The Ancient India Was More Open Than It Is Today. Here's How

Himanshu Kumar

Do you believe that today, we are far more advanced than the ancient Indians? You may do so. But, unfortunately, you are wrong. We may have advanced technologically but the progress of a nation is determined by its society- the culture and tradition its people follow.

Modern India is so conservative that it doesn’t allow its people to look beyond the social stigmas and discriminations. What an irony! Very modern, yet conservative.

The primitive Indians were way too broadminded than us. Let us know, how.


1. Right to education


As per Manusmriti, all men and women had an equal right to education. Women can learn as much as she wanted to. They could even choose to be an Acharya(teacher).


2. Liberty to earn and spend freely


According to Manusmriti, in the olden days, women had the right to earn money and spend as per their wish. They spent their lives in a way they preferred.


3. Dating before marriage


Men and women could date each other before marriage and that very normal. They spent time knowing each other. In fact, courtesans went on a date in public parks and were not disturbed. Today, if you do so you may be beaten to death. 


4. Women could choose their own life partner


Unlike today, where women are forced to marry guys of their parent’s choice, the ancient Indian women had the right to marry a man of her choice.


5. No one could ever force a woman to have sex, including her husband


According to Mahabharata, women enjoyed high status in the society. Beating women was not allowed and no one could force her to have sex. Today, women are harassed and molested often.


6. Unmarried women were never judged on their virginity


No issue was created over the intactness of a woman’s hymen. Her virginity was never questioned. Today, it is considered to be the best gift a woman can offer his spouse.


7. Talking about Sex was not a taboo


Earlier, people were so broad-minded that for them, sex was a very normal topic to talk about. Some of the ancient temples have statues and carving of various sex positions. Today, it’s a taboo.


8. All women were considered equal


According to Laxmi Tantra, there wasn’t any discrimination based on the colour of women. All were considered equal. Today, fairer girls are given more preference over darker ones.


9. Both, male and female children could take care of their parents


Unlike today, in those times son and daughter, both of them can take care of their parents in old age. Today, none of them do.


 10. Women could choose to get married or lead a life of a spinster


Women had the right to decide about their future. If they wanted to marry someone that was alright. Even if they didn’t want to, that was okay. They could even choose to become an ascetic.


11. Remarriage was very common


In the Gupta Age, during the reign of Chandragupta Maurya, if a woman’s husband was banished, died or was impotent, she could marry another person of her choice.

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