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Monday, May 23, 2011

On When Girls Don't Stand a Chance of Making it Out of Their Nine-Month Abode

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"India's 2011 Census reveals a serious problem: a big decline in the number of girls younger than 7 years old, a sign that the practice of aborting female fetuses may be on the rise."

Half a cent's worth.

You see, while most of us may think this is unconscionable, if you come to think of it, it may very well be a blessing in disguise.

We all know that, culturally, India has an endemic problem with poverty and we all shake our heads in utter disgust when we see pictures on major TV channels, and we think they do this on purpose, when their "photo-journalists" point their cams to things we would rather do without. We also see images of million-rupee marriage cerimonies and islands of progress where people are multilingual and are bedecked in golden jewellery. Unfathomable.

Also, on this very subject, one Indian politician, commenting on this worrisome trend, is quoted as saying that in the future, if you don't stop the offing of girls, "there will be no girls to marry and we'll all become gays." All very well, we say. We live in a modern world, where even in Brazil, top courts are now recognizing same-sex relationships. I know most of you are in the U.S. and you are hopscotching through the issue of same-sex civil unions and all...

For most of you out there, it is the same discourse we hear in more conservative niches in our own societies where "ideologies" hold sway. We could make the case that education education education would turn-change the wheels of fate...

There's got to be a beginning somewhere.

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  1. Agreed...but here in America it seems that there is a group of conservative elements who see education as a threat...a threat to the power of the church and the power by greed from the wealthy and the corporations; an educated, voting public is disastrous to their agenda. That is why they keep cutting public education budgets and eventually they aim to do away with it altogether. An uneducated populace is a lot easier to govern.
    great post

  2. "An uneducated populace is a lot easier to govern." Agreed. Those who fear for their agendas are gaining ground. Perfect. It's a worldwide phonomenon.