The Name and its Meaning
The word ‘Manushi’ has many layers of meaning. It was coined for use as the name of this Journal by Madhu Kishwar from the Sanskrit word ‘manush’ or ‘manushya’, which means ‘human being’ as distinct from ‘purush’, which means ‘man’. The word ‘manushya’ is common to most Indian languages. The human race is referred to as ‘manushya jati’. ‘Manushyata’, another derivative, means humanity. The word Manushi at its simplest was coined to mean the humane as well as the feminine principle in humanity. The emphasis is on humanity, not manhood, because we feel “manhood” has too often been expressed through violence, warfare aggression and domination. Manushi is also close to the word manasi, which means ‘of the mind or intellect.’ In Bengali, when spelt as ‘Manoshi’, it means ‘dear to heart'.