Dear God, Please Give Me A Son
Sounds familiar? I thought so. Why are we Indians so obsessed with a male offspring? I mean, this is the land which considers Parvati equal to Parameshwar, is it not? The same land that is supposed to revere women as goddesses? I’m not asking anybody to treat us ladies as goddesses, but at the very least, try to treat us as fellow human beings who have the right to live as we choose.
Even in this day and age and in a so-called egalitarian society, many of us are extremely eager to know the sex of the unborn child and terminate the pregnancy if it turns out to be a girl. And then we shamelessly holler “Bharat mata ki jai” on every Independence Day and Republic Day. What a sad irony! First we kill off our daughters and then we hail Mother India. If this isn’t hypocrisy, I don’t know what is.
We gals have proved time and again that we are as good as, and in some cases, better than the men in all walks of life. Every year, there is a higher pass percentage among girls than boys in Board examinations. We are flying high, sailing the high seas, managing big businesses and on top of all this, managing the home with efficiency and aplomb.
So why then are so many people in the EDUCATED class still praying for a son? In case you didn’t notice folks, the Middle Ages are long gone. This is the age of enlightened people. And those of you who are enlightened will treat your sons and daughters equally and provide them both with the same facilities and opportunities.
Just give her a pat on the back and prepare to be surprised by the heights your daughter can reach. Just sit back, relax and enjoy the ride.
And for those of you who refuse to be enlightened and remain stuck in the rut, well, I feel sorry for you. You’re missing out on something great and you have nobody to blame but yourself. Who knows, but the female fetus you just decided to do away with might have been the next Sunita Williams. But you would never know, would you?