Discrimination against women is not something new. It has existed since the inception of Human life. In India ‘feminists’ are generally anti-Hindu, in spite of the fact that our religion predominantly speaks up for the empowerment of women. Equal rights for women are endorsed by many other activists, but practiced by a few. Yekaterina Lisina, the tallest female basketball player of all time, was deeply influenced by the Hindu Goddesses & the concept of respecting & worshiping women in India.

Yekaterina Lisina (born October 15, 1987) is a Russian basketball player who competed for the Russian national team at the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics, winning the bronze medal. Lisina stands 2.05 m tall (6 ft. 9 in). She is the tallest female basketball player till date. She ended her professional basketball career in 2014.

Yekaterina is a staunch feminist and has always been against the patriarchal system that exists in the society. Lisina realised that Abrahamic religions like Islam & Christianity do not have the concept of worshipping a female goddess & hence they are absolutely patriarchal in their philosophy & culture.

Yekaterina was always in search of better alternatives. She had been to India & visited a Hindu temple. She was highly influenced & its philosophy of worshipping goddesses. She became an ardent devotee of Goddess Lakshmi & started visiting Hindu temples regularly. She has stopped eating meat since then & even practices meditation every day. After adopting Hinduism, she now leads a much happier life.

Yekaterina’s adoption to the philosophy of Hindutva is an answer to all the anti-Hindu groups. Many other celebrities from foreign countries had previously adopted Hinduism due to its peace loving culture. Even the Honourable Supreme Court had given a verdict describing Hinduism “as a way of life.” All the critics need to introspect before making absurd comments against our religion. Our philosophy has been simple –‘live and let live.’

Alok Shetty