Definition 1 of 2
In contrast to Rahul Gandhi's vision of India as a "beehive," he made it clear that his India is mother India. To quote him:
"In our culture and heritage, mothers come above everyone else. 'Ma' evokes reverence - that is our tradition. We call 'Bharat'- our country - Ma... anything we hold in reverence we address as Ma,"
While this is all well and good, modern Indian women found it condescending and even backward. A reporter on the topic notes that:
"Modiji’s bharatiya naari is an entirely different breed, best epitomised in iconic ye olde Hindi film cliches: the gaon ki gori sweating over the hot chulha; demure housewife serving chai-paani to her hardworking patidev; long-suffering widow who looks for livelihood to feed her children; soft-hearted mother whose love extends to all of God’s creatures. Why talk to the real women in front of you, when you can wax eloquent about imaginary ones culled from fiction."
CategoriesGovernment and Politics
Definition 2 of 2
No annual day programme in Indian schools is complete without a (mostly) spaced-out looking, little mother india overseeing the performances. Dressed in a white saree and a crown holding the national flag, she stands still on an elevated platform, waiting for it all to end, patiently.
Choir (composed of squealing school students): Ohh Motharindiaaaa we aaaar your childrennnnn