As much as I think the Hindu festival of raksha bandhan is adorable and definitely one of its kind in the entire world – I can’t help think how it’s also somewhat sexist in nature.
As per the tradition, the sister ties a band around the brother’s wrist and he in turn pledges to protect her at all times. Hmm. Doesn’t this superimpose the importance of the male gender over the female?
So, we should basically, look up to one section of males to protect us and be wary of the other section lest we may be raped off of our self-respect.
I get a feeling – a festival with this sort of underlying theme may become extinct/irrelevant in future.
Happy raksha bandhan to all. Remember, ladies – before you vest your safety in another person -safety is in your hands first.