Indian Fathers in Transition; Visionary Father Vs Father in Reality

Wednesday, July 16, 2014: 10:50 AM
Room: 315
Oral Presentation
Subir Kumar BARDHAN ROY , Centre for Strategic Studies, India
Maitreyee BARDHAN ROY , Calcutta University, India

The concept Father was totally different in Indian tradition. He had been explained as a figure staying much above  the normal  family surrounding .He was  expected to be a person concerned with food and shelter of the  family members  and not as a person within  the inner circle of a parent child family. Post Globalization families  made a drastic change in father  image. In the nuclear   bread winner parent  families  ,he is expected to be more practical .The role model of a father figure existing in him  has been challenged . His outer image to a care taker has been converted into a co-partner and care taker of the children born  to a  nuclear working mothers families  . Considering this significant shift  in the role of the father from a father from care taker  to  Care  giver ,   a role conflict arises in himself . In Indian middle class families, especially to the transitional period  ( link years of Pre and the Post Globalization era) puts him to a dilemma .From a visionary father he prefers to convert himself  to a loving   father but is obstructed by his  traditional fatherly ego inherent in him . The present paper tries to observe  the inner   conflict of  an Indian father about his own status in the family  and his visionary status . The empirical evidences collected for the purpose  involved two generation fathers  belonging  to both the  pre-globalization  and the post globalization era  with an intention to  explore  the ratio of  acceptance of caregiver role  among both   the transitional  fathers and the post globalization  fathers  .How far they are able to overcome the  concept  in reality .

 The study concentrates on  two contradictory   fatherhood  image present in a  Indian male 1. Father as a visionary figure and 2 father in reality.