for dedicating his upcoming book to me. He has a great heart to help others with noble intentions. I am his die-hard follower. I want to see him as the President of India one day.

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    A great article on women leadership and empowerment. All human being must respect women. Everyone must read and spread the message globally as preached by Professor M.S.Rao. I am his die-hard follower.

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    Excellent article highlighting the plight of Indian women. Every man in the world must respect women. All men must take pledge to respect women cutting across the countries. I am grateful to Professor M. S.Rao for dedicating his upcoming book to me. He has a great heart to help others with noble intentions. I am his die-hard follower. I want to see him as the President of India one day.

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    Vinay Kumar

    It is an excellent article on women empowerment in India. Professor M. S.Rao needs a big round of applause not only from Indian women but also from the women across the world for thought provoking and inspiring article. It is very emotional and inspring article. With such great thoughts, he deserve to occupy the highest office of Presidency in India. I am one of his die-hard followerd inspired by this living leadership legend who walks his talk and down to earth. 

    I wish him to be the President of India by 2030. It is my vision and wish. I am sure he will become President of India thus adding value to the positions of Presidency. 

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    A very thought provoking article on the status of Indian women. Everyone must read and respect women. Men in India must change their mindset to respect women as without women we wouldnt have been into this world. 

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    Goli Suresh

    A great article underscoring the challenges Indian women encounter in India. All men must respect women as we would not have been into this world without women as rightly said by Professor M.S.Rao. Everyone must share it with others to empower Indian women.

    I request Professor Rao to highlight more articles to awaken the global society.

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    M. Ganesh Sai

    A very emotional and inspring article on the status of women in India. It is true that Indian women suffer from cradle to grave due to social customs. They must break the glass ceiling and prove themeselves.

    Yes I respect women and hence, I have posted my comments in support of women. The men who respect women must share this post with their known connections to bring equality to women.

    Kudos to Professor M.S.Rao for writing such an excellent article! I would like to read more such thought provoking articles from him.

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    K. Kirti Kumar

    I admire Prof. M.S.Rao very much for his great heart to present in a positive light and to pioneer for the cause of women in India. If all men think and respect women the way Prof. Rao does we can eliminate atrocities on women in India. His areas of interests include leadership and women psychology. He works very hard to serve students and shape them as global leaders. Also, champions for the equality of women. In fact, he has many female followers in India.

    Prof. Rao mentored me and groomed me as a leader without any consultation fee. That shows his great heart! I am forever thankful to him. I am one of his die-hard followers.

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    M. Ramakrishna Sayee

    Women empowerment has become a distant dream in India. Prof. M. S.Rao rightly highlighted the importance to be accorded to women to enable them to get due respect and also to make India and the world better place to live.

    I regularly read his articles in Google and I am glad that your article appeared quickly when I searched his name in Google.

    I am one of the die-hard followers of Prof. M.S.Rao and I am proud to be one among them. To go further, it is an honor to be Prof. M.S.Rao\'s follower.

    Prof. Rao is a man of great character, commitment, courage and convictions. When he writes about women the entire world must take his message seriously to make a difference.

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    P Nagesh

    hi sir very good article everyone has read & respect women as we respect our country we should respect women also after reading your article may some people know many things about women . keep it up sir.


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    A very thought provoking article highlighting the plight of women in India. We must respect women to make a better India and better world. I am his die hard follower of Prof. M.S.Rao and looking forward to reading more such articles in the near future. Here is my endorsement about him:
    "Prof. Rao knows how to grab the attention of audiences and know how to manage and lead them. He shares unique examples with practical implications. He is friendly with audiences and keeps them at ease to impart training objectives. He responds spontaneously. He is very jovial with audiences. I have been inspired by this living legend." - Shaddarsanam Navtej Kumar

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    Inspiring article on women. We must respect women as they are the backbone of any country. Here is my endorsement about this living international leadership legend:
    "The leadership training program was excellent and we learned all new things from Professor M.S.Rao. He inspired us that we can also do something and excel greatly in this world." - Prashanth. N

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    e ramesh

    Great sir,

    yes sir, you are rightly said that except gods all of us with out mother, it is really eye opener, we should respect our ladies every one of us.


    Sr Librarian

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