Women in India….

In the last 48 hours, I have come across various articles related to women in India that got me thinking.

First I came across this article on BBC website India\’s unwanted girls.  In today’s day and age, female fetuses are still being aborted – simply because they are female.  Seriously?? This report was based on India’s booming capital Delhi, where now there 914 girls for every 1000 boys under the age of 7 (In 1961, it was 976 girls!!)

Very same day, I read another article on Times of India website where CBSE Results have been declared and its a girl who has topped the exams in Delhi! Girls raced passed boys 13th year in a row 🙂 … again another article for CISCE exam results where the girls outshone the boys and 2 of the 3 toppers are female! Hmmm …. Then comes another article for Results ICSE exams where  not a single girls has failed in Karnataka whereas the boys didn’t do that well.

So then you might say … ok … just because girls outshine boys doesn’t mean that they do well in life!  Seriously???

Remember Indira Gandhi? She was one of the first female Prime Ministers in 1966 and one of the 1st woman to lead a democracy!  India today is literally ruled by the Women 🙂 … think about it … Pratibha Patil (India’s 1st female President). Sonia Gandhi – chief of the ruling Congress Party. Mayavati rules Uttar Pradesh (India’s most populous state – not to mention she is female AND a Dalit (untouchable)). Mamata Banerjee overthrew the 30-year-old Communist government and took charge of the state of Bengal.  Jayalalitha won in the South, and of course – a female CM- Sheila Dixit in Delhi! Look beyond India … Indra K Nooyi – CEO Pepsi!

And despite all this, despite voting females into Political victories, giving the women the Power to change our lives, they kill female fetuses … thinking that she will never amount to anything … a burden to the family … will not carry the family name… etc etc.

OYE!! Wake up!!
I don’t mind if my life goes in the service of the nation. If I die today every drop of my blood will invigorate the nation. — said the night before she (Indira Gandhi) was assassinated, October 30, 1984.



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