Analysing Ek Chutki Sindoor Ki Kimat

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Analysing Ek Chutki Sindoor Ki Kimat

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

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oor Anushka Sharma. When she OD’d on sindoor at her wedding reception, she had no idea that instead of receiving praise for her traditional Sabyasachi-curated wedding look she would be inviting the wrath of the anti-sindoor feminist brigade. Many women had their khadi kurtas and leather hot pants in a twist because apparently wearing sindoor is a regressive practice that is imposed on women to ensure male longevity and female fertility, and add a dramatic flourish to Sanjay Leela Bhansali movies.  

To sindoor or not to sindoor, is just one of the big questions in the lives of married women today. There are just as many supporters of the symbols of marriage as there are detractors, but the one that most people love to hate is the sindoor. It’s been vilified as a sign of patriarchy. We rarely have such intense feelings about toe rings and mangalsutras.

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