In­dian Women and Elec­tions

Southasia - - Editor's mail -

The re­cent state elec­tions and the huge and suc­cess­ful par­tic­i­pa­tion of fe­male politi­cians across In­dia is com­mend­able. These strong and fierce fe­male politi­cians are a ray of hope for the In­dian women and more so for the mil­lions of un­born baby girls who are aborted in the coun­try on a mas­sive scale. In­dia's 2011 cen­sus shows a se­ri­ous de­cline in the num­ber of girls un­der the age of seven - ac­tivists fear eight mil­lion fe­male fe­tuses may have been aborted in the past decade. So while In­dia gears for a po­lit­i­cal re­align­ment through its new crop of fe­male lead­ers, let us all hope that they also look into the so­cial degra­da­tion that women have had to suf­fer at the hands of the pa­tri­ar­chal In­dian so­ci­ety.

Be­sides nur­tur­ing and fight­ing for their na­tional am­bi­tion to suc­ceed and rule, it is high time that fe­male politi­cians also re­al­ize the fact that the gen­eral pub­lic, the com­mon man, votes ev­ery time in the hope that their elected lead­ers will bring about the much-needed change in so­ci­ety and work to­wards their so­cial up­lift. It is time to see that their dreams are re­alised.

Rao Khalid, Pe­shawar, Pak­istan

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