His parameters for equality went beyond general social equality. He was deeply concerned with gender equality. In those days of rigid rules, he trained thousands of women in scriptural knowledge. Not only did he give them opportunities, he also elevated them to a worshipable level. The daughter of an Islamic sultan who lost her life due to pangs of separation from the deity, was given the status of a Goddess. In Melkote, she is worshipped as Bibi Nachiyar, even today. It is not the religion or the caste that makes a person great, but the devotion, dedication and commitment. This incident proves Ra:ma:nuja:cha:rya’s belief in communal equality too.
Inspiring Greater Compassion
The Statue of Equality is more than a monument. It’s a symbol. A movement. A rallying cry. For people all over the world to come together in pursuit of a fairer, more compassionate place to live.