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What’s there in a selfie? Taking on the dyed-in –the-wool misogyny in Haryana.
Using an otherwise innocuous event to reach a goal, the greater good for the majority, if you will, has on several occasions proven to be a very potent tool. Puts one in mind of how a great leader like Mao had made a virtue of the Long March for mass literacy by putting pictorially illustrated alphabets on everyone’s back, or nearer home, our own Gandhiji’s Salt March for Satyagraha.
It’s thought to be an avante-garde approach by the gram panchayat in Jind in Haryana to take the bull by the horns to face down the challenge of deep-rooted misogyny prevalent in Haryana by way of Khap Panchayat & what have you. The village Panchayat of Bibipur village in Jind is trying to make a diference in a bleak scenario of entrenched anti-women attitude by breaking the mold in an imaginative way to give its betis (daughters) their due & bring the urgent issue of misogyny from a position that was kicked into the long grass since eternity to the front burner.
To quote the sarpanch Mr Sunil Jaglan, ‘When we visit people’s houses in Haryana, we find very few pictures of girls there’, shining the light on the fact that our daughters never get the due prominence they deserve in our families vis-à-vis our sons, more is the pity. This results in a gender-based lop-sided development in our children where girls by default get the short end of the stick. With a view to correcting this skew, the panchayat thought of an one of a kind contest for the ‘best selfie with daughters’ with a trophy, a certificate & cash prize of Rs 2100/- into the bargain. The Panchayat thought of harnessing the recent fad ofclicking selfies among people, extensive reach of the mobile technology of late, along with a very popular user-friendly application software, to wit WhatsApp, to this end. It has asked parents to send their ‘selfies with daughters’ to the village sarpanch on WhatsApp by June 17. The contest has already caught on in that 100 entries have already been received since the it was announced three days ago.
The recent data on gender distribution compels us to take a very dim view of the status of women in Haryana which is among the bottom five states in India in terms of sex ratio. In 2014, the sex ratio at birth was 871, a barely marginal uptick from 868 in 2013, with some eight districts actually registering a counter-intuitive decline from 2013 to 2014 - Mahendragarh being the worst at 745. As bad as it is, 12 of the total 21 districts in Haryana are among the worst 100 in the country.
Bibipur gram panchayat has earlier blazed the trail by breaking fresh grounds on several occasions. The first women-driven khap panchayat was held here in 2012 with a path-breaking coda –those indulging in female foeticide should be charged with murder, a bold stroke by any yardstick. The name Bibipur at the entrance of the village says it all – The women’s World; the village has a Lado Marg, Lado Sarovar & Kalpana Chawla Anganwadi to boot, as a mark of respect to girls. In another sui generis initiative, the gram panchayat had earlier set the ball rolling in tracking pregnant mothers that has already started bearing fruit – the number of boys & girls in this torch bearer of a village is now almost equal – a feat to be emulated! It’s about time the rest of India took a leaf out of Bibipur to achieve the difficult goal of an egalitarian society based on equality of genders to give birth to the ‘new man’ (a man who rejects sexist attitudes and the traditional male role, especially in the context of domestic responsibilities and childcare), in every sense of the word. We may as well consider the glass as half full looking through rose-tinted glasses. Am I optimistic? And how!
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2014 - IS MY YEAR - AND YOURS...?

"Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year."
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Throw away the whitening creams and bleach, the dusky Indian complexion in fact keeps us safe from cancer say doctors

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