18 Facts Prove That Ancient India Was A More Liberal And Modern Than “Modern” India.

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Ancient India was not only rich in its heritage and culture, but likewise in its thoughts and mentality. History shows us how forward thinking our country was until a series of invasions happened which led to the modifications in the mindset and the culture. Here are some facts from ancient times that prove that our country was way more liberal and egalitarian in nature.

#1. Sanatan Dharma transcends the barrier of gender.

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#2. During the Vedic times, our culture had women ascetics called Rishikas.

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#3. Manusmriti says that women have the liberty to earn money and spend it.

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#4. Mahabharata states that if a woman becomes hostile (does not want to be intimate) then a man should be able to control himself and walk on the path of the righteous. A man should not beat his wife or treat her in an ill manner.

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#5. Lakshmi Tantra states that women should be respected and treated properly irrespective of their beauty.

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#6. Manusmriti states that a woman should receive as much education as a man.

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#7. It also states that a woman can choose her own life partner, and can choose to remain a spinster.

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#8. Sex has been never a taboo in the ancient India.

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#9. Ancient India acknowledged that the intactness of the hymen has nothing to do with the virginity.

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#10. Upanishads state that a woman can study the Vedas, Upanishads, sacred texts etc. And can also choose to be an ‘Acharya’ or a teacher.

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#11. Rajasekhara, a prominent Sanskrit poet had said that there is nothing like gender bias in the field of literature.

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#12. Ancient India witnessed numerous brave and talented women rulers like Rani Chennamma, Rudramdevi of modern day Andhra Pradesh etc.

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#13. In Kalidasa’s ‘Raghuvamsa,’ dating was not considered as a taboo. In fact, when courtesans went on a date in public parks, they were not disturbed at all.

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#14. During the reign of Chadragupta Maurya in the Gupta Age women had the liberty to remarry, if their spouse is banished, has died or is impotent.

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#15. In the 18th century, both men and women were given equal opportunities in all fields.

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#16. Art in India was never scrutinized under the label of morality and one can see its boldness on the walls of Khajurao and Markandeswar temples.

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#17. Manusmriti states that both the daughter and son could take care of their parents.

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#18. Kamasutra not only states homosexuality as a mainstream sexual orientation, but also provides effective eight step way to have an intercourse.

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