Na Stré Svätantryaà Arhati: The most misunderstood statement
Author(s): R. Muthulakshmi
Abstract: Starting Vedic period, until now, many instances can be quoted, where, women have been enjoying complete independence in all walks of life. In the statement quoted above, what does the term ‘svätantrya’ mean? According to the commentators on Manusmåti, it means svarakñä. Manu’s verse is actually astrikavaca and a kavaca should not be misunderstood as a shackle. This paper concentrates in this point and tries to give a correct picture of a wrongly understood idea.