Address by Honourable Vice President of India Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu, on the occasion of release of the book titled Sthaniya Swashasan me Aadhi Aabadi authored by Dr. Sadhana Pandey, in New Delhi on January 25, 2018.

New Delhi | January 25, 2018

I extend my hearty congrats to Dr. Sadhana Pandey and Shri Jatin Bhardwaj of Harsh Publications for publishing of exclusive treatise on social science.

The title of the book depicts a truth. The truth is this that even in today's modern world, we are either ignoring the role of the women or making a mistake somewhere in recognizing their significance.

This is beyond doubt that the place of women in India has been at high pedestal since the ancient times:-

"yatr naaryastu poojyante, ramante tatr devta:"

This has been the thinking of our country. One form of Almighty is Ardhanaareshwara. Which means that half and inalienable part of the cosmos is woman. But the ages of slavery caused a decline in the liberal Indian culture and weakened our thought process.

All this is because of lack of education. But the atmosphere is changing now. Times are changing now.

The book by Sadhanaji is a mirror. This book illustrates the social awareness and political participation amongst the rural women.

Author has been successful to a large extent in depicting the changing dimensions for the women in present times and imminent hurdles in future.

Progress of any country is determined by the progress of its citizens and this progress or development should have the participation of women also.

The author has done a commendable blending of psychology, economics, statistics, philosophy and anthropology along with sociology in this book. It shall attract the readers having varied interests.

The author presents the issues and the significance of an infinitely important half of the society in this book and guides the way for taking required steps.

In my view, this book is a medium to have the deeper understanding of the contribution of women. This book is best means to gain insight into the ideal and non-discriminatory form of democracy.

This treatise shall definitely prove to be the pride of mother India. I hope this kind of path-showing books shall be written and published in future also.

I again congratulate Dr. Sadhana Pandeyji.