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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2019.8(4): 63-68
DOI: https://doi.org/10.20546/ijcmas.2019.804.008


Role of Indian Women in Conservation of Biodiversity
Ishan Saini1*, Prashant Kaushik2 and Babu Lal Saini1
1Department of Botany, Kurukshetra University Kurukshetra, Kurukshetra 136119, India
2Instituto de Conservación y Mejora de la Agrodiversidad Valenciana, Universitat Politècnica de València, 46022 Valencia, Spain
*Corresponding author
Abstract:

India is a country of rich cultural heritage. In India, there are several festivals which convey some message for the importance of nature and natural objects. Indian women who are considered as custodian of household activities as well as play a significant role in celebrating the various festivals. Most of these activities are devoted to highlighting the importance of celestial bodies and wildlife conservation. Indian woman place Ocimum sanctum (Tulsi) plant in the courtyard of their house and daily water and worship it. This is a symbolic representation of caring and devotion towards plants. Not only this, Indian woman tie a cotton thread on the trunk of Ficus religiosa (Peepal) tree and worship it. This practice highlight the importance of F. religiosa as this tree not only releases plenty of Oxygen but also supports a number of birds and other insects by way of providing food and shelter. Besides it, this tree has a thick canopy and provides shade and a place of rest under it to numbers of other wildlife creatures. When an Indian woman prepares a meal for her family she, first of all, cooks one or two chapattis (bread) for stray dogs and cows showing her love to biodiversity. Indian woman does offer grains to birds and flour to ants daily. In India, a woman cares their elders and offer clothes and other gifts to their in-laws and another needy person on the occasion of festivals like Deepawali, Holi, Makarskranti, etc. In India, a woman takes the utmost step of sacrificing her life for the conservation of biodiversity. In the year 1730 AD 363 Bishnois of Khejarli village lost their lives at the hands of soldiers of the princely state of Jodhpur (Rajasthan) as the Bishnois protested cutting of Prosopis cineraria tree by the soldiers (Who came to Khejarli to collect wood as ordered by the king of Jodhpur). Bishnois protested and start clinging to trees to save them and the soldiers started killing the Bishnois and the first one to sacrifice her life was a woman named Amrita Devi.


Keywords: Indian women, Biodiversity, Ficus religiosa, Bishnois, Sacrifice
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Ishan Saini, Prashant Kaushik and Babu Lal Saini. 2019. Role of Indian Women in Conservation of Biodiversity.Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 8(4): 63-68. doi: https://doi.org/10.20546/ijcmas.2019.804.008