I’d like to discuss more on my Mizoram experience. Like most of North-East India, Mizoram is also a matriarchal society. Personally, I also favor matriarchy over patriarchy. That’s coz matriarchy is based on love and patriarchy is based on force. And most of the times I favor love over force.
But, the problem with Mizoram seems to be the same – it’s a matriarchal society controlled by a patriarchal center. Moreover, matriarchy alone does not seem to create complete harmony in the society. Women too are attached to men through various relationships – as sons, brothers, spouses, friends, and in many other forms. And, often women too are forced to be ‘manipulative.’ Hence, women too are not always right.
Moreover, sometimes force is also necessary – although with a benevolent purpose. For example, as we see in the animal kingdom, often even mothers need to use force to save her babies from the predators.
So, for a complete harmony both in the individual and in the society, a right combination or fusion is necessary – both of love and force. Perhaps, that’s what Swami Ananda was also signalling by portraying himself as a ‘Ardha-Nariswar'(a harmonious combination of both the male & female elements) . And, I think the symbol of Ying-Yang also expresses the same combination. But, one must have a spiritual inclination to be able to use these ideas properly. And remember, when I say spiritual, I don’t mean religious.