A paradox called “girl”

Do you know what this means?”, she said in a desperate tone. Her husband looked down with distraught eyes, as if to mourn. He knew the challenges that lay ahead. All his thoughts were now filled with dread. To bring up a girl child in this world, To protect her…

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Is the #SelfieWithDaughter campaign of the Indian PM a success?

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to social media this past weekend to draw attention to his administration’s efforts to decrease female infanticide in India, posting the following on his Twitter feed:   I urge all of you, share a #SelfieWithDaughter. Also share a tagline that will encourage ‘Beti Bachao, Beti…

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The Letter

For months, perhaps even for years, I had been composing in my mind the letter I was going to write to my daughter before she left for college.  I wanted to fill it with wonderful memories and maternal wisdom, with practical advice and big doses of encouragement. I wanted to…

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