Topic – Role of women and women’s organization, population and associated issues
1) The recent Sabarimala controversy is a fight between socio-religious political entrepreneur and the social reformers. Comment.(250 words)
Why this question
The article examines the recent Sabarimala controversy from a sociocultural perspective and links it with India’s freedom struggle where the same strategy worked against the British.
comment- here we have to express our knowledge and understanding of the issue and form an overall opinion thereupon.
Structure of the answer
Introduction– write a few introductory lines about the recent Sabarimala controversy. E.g briefly discuss the SC judgement on Sabarimala temple, one of the most important Hindu pilgrimage centre etc.
Discuss how the controversy reflects the fight between between socio-religious political entrepreneur and the social reformers. E.g Mention the two sides of the controversy- Political parties who are politicizing the issue trying to garner voter support in their favour and the women reformers, activists trying to enforce the SC judgement; Mention that reformers have always had to face opposition when they stood against socio-religious traditions.Rammohan Roy, the first Indian reformer of the modern era, had to fight conservatives for abolishing Sati. Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, who fought for the remarriage of Hindu widows ; It would be wrong to assume that the people’s opposition is spontaneous, while it largely results from the instrumentalisation of traditions by ideologues; mention how the political parties have rallied behind the religious sentiments of people and mixed them with political tones in order to have selfish political gains etc.
You can also take an opposing stand and accordingly frame your answer. The purpose of the article is to refresh the knowledge of some critical ills in India’s polity.
Conclusion- based on your discussion, form a fair and a balanced conclusion on the given issue.