Posted by Rita Banerji on February 11, 2013
Posted by Rita Banerji on February 10, 2013
That photo is probably the Indian (or Asian) concept of parenting! And it is time for us to majorly rethink it!!
In less than a year, there is yet another diplomatic battle brewing between India and Norway on yet another child abuse case. What India calls “culture appropriate” parenting, is regarded as abuse and violation of a child’s human rights in Norway and in most other western countries.
In the last case, Norway submitted to the bullying by the Indian government, egged on by the Indian public, and allowed the children back to India. This time they are not taking any chances. The two parents in question have been jailed in Norway! Norway didn’t quite like the burn marks on the 7-year-old boy’s legs, and probably didn’t buy the parents explanations that he had bumped his legs against a cooking stove. They also didn’t like their threatening to do other things like burn his tongue and send him back alone to India. The family of the jailed couple thinks otherwise. They say, “How can the court pronounce its judgment based on the complaint of a seven-year-old boy without even taking into account our arguments based on Indian culture and values?”
They are not alone. It is how India views parenting. A child is the property of a parent. Is it for anyone to say, what a person is to do with their property?
You can beat, burn, sell, destroy your property – and I’m talking about children here, (more…)
Posted by Rita Banerji on December 7, 2012
When I was a child growing up in India, we were forced to write essays on the Monsoons in school. More than 70% of India is agricultural and much of our agriculture is dependent on the monsoons. Hence the Monsoon season in our school texts was often referred to as the King of Seasons! Our teacher wanted us to write poetic essays, glorifying the beauty and grace of the monsoons. My essays were generally about streets waterlogged with dirty brown water in which snakes and other vile things swam, which bred mosquitoes and kept me house bound. The best part of my essays would be about the hot tea and potato pakoras that my mother would fry. “Is this an essay about food?” my teacher would demand to know of me. Why couldn’t I write pretty essays about the Monsoon?
Well, I went out with my camera and thought I’ll try a photo essay on the Monsoon — for once, a pretty one
Posted by Rita Banerji on October 15, 2012
Who looks like the boss here: the blue turbaned man or the woman?
Let me state clearly what this article is about. It is my protest as a citizen of India, against a certain person – Sonia Gandhi, who in my opinion, has completely destroyed the democratic process of what otherwise was a crude and unruly democracy.
Don’t get me wrong on this. I voted for Sonia Gandhi in that election which brought the Congress back into power. In fact it didn’t matter to me that she was born and raised in Italy. It didn’t matter to me that Sonia Gandhi who has been married to the son of India’s Prime Minister since 1967, lived in the country for 15 years, had two children, but never wanted to even take Indian citizenship. And that she got (more…)
Posted by Rita Banerji on September 11, 2012