By SANDY BHANDAHARUPALABHA and KAREN STEVENSTEIN”If you’re a woman in India, you can’t even get a degree in a public university.
The only way to get a qualification is to go into the government job or go to work for the government.”
This is the message Ms Kumar is trying to get across to young men across the country.
In his book, titled ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’, Mr Kumar argues that the ‘untouchability’ of women and the need to ensure women do not take any ‘unnecessary’ risks is a huge obstacle for women to achieve higher positions in India.
The idea that it is the woman who has to sacrifice herself in order to attain success is not acceptable, he says.
“Women should be given a chance to pursue higher education.
Why do they have to sacrifice their career and their livelihoods in order for women?”
According to Mr Kumar, India is one of the worst countries in the world for women’s advancement.
He is also an advocate for women in the workplace and says that they should be granted a minimum wage and equal rights in the workforce.
He has launched a campaign to raise awareness on the issue and in April 2017, a campaign titled ‘Kumar Ki Jyoti Hai’ was launched with a tagline of ‘If a woman works hard, she will earn more than a man’.
He is also a strong supporter of women’s right to choose their career.
“I don’t think it is right that women have to choose between having a career and having children.
I don’t want to have children.
But I also don’t see why it is a problem for a woman to have a career.
There should be a system in place to ensure that the female is not trapped in her job, and that the husband is also not trapped,” he said.
He said that the government should take a holistic view and provide all possible support for the women’s employment.
“We should have a system of incentives that allow the woman to earn enough to provide her children with a comfortable life.
The government should also create incentives for the men to take up a career as well,” he added.
The woman who works in the public sector is not just the one with a lot of responsibility, he added, but also has to take on the responsibilities of the family.
“The government should provide a job to the woman in the family that is a better job than the job the woman can do in the private sector,” he says, adding that the job should not be for the woman.
The idea that a woman should sacrifice herself to achieve success is unacceptable, he argues, but the government is making it a reality by giving a lot more opportunities for women.
Mr Kumar said that India’s women should be provided opportunities in the labour market and a lot should be done to make the public employment a career-oriented one.
“We have to be very careful in the future.
The time has come when we should start asking whether we should give women more opportunities in a career or not,” he adds.
The author is an associate editor with The Hindu.