Jaggi Vasudev, famously known as Sadhguru needs no introduction these days. Isha Foundation, his NGO is popular for its programs on yoga and other social initiatives. Jaggi Vasudev enjoys a great fan following and his lectures on social topics are widely praised.
Sadhguru recently tweeted a short video of his discourse on feminism and it is this tweet of his that's triggered a debate on social media. He tweeted,
''If money is the only value, male is the only value, I want you to understand this. Today, in the name of #feminism, unfortunately, a whole lot of women are desperately trying to be like men. Making subtler aspects of life significant is vital for the rise of feminine''. @SadhguruJV
Women and activists took to Twitter to voice their opinion on Sadhguru's tweet. While some called it regressive others argued it to be right. Among those who agreed to disagree on Sadhguru's take on feminism were former Karnataka Chief Secretary Ratna Prabha and IGP(Home Guards & Civil Defence) D Roopa.
Speaking to Republic tv, the woman top cop from Karnataka said, "I respect Sadhguru ji and I find his talks logical. But what does embracing feminine power mean? As a woman in the police department I don't try to be like a man. My profession is male dominated.I bring femininity, grace, sensitivity and other qualities to on the table. 'Don't try to be like men', does this mean we shouldn't pursue higher education or work and just stay at home? However the physical, physiological and emotional make up of men is different from women".
Ratna Prabha, the former chief Secretary of Karnataka had this say,
" I've never tried to imitate a man in my career. I dress up traditionally but my thinking is modern. My connectivity with people has in fact sent shivers to some of my male colleagues. I don't think a woman has to compete with a man. Some women dress modernly like men but I think they're not trying to imitate men but may be want to exhibit their freedom that way. It could be beacuse their parents did not allow it in their childhood."
On the other hand some argue that feminism is a western concept and it hasn't done any good to women. But the concept of women empowerment has definitely benefited countries both economically and socially. Although there are arguments and counter arguments on what's good and what's not good for women, the fact remains that women are equal and have every right to exercise their freedom.