Why does wearing a saree (or some other formal wear if they prefer) turn into a discussion about the ( fast disappearing) Indian-ness of Indian women?
President of IIM-A Alumni Association, Ahmedabad chapter, believes ‘the sari is the best way of showing global companies that these are Indian women managers’.
But then, how do the rest of the Indian people show global companies that they are Indians?
Here’s a comment, amongst many others,
“The only way we can get today’s Indian girls to wear sari is to have the Americans wear them and have the Indians copy it.”
Sari makes a comeback in placement interviews at IIM-Ahmedabad
The sari disappeared from placement interviews some years ago as more women students started wearing business suits, considering the convenience factor. They also wanted to present a more global image. Mathur asked the placement committee to recognise sari as formalwear and got the nod…
Professor Kirti Sharda, chairperson of the placements committee said, “We ask students to come in business formals for interviews. What they consider formal is up to them.”
The sari shift has come at a time when women form 17% of the students this year, compared to 11% last year. Nayan Parikh, president of IIM-A Alumni Association, Ahmedabad chapter, believes the sari is the best way of showing global companies that these are Indian women managers.[Read the article here.]
What exactly are Indian women typically supposed be like and why is it so important that they do not change? (And any change is seen as becoming westernised, which is seen as negative.)