Prabhupada said, “But one thing I can say, generally. There was a great politician, Canakya Pandita, under whose name in New Delhi there is a quarter called Canakya Puri. All the foreign embassies are situated there. He said, visvaso naiva kartavyam strisu raja-kulesu ca: ‘Never trust a woman and a politician.’ That is his remark, of course, I do not say anything.” – Press conference, 9 July 1975, Chicago
Reporter (3): Where… Do women fit into this social structure? You keep referring to man.
Prabhupada: Woman is not equally intelligent as a man.
Reporter (3): Equal in intelligence?
Prabhupada: Not equal intelligence. In the psychology, practical psychology, they have found that the man’s brain has been found up to sixty-four ounce, woman… Sixty-four ounce, man’s brain. And woman’s brain has been found, thirty-six ounce. So therefore woman is not equally intelligent like man.
Reporter (3): So where does she fit?
Prabhupada: You will find in practical psychology.
Prabhupada: Practical psychology.
Brahmananda: She’s asking where does woman fit into this structure?
Prabhupada: Now, woman is supposed to be assistant of man. If woman is faithful wife of the first-class man, then she also becomes first-class. If she is assistant of the second-class man then he is also second-class. If she is assistant of the third-class man, then she is also third-class. Because she is assistant, so, according to her husband, or protector, she becomes first, second, third, fourth.
Reporter (3): But she doesn’t have any structure at all until marriage?
Prabhupada: No, she has got structure—she has got brain. I have already told. But not as good as man’s brain.
Reporter (3): You means she’s not qualified as first, second, or third-class until she marries?
Prabhupada: Yes. Woman requires to be protected—in childhood by the father, in youthhood by the husband, and in old age by the elderly sons.
Reporter (2): What is your feeling in regard to Mrs. Gandhi’s actions in India at the present time, particularly in relation to what you’re saying about women? Is what’s happening there because she has a thirty-six ounce brain and is incapable of ruling?
Prabhupada: Well, what is scientific proof, that is equally applicable to Mrs. Gandhi or to any ordinary woman.
Reporter: Is she having problems because she is a woman, though? If a man were in her position…
Prabhupada: Why you are trying to put me in the emergency law?
Reporter (2): In the what?
Devotee: In the emergency rule.
Reporter (2): Did you say emergency room or emergency law?
Brahmananda: Emergency rule that is going on in India.
Jayatirtha: He will be arrested if he says like that.
Reporter (2): Oh.
Prabhupada: But one thing I can say, generally. There was a great politician, Canakya Pandita, under whose name in New Delhi there is a quarter called Canakya Puri. All the foreign embassies are situated there. He said, visvaso naiva kartavyam strisu raja-kulesu ca: “Never trust a woman and a politician.” That is his remark, of course, I do not say anything.
Reporter (3): Are these books all… Have you written all of these books or are they by other philosophers of…
Prabhupada: Yes, I have written all these books.
Reporter (3): Who has published them?
Prabhupāda: We have got our own publishing house, Bhaktivedanta Trust. But we are selling our books very nice.
Reporter (3): Is that part of your income, to run a…
Prabhupada: Oh, yes, that is our only income, by selling books.
Reporter (2): You commented that, you gave the words “Never trust,” if I understood you right, “never trust an old man and a politician?”
Jayatīrtha: A woman or a politician.
Prabhupada: That is Caṇakya Paṇḍita’s remark.