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Discuss how does Girls by Pande reflects Indian Society. 

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honeybunny27 | Student, Grade 10 | Honors

Posted June 30, 2013 at 4:02 PM via web

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Discuss how does Girls by Pande reflects Indian Society. 

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 1, 2013 at 1:31 AM (Answer #1)

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Pande's work reflects much about how Indian society views women.  The idea that the narrator is unnamed is significant.  Pande believes that Indian society does not validate the voice of women in so many contexts.  The narrator who is unnamed helps to reflect this reality, a condition in which Indian women are silenced by the world around them.  They speak without being heard, experience life without being validated.  The narrator reflects this condition.  

Another aspect of the book that is reflected in Indian society is how girls are shown to be a problem.  The narrator's mother continually references how girls are a bother and something to be overcome.  This mentality reflects how such a perception is evident in Indian society.  The infantile health condition of many girls is something the is alarmingly ignored, and a state that reflects how female children are discredited and viewed in a negative light in many sectors of Indian society:

Around 70.6% women in the state including adolescent girls are anaemic. If this problem is tackled then we can also check maternal mortality. At times, we have also seen that the need for treatment in case of a girl child is ignored. This kind of discrimination should come to an end and for it to take place a change in the mental makeup of the parents is the need of the hour. This in turn will ensure equal rights to girls.

The mortality condition in which girls are discredited, looked as more of a headache than a source of joy, is a part of this being that the work reflects.  In examining this state  of being in Indian society, Pande's work reflects specific aspects of Indian social gender constructions.

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