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I read with a heavy heart the article
on Dr Sambhu Banik’s speech (India
has Killed Millions of Female
Children, India Abroad, January
Perhaps the most brutal and
destructive signs of gender inequalities that continue to exist in modern
day India is the intentional murder of
girl babies, female infanticide.
It is hard to believe that a country
that has boasted a female President, a
female prime minister, 14 female
chief ministers and a female speaker
of the House is the same country that
the United Nations recognizes as the
most dangerous place in the world to
be a girl.
Over one million female babies are
killed annually in villages and elsewhere.
Unlike sons, daughters command the expense and burden
of a dowry. Although outlawed in 1961, dowries remain a
cultural tradition practiced by all socio-economic classes.
The 2011 Human Development Report ranks India 129
out of 146 countries on the Gender Inequality Index, below
Bangladesh and Pakistan. Afghanistan is the only country
ranked below India in the South Asian region.
Dr Banik highlights the harsh reality of India’s gender
inequalities, starting with simply being born a female. India
is rapidly emerging into the global economy, modernizing at
an incredible pace and is a force to be reckoned with, but
aspects in its treatment of its female population remain an
impediment to its evolution and path to becoming a world
class leader of the 21st century.
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of democracy in the Congress party.
The editorial team of India Abroad
appears to have a hidden agenda in its
regular baseless and distorted Modi-bashing.
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Udayshanker Kasinadhuni’s letter,
(India Abroad, February 8) in which he
declares that documentary evidence of
British atrocities in India does not exist,
is incorrect. There is plenty of it, much
of it documented by the British themselves.
Some of it was presented in a recent
book ( The Lotus Revolution) by Parag
Tope, a descendent of Tatya Tope, who
lives in the US.
Although winners do write history it is
not necessary that losers should abstain
from bringing the truth to light. Only if
that is done will readers have a chance
to judge the facts for themselves.
‘Victors will write history’ is about as
satisfactory an answer as the argument
that ‘boys will be boys’ when faced with
atrocities against women.
Outside the metro, the many roads do
not appear as wide as they are because
of the number of vehicles, the people
walking on the road and vendors lining
the sidewalks. Drivers as well as pedestrians ignore traffic rules.
People should learn at home the values of living a clean life of discipline,
punctuality and law-abiding behavior.
Many make fun of those who extol these
values. There is still a lack of punctuality in our culture.
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I have come to realize that India
Abroad and its editorial board are interested in publishing letters from some of
your favorite people even though they
write nonsense. Also, you are scared of
criticizing certain people or issues.
Yours is not the only Indian paper in
this country. There are other papers
where one can send letters. So, I have
decided to not renew my subscription of
Do not think people are fools to send
you letters by wasting their valuable
time and you insult readers by ignoring
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A need for values
I went to Delhi after eight years. The
Delhi I grew up in has had many devel-
opments — a big one being the Delhi
Metro. It is clean, punctual, time-sav-
ing, low on pollution, provides good
services and is not expensive. It is
expanding to more areas and more peo-
ple stand to benefit. The people also
cooperate to keep the metro and plat-
A waste of time
It is sad that real governing decisions
behind the scene in India are made by
unelected people like Sonia Gandhi and
manipulated by people like her political
secretary Ahmed Patel (India Abroad,
In a developed country like the United
States, people naturally disdain unelected officials. The interview with Ahmed
Patel is a waste of time and space as his
comments are typical of a political sycophant.
On one hand, he is all praise for Rahul
Gandhi, who has nothing to show for
governance/leadership record or patriotism, while on the other hand he says
Narendra Modi is all gimmicks.
It is foolish to think Ahmed Patel has
any handle on the public. That is why he
The Gandhi family is a powerful squid
choking the neck of India and any hope
India Abroad responds: We take in
diverse views as long as they are not
petty, do not call for violence and can
spur intelligent debate. We regret your
decision to stop reading India Abroad,
but we would like to respectfully point
out that we have published several of
your letters over the years.
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