Keeping in view the story "Girls" (by Mrinal Pande), comment on the social setup of Indian society.

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Pande's exploration of women in her story helps to bring light to the fact that in many parts of rural India, women are still viewed as being secondary to men.  The fact that the protagonist lacks an exact or direct name helps to illuminate this.  What better way to reflect social dehumanization in not having a name for the protagonist of the story?  Pande is making the point that women are treated through cultural interpretations of tradition as being secondary to men.  She is also making the point that in order for this to stop, women have to appropriate this condition and act in resistance to it.  This is easier said than done because it flies in the face of thousands of years' teaching, but Pande seems to be arguing that if women in India wish to see change, they cannot rest on men to deliver it.  They must be the agents of the world they seek and in raising awareness to the condition of being a "woman," Pande might be striving to strike a chord with all women.  In a culture or nation where modernization and globalization is impacting many parts, perhaps this idea strikes a resonant note.  The comment here might be that in order for India to truly be considered "advanced," it must adopt the ways of an advanced society, an enlightened one, where all of its inhabitants- rural and urban- understand that no society can effectively progress if one half of its population is seen as second class citizens.