‘Citizenship’ rules unfairly for women

Dimapur, March 12 (MExN): The Eastern Theological College, Jorhat on March 8 celebrated International Women’s Day with the College administration declaring holiday for the day to mark the Occasion.
A press note received here informed that a seminar was organized by Women’s Study Centre ETC. An academic paper was presented by Dr. L. Imsutoshi Jamir, Professor in the department of Communication and Media Studies on the theme, “Morality of inter-subjectivity: Toward Inclusive Tribal Community”.
Jamir stated that one of the most compelling yet problematic aspects of just and democratic participation by all in the church and society is the concept of citizenship itself. In this context Jamir argued that for centuries, the tribal women’s citizenship is being constructed and bracketed as the ‘other’. And that woman was excluded as co-makers of history and culture and continues to be unrelenting conspiracy and obstruction in creating inclusive community in our tribal societies. Further, the resource person argued that the space for just and democratic participation has been seized right under the democracy’s nose by the authority of inherited tradition. He said, “... today leadership in the church and society belongs to those who advocate traditions. And it is men, the privileged gender that has strengthened its traditional kingdom raising the unjust participation and increasingly exercising hegemony”.
 In his discussion on our inherited traditions,  Jamir was very critical when he said, ‘our tribal society is very much conditioned by ...such as, “the myth of isolated mind”,” by the whole of all phenomena and not by the whole of all human beings” which rather reinforces ‘formal procedure of justice’. He challenged the august house that our inherited traditions, be it norm, values or practices, is valid and can claim to be valid only if all the affected members can accept the consequences in their capacity as participants in the given community” and this is what inter-subjectivity as new morality attempts to address,” he underlined.  He concluded his presentation by saying that living in the postmodern context, where there is unprecedented uprising everywhere, self determinism, instance communication, and the whole world becoming global village, if a section of people (women) remain discontented due to unjust structure and inherited traditions, our testimony about the “Liberative Gospel for All” will remain unfulfilled.
The moderator of the seminar was Professor Dr. Narola Imchen, Dean, Women Study Centre, Eastern Theological College and the initial response to the paper by Dr. Lovely Sema, Lecturer, Department of Theology followed by discussion and concluded the whole day celebration with a prayer by Vimeno Lasetso, Lecturer in the Department of History of Christianity.

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