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In her speech, Indira Gandhi makes it clear that the struggle of women to be fully recognized is no different than any group seeking to have their voice validated. She is smart enough to understand that there will be a greater resonance in her message if she is able to link the struggle of women to a broader struggle of voice being acknowledged. Similar to the Indian independence movement, Gandhi is able to fully embrace this idea. She suggests that the need to acknowledge the woman's voice is reflective of a larger human struggle for validation:
To be liberated, woman must feel free to be herself, not in rivalry to man but in the context of her own capacity and her personality. We need women to be more interested, more alive and more active not because they are women but because they do comprise half the human race.
The need to be validated is something that Gandhi later asserts is "the quality of India itself." In this, she is clearly asserting that the struggle of women's liberation can be seen as part of a larger narrative, more human in scope. When she speaks of the "effort" to combat the problems facing human beings in the modern setting, Gandhi does so in terms that are more humanistic than feminist: "The effort has to be a universal one, conscious and concerted, considering no one too small to contribute. The effort must embrace all nationalities and all classes regardless of religion, caste or sex." In this, one can see the techniques of inclusion that enable her message to be more widely accepted. At the same time, such a technique prevents her from falling into the same linguistic trap as those who deny women's voice through exclusion.
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