As kids, we are taught about culture, customs, and societal workings, by our parents, teachers, textbooks, and all the elders around us. But, there comes a time when we get acquainted with reality, and, start questioning these teachings.
While some people believe that questioning the culture, is equivalent to insulting our relics and religion, the others are known as change-makers. They are the ones who create history by bringing necessary change into their society and the world has a whole.
And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.
Challenging the Society
The Burning Women
Remember back in these 80s, Sati was thought to be a part of the Indian and Hindu culture. Women we burnt alive in the pyre of their husbands. For all the people Sati was a societal norm, which could not be questioned. Until Raja Ram Mohan Roy started the movement against Sati and made everyone realize, how brutal and irrelevant the entire custom was.
Living the unwanted life
Sati was not the only wrong that was happening in society. Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar fought for the rights of the widows and legalized Widow Remarriage. While at the time, he faced a lot of criticism, today people regard Widow remarriage as a boon to the society, which helped in making the society more open and accepting of women.
Right to Education
Article 21a of the Indian Constitution describes the Right to Education as a Fundamental Right, but before that, life wasn’t so beautiful for the two sects in Indian society: Women and Untouchables.
Not just education, a decent living style was also denied to them. While many thought that was the way of life, some reformers like Savitri Bai Puhle opened a school for women and untouchables.
Culture are the ideas, customs, and social behaviour of a particular people orr society.
So the definition itself makes it clear that culture is susceptible to changes, with the moving times. Until we decide on changing the regular norms, they will always be called culture, and once things change, we have a new culture.
AT present too we have a lot of reformers, questioning the caste system, the religious discrimination, and a lot of other societal norms of Indian society. These people are visionaries who believe that society belongs to each individual, and until we all have equal rights and freedom to live, calling it a society for all would be wrong.
So if you are someone, who questions the society, the norms then tap your back for being an extraordinary visionary.