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GUWAHATI: Union minister for women and child development, Smriti Zubin Irani on Monday blamed men, who were heading universities, for not allowing women’s studies to flourish.
Irani was speaking virtually during an interactive session at the Tilottoma Barooah Memorial Lecture and Award ceremony organized by the Chandraprabha Saikiani Centre for Women’s Studies (CSCWS), Tezpur University.
Irani said during her tenure as human resource development minister, she made an effort to ensure that women’s study cells in universities were reactivated but indirectly attributed her failure to ‘male-dominance’. “Given the fact that the institutions (universities) are autonomous in nature, it has been a disappointment to me that the men who led these institutions did not allow the women’s study centres to flourish. And I think that is why it is incumbent upon well-meaning men and women to come together to strengthen the systems within the universities,” she added.
She said such centres should be allowed to thrive in areas of science, new academic research and inter-institutional exchanges. “Given that constitutionally there is a limitation as to how much you can impose upon an academic institution, I think it’s time that men who are leading these academic institutions recognize the importance of women’s studies,” said Irani.
Irani said that technology has given a platform where issues related to women are discussed, deliberated and enable us to present them to a larger audience. “Today the Tilottama Baruah Memorial award is being conferred upon Hemalata Baruah, an eminent and dedicated social worker, who had started her life’s journey as a teacher and became a part of the mahila samiti for the rest of her life. But how many in North India or South India know about her contributions,” asked Irani.
She urged all to create a new narrative where all perspectives are included. “We need a new narrative where women working in even a small village are also highlighted and heard by all,” she added.
Tilottoma Barooah was a freedom fighter, activist and an associate worker of Padmashree Chandraprabha Saikiani, who was a freedom fighter.





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