If Indian society and culture does respect mothers, then how does it show this respect?
Do we make an effort to understand how a woman’s life changes forever when she becomes a mother, how her health, body, emotional health and independence is affected? Or do we remind new mothers to make sure they remain attractive for their husbands?
Do women hear of examples of women who didn’t ‘whine‘ and who got back into shape and who got back to working in the fields within a week/month of child birth? Are women advised not to start looking like ‘do bachchon ki amma’?
Before a child is born – is there an effort to tell a woman how her life would change forever once she is a mother? Are women allowed to choose if and when they want to be mothers? Or do we start asking questions if they don’t get pregnant (with male children) when they are expected to?
Do we treat mother’s bodies with respect and care – by making fathers equally responsible for contraception and pregnancy and child-care? (And not just married fathers)
Do we allow mothers to add their own name in their children’s names? Are mothers seen as natural guardians of their own children? Do we complain when workplaces make it easier for mothers to continue working?
Do we ensure mothers (like all other parents) are not forced to choose between self reliance and good health, and motherhood?
Do we realise that the society needs mothers and fathers so that we have a new generation – and realizing this so we make it easier for women to choose motherhood, by ensuring they do not have to give up more than they need to, to be mothers?
How does the Indian society show it’s respect for mothers?
Do we make it difficult for women with children (mothers) to work, divorce or remarry, more than we do for other parents?
Do we penalize women for motherhood by making statements like ‘Pregnancy makes women workers cost-inefficient’?
Edited to add: Please also consider, Kunti’s relationship with Karan and Sita as a single mother.
And, how many empowered mothers-of-daughters can you think of in Hindu mythology?