This time I should say "Hats off to you!" Point by point you have validated counter-arguments and they seem perfectly acceptable. Regarding women having high place in society in the Vedic era, I have also read in the story of Veda Vyasa that even his sister was inducted into wearing the sacred thread (Poonul) which goes to prove that women did enjoy equal rights in society. You do make your opponents defenseless with your well informed knowledge! "In face with my very little exposure to our religious scriptures, I should say that our culture was at its finest during the Vedic period." That is too much of a humility! With the number of examples you have quoted I am sure you must be well read in the scriptures too. The maturity with which you handle the feedbacks does show the extent of your knowledge. I just stand admiring you and the postings here with the ignorance of a child.