Q. With reference to Vidhaata as mentioned in Rig Veda, consider the following statements:
1.It was an assembly of people for debating policy and military matters
.2.Both women and men took part in the deliberations of Vidhaata.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

[A] 1 only

[B] 2 only

[C] Both 1 and 2

[D] Neither 1 nor 2

Answer: C
Notes:

Both statements are correct.

  • The “vidhaata”, or the assembly of people for debating policy, military matters and important issues impacting all, has been mentioned more than a hundred times in the Rig Veda. Both women and men took part in these deliberations, a far cry from the Greeks who did not admit women (or slaves) as full citizens of their “democracies”.

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