Special Correspondent

In 2020 marriages would not be based on community

MADURAI: Women achievers from different fields came together to discuss what their identity would be in 2020 at a conference on ‘Women in 2020 – a vision' organised by the Madurai Zone of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) here on Monday.

Bharath K. S., Chairman, Aparajitha Corporate Services, who initiated the discussion, emphasised that success of an individual purely depended on skill and not gender. Uma T. Kannan, secretary, Thiagarajar College, said that in 2020 marriages would be more equal and would not be based on community or commerce. There would be flexible working hours for women, who should be recognised as ‘domestic engineers' and not homemakers.

Shobana Rajasekar, Head, Human Resources, Aparajitha Corporate Services, felt that stereotypes had been broken now, with women occupying the topmost position in many companies.

Rohini Sridhar, Chief Operating Officer, Apollo Speciality Hospitals, who referred to the practice of sex-selective abortion, wanted the society to look at the other side also. Nandini Rangaswamy, Vice-Chairperson, CII, Tamil Nadu, said that women must be in a position to sort out their problems in their own way. She cautioned that a sudden taste of freedom should not lead to misuse to an inappropriate level.

The Chairman of CII, Tamil Nadu, C. K. Ranganathan, said that women were subservient to men in the past in an era of physical dominance. The present, he said, signified the power of mind in which such subservience would not work.

Women should be determined to make a difference to succeed. A ‘Madurai heritage map' and a report on ‘My Madurai at 2020' were released on the occasion.

Aravind Srinivasan, the incoming Chairman of Madurai Zone, proposed a vote of thanks.