However, in textbooks of Rajasthan, girls of modern India are taught to simply stay at home, be a good wife, cook food and become good mothers. And according to them, bravery and valor stories are simply not meant for girls.
”Games”, a chapter in class III, shows three boys playing a game of hockey. A class VIII chapter on a Sindhi poet Sant Kanwar states that a woman’s duty is to follow her man reflecting the entire chapter on male dominance and the responsibility of a woman as a child-bearer.
According to Rajeev Gupta, former HoD of the Rajasthan University:
”Chapters dealing with valor, courage and bravery revolve around male characters, says the team. “Women are presented in a domestic sphere. The role of women as a leader, administrator, and policy maker is not at all highlighted.”
This revelation comes as an irony in a society where we are pushing young girls to attend schools so that they break free from the chains of male dominance and domesticity.