India has been ruled by many rulers of different cultures, religions and traditions. From mughals to Britishers, and marwars to marathas. India has been ruled by these rulers over the centuries.
One who rules, makes laws, and spreads their religious and cultural thoughts among the people. They promote their religion and culture and tell people to adopt it.
Since the very beginning the condition of women has not been so well in the Indian society, whether they are muslim women, hindu women, rajput women or maratha women. This gender was always considered inferior. Women are never respected, never got privilege in society in the earlier time. They were like machines who could give birth to young ones. They are suppressed and dominated by men.
The irony is that India is a place where Goddesses are worshiped with greatest devotion. The man who beat his wife in his house, is the greatest devotee of Goddess. People can respect an unknown identity and statue of women but not the one present in front of their eyes.
Indian society has always asked for sacrifice from women. This demand has been accepted by every woman as her responsibility and culture. Being a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister, a daughter in law, a sister in law she finds happiness and considers sacrifice as her utmost duty.
My mother once told me that no man dares to touch you until and unless you will, until and unless you allow him. The same applies for the condition of the women in society. No doubt that society is responsible for the women's condition but I say not fully but partially. Women themselves are too responsible for their conditions in society.
When rajputs ruled over some part of India, the condition of women was the same as mentioned above. Women lived in pardas, even the queens lived in pardas, education was of course not at all made for women.
In the culture of Rajputs, Sati System was practiced, under which if a man dies for any reason, his wife has to die with him on the same funeral pyre. They consider it as the sacrifice of his wife. It is said that without a husband a wife has no existence in this world.
This universe has given life to each and every living organism. Nobody has the right to take it away except this universe. The society, its culture and norms cannot force anybody to jump into death's mouth in the name of religion and tradition.
The movie Padmavat was released on 25 January 2018 on Indian cinema screens. It is a film directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. This movie was made to show and praise the sacrifice of Queen Padmavati. As the king of Chittorgarh lost the war with Alauddin Khilji and was killed in the war. Thousands of soldiers died in the war.
Along with the Queen of Chittorgarh, wives of all the soldiers jumped into the fire, marking the symbol of sacrifice and supporting their husbands as they gave their lives for the nation.
It is said that Rani Padmavati was a courageous woman. She was a warrior, she knew how to use all the weapons of war including swords.
When the King of Chittorgarh was in the possession of Khilji, Queen Padmavati released him with good strategy and cunning political policy.
This act of Queen Padmavati was considered as an act of bravery and huge sacrifice in Indian history. All the Rajputs feel very proud of belonging to a caste where Queens like Padmavati existed and were devoted to her husband, culture and society.
No doubt sacrificing your life for someone is an act of courage. Not everybody does it, but for me this is an act of being emotionally foolish.
Queen Padmavati was a brave lady but she didn't use her bravery and her skills when the Chittaurgarh, it's citizens and she herself needed it the most.
She could fight with Khilji with the fire of revenge in her heart. One who is courageous never spares his/her enemy at any cost. Instead of jumping into the fire and letting Khilji to rule over the people of Chittorgarh is an act of stupidity and selfishness.
She should have fought with him and saved Chittorgarh and should have taken revenge for the death of her husband.
Rani Laxmi Bai, after the death of her husband, fought for Jhansi. She was not a coward and did not die shutting the door. She fought for Jhansi till her last breath.
It's all about how you look at a certain incident. For some this act of jumping into the fire, leaving the lives of thousands of people despite having the potential to fight, can be an act of bravery, and for some like me this act can be an act of nonsense. Act if you have potential, leaving all the culture, religion, tradition and society behind.