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Taking on the taboos

Harshal Pandve

DOI: 10.20529/IJME.2007.036


During the last decade of the nineteenth century, Indian society was in the grip of a religious orthodoxy that had oppressed women for centuries. A few enlightened people such as Raghunath Karve dreamt of liberating women from the clutches of this orthodoxy. Dhyasparva is a film about the life of Karve, the pioneer of birth control in India. Right from childhood, Karve questioned religious customs and taboos and tried to find scientific and logical answers. He grew up amidst social reformers, including his father Dhondo Karve. Together, they sought to change the miserable social condition of women.

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