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Baripada township showcased feminism power with the pulling of the chariot only by women.

Baripada: 16/7/18;Carrying forward its 33-year-old tradition, the Rath Yatra in Odisha’s Baripada township today showcased feminism power with the pulling of the chariot of Lord Jagannath’s sister Subhadra only by women.

The chariot of Devi Subhadra is being pulled every year by women, symbolizing the empowerment of fair sex. The unique tradition dates back to 1975 when coincidentally Indira Gandhi donned the prime minister’s mantle and Nandini Satapathy was ruling Odisha as State’s first woman chief minister.Baripada women are privileged as they have been endowed with exclusive right to pull Devi Subhadra’s rath. The Jagannath shrines in other parts should take a cue from Baripada to follow this tradition, said a woman devotee, Shradhanjali Jena.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.
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