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         spondents, gave surprise gifts to family members. While 54.90% respondents said they had established good relation- ships with family members, the same percentage of respondents said they kept weekend exclusively for family. 47.06% respondents had a domestic help to look after all household work.
The data indicates that 66.67% had established good relationship with colleagues. A little more than half the respondents — 52.94% — planned their day at work at the time of enter- ing the office. About 23.53% did small relaxation exercises when they got tired. While 62.75% respondents kept family matter aside when they were at workplace, a similar number — 62.75% — kept themselves updated for efficient work.
The data reveals that an overwhelm- ing 78.43% decided the priority as per situation. For 19.61% respondents, fam- ily was the priority and job was the pri- ority for 1.96% respondents.
Indian cultural ethos consider men and women came in to existence from
The career breaks they have to take for child rearing, which results in permanent backlog, is never done as a compromise but willingly
a divine soul exactly at the same time as a splitting of pea in to two halves, each part being the same. Contrary to the western belief that considers man produced woman from his body parts, Indian culture views both as equals. But the spiritual equality should not be con- fused with functional equality. Both men and women are physically different and they have specific roles to play for their extended version that is, Family – Soci- ety – Nation and the Whole creation, each one having the final destination of finding inner divinity. Vedas give con- cept of Oneness — Yatha pinde tatha Brahmande. This concept is our base and women are most sustainable carriers of cultural ethos. We can see the basic character of motherhood and the nurtur- ing power in women of India. The career breaks they have to take for child rear-
ing, which results in permanent backlog, is never done as a matter of compromise but willingly. The work culture for a scientist is different from table work. It requires more mental, physical, and time spending ability but to this end, family is not compromised with. We can see in the survey that only 1.96% chose work as their priority. They do all essential duties for their children — their study, spending time with them, and under- standing them psychologically with zeal and maturity.
The pan-India survey also highlight- ed the inherent multitasking ability of women. It is very clear that maintain- ing home, family and work is done with enthusiasm and vigour. This proves that although they are scaling heights pro- fessionally, Indian women continue to remain rooted to the country’s cultural ethos. The only thing necessary is the support and acknowledgment of their efforts by family and society.
*The writer is national president, Shakti, a national organisation for empowerment of women through science and technology, initiated by Vijnana Bharati.
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