Padma Shri Dr. Meenakshi Jain throws light on the historical context of Sati Pratha, challenging narratives and clarifying misunderstandings.
Desk – The legacy of Sati Pratha, outlawed nearly two centuries ago, continues to shadow discussions about Hindu philosophy and customs, raising complex questions about Indian history, gender, and colonial influence.
Padma Shri Dr. Meenakshi Jain, renowned historian and scholar, illuminates these nuanced discussions with her comprehensive exploration of Sati Pratha in this video that we came across, a video that we highly recommend that you watch.
Even as Indians take pride in their rich cultural heritage, Sati Pratha’s cruel and inhumane aspect poses a dilemma. How could a civilization producing profound thinkers like Mahavira, Gautam Buddha, Kabir Das, and Adi Shankara, and thriving through various Indian dynasties, accommodate such a barbaric practice? Why did it require a foreign power to end it?
Dr. Jain, a respected author of many deeply researched books, provides an enlightening perspective on these questions in her acclaimed work ‘Sati: Evangelicals, Baptist Missionaries, and the Changing Colonial Discourse.’ Her research delves into Sati Pratha’s colonial debates, challenging the conventional narratives that British colonialism single-handedly rescued India from its regressive customs.
In an interview, live-streamed on The Argumentative Indian YouTube channel on March 11, 2022, Dr. Jain shared her insights on this intricate subject. She underscores the importance of understanding Sati Pratha within its historical context, urging everyone to engage with her research to quell doubts and dispel misunderstandings.
She has other videos too available on YouTube on the same topic here and here. We highly recommend viewing them all.