Reservation for women reflects desire to give them equal opportunity to compete on basis of hard-work: Smriti

New Delhi, Feb 9 (UNI) Reservation for women reflects a desire to give them equal opportunity to compete on the basis of sheer hard-work and talent than to ensure that men vacate their space, Union Minister Smriti Irani said on Saturday.
Participating in a panel discussion on Feminism and Activism, on the second day of the Arth fest here, Ms Irani, talking about reservation for women, said, “It is not seeking or reflecting a desire to ensure men vacate their space. It is a desire to give women equal opportunity to compete basis sheer hard-work and talent.”
Also talking at the panel on Feminism and Activism, she said, “a movement that began in the 1800s for political rights, you seek to see from the prism of tradition, religion and faith and that is where the dichotomy stems from.
It also depends from which prism you look at the tradition. Our traditions warn us that the capacity to nurture, protect and fulfil all the vows is that of a woman so there is no greater celebration about the potential and capacity of a woman than we find in Indian traditions and text. ‘’
Arth, A Culture Fest, is anIntellectual Property of ZEE LIVE, with an aim to understand and find meanings of the Indic civilization and discover its soul. The festival was held at the lawns of Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts from 8th to 10th Feb 2019.
The National edition of Arth has been carefully designed keeping in mind the current scenario in the country.
The day two of the festival saw some really hard-hitting panel-discussions and talks by the most prominent speakers in India on subjects that the nation has been discussing.
Some of the panels were ‘Activism via the ARTS: Legitimate or opportunistic?’ in which Insights were shared by Malavika Avinash, Swarnamalya Ganesh and Vivek Agnihotri, Subramaniam Swamy in conversation with Anurag Saxena.
The audience also connected to the ongoing topic and panel discussion on ‘Feminism and Tradition: Compatible or at adds? ‘ by Smriti Irani, Raveena Tandon and Lavanya Vemsani.
The Panel discussion was followed by some engaging and learning masterclass- Sanjhi Paper Cutting of Uttar Pradesh, Kangra Miniature of Himachal Pradesh, Pottery from Rajasthan, Chittara Painting from Karnataka. The evening was followed by Pandavani Performance by the award winning personality, Teejan Bai, in which she enacts tales from the Mahabharata, with musical accompaniments where the audience enjoyed her performance.

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