While it has still not been completely assimilated into feminism, given its gender imbalanced roots, Karwa Chauth exists in tandem with the fight for equality today.
No doubt, most of these rituals are gendered. There is patriarchy at work. Like a hundred other things we are still protesting against and questioning, for conditioning women to owe their allegiance to. Some things change. Some things remain the same. Some things take their time to evolve.
If Karva Chauth is gendered, rather than eliminating it, it can be changed by involving supportive participation of both the genders. If Karva Chauth is a symbol of love, it is for both men and women.
Bollywood never fails to incorporate our values, traditions and also festivals in the movies. And so, like every other festival, Karva Chauth too has an important place in Bollywood, where love is given a unique definition.
Is Satya Paul trying to tell women that they are incomplete unless they embrace traditions, no matter if they don’t identify with them?