Mangaluru, Feb 26 2018: Speaking at a session on the identity of women, as a part of the multilingual literary fest organised by Mahila Lekhakiyara Vachakiyara Sangha in Urwa on February 25, Sunday, writer B M Rohini thundered , that the world is moving forwards by achieving technological progress, women have been moving backwards, being unable to relieve themselves from the shackles of meaningless traditions and blind beliefs imposed by the society.
“Even though women have forayed into fields which even men hesitate to enter, the struggle for existence by women, in the families and in the society is still on. This is true of matriarch families as well. Women hold the key to the house in a matriarch family. But, the overall control of the house would still be in the hands of men. Many women have not been able to oppose the atrocities by their husbands because of their blind devotion,” said the writer.
Little attention : “It is unfortunate that achievements by women do not get much attention as against their counterparts. For instance, while speaking of freedom fighters we tend to forget the name of Veerarani Abbakka, who led an army against Portuguese troops to safeguard the territory of Tulunadu with fortitude while other male rulers could not gather the courage to face the foreign invaders,” she pointed out.
Government First Grade College professor Dr Niketana said that the works of women in literature have exhibited a great deal of research and objectivity on women’s lives, compared to the works of their counterparts.
The sensitive issue of religious norms making womens’ life constrained has been well portrayed in the works of M K Indira and Vaidehi. She further said that one can find a keen observation of womens’ lives in the works of writers Sara Aboobakar, Janaki Brahmavara, Padma Shenoy and others.
Contribution to Kannada : All India Radio (Mangaluru) Programme Executive Concepta Fernandes noted that women writers from Konkani speaking communities have immensely contributed to Kannada literature as well. This is because Konkani speaking communities generally have an inclination towards the regional languages as well.
She meanwhile said that women from the Konkani community have made significant achievements in the fields of education, research and social work. They have even stormed the male bastion of politics.
Heera College (Babbukatte) lecturer Rukhsana Umar said that women need more encouragement for education in the community. “As we see, women strive for the maintaining of cordial relations and brotherhood in all spheres of life.”
Narayanaguru PU College (Haleyangadi) lecturer Jyothi Chelairu opined that education should help women recognise her power. “The mentality of considering woman as a commodity should be done away with. Unfortunately, some women themselves are supporting such thoughts,” she rued.