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This article is part of The Times India’s India series, highlighting women’s empowerment in the country.
What is it about India?
India is a land of promise and opportunity, a land where every woman has a chance to make it and every man a role model.
It is also a land with its own caste system, where the most prominent male is the king and his family, but the poorest are considered to be the “untouchables” (the term used for people who are not able to support themselves or their families).
India has been one of the most socially progressive countries in the world in recent decades.
It has achieved more than 70% gender equality, with women making up nearly 80% of the workforce and making up almost half of all women’s elected representatives in the parliament.
Women make up more than half of the population and in some regions of the country, women make up as much as 90% of all farmers.
The country has one of Asia’s most diverse societies, with a wide variety of cultures, and its population is often split along gender lines.
India’s women are often considered to have the most powerful voice in government, with the country’s male-dominated parliament being the biggest impediment to women’s rights.
There is also some evidence that the rise of Hindutva is helping to keep women in the shadows.
While women have been vocal in the past about their concerns about the treatment of women in India, most women are still largely left out of politics.
This is because there are few avenues for women to gain political power.
In India, a woman needs to be either married or divorced before she can even aspire to run for office, and her only chance at becoming a political figure comes from her husband.
It is only after she is married that a woman can become a politician.
“We have a system where a woman does not have a say.
We have no right to have a voice,” said Prashant Chaudhary, a political scientist at the Indian Institute of Management, Delhi.
“That is why when a woman gets involved in politics, it’s usually because she’s trying to break that glass ceiling.”
India is also home to a huge number of caste groups, and this is reflected in its politics.
Many women are barred from entering politics.
But women’s activism is also seen as part of their empowerment.
When Prashanth, a journalist in New Delhi, went to protest outside the prime minister’s residence, she was met by men in military fatigues.
She was then asked by a man to leave.
“They told me, ‘Why are you protesting in a place where you’re not allowed to be?
You have nothing to say’,” she said.
“And they just kept saying, ‘Go back to your home.'”
For the past few years, women have started making headlines in India for their activism against gender-based violence, with several women being arrested in recent months for allegedly participating in violent protests against a police officer who allegedly raped and killed a woman.
Ana Srinivasan, a women’s advocate who was one of India’s leading campaigners against sexual harassment and violence in India’s public spaces, said there were many reasons why the country has seen an increase in the number of arrests and violence against women.
“There are a lot of reasons why, in particular, the recent wave of sexual violence in the national capital and other parts of the city,” she said, adding that she is hopeful that women will be able to reclaim their voice in politics.