Friday, March 26, 2010

Here's to the Great State of Kerala

Punam Dwivedi's denounces a practice that "speaks of a whole system gone corrupt, a whole society involved in conspiracy against women, against destruction of half the population of society, at the hands of monstrous practices becoming more and more rampant in a society fast losing its secular, social, and humanistic fabric" — Women Denied Right to Be Born in India. She offers some statistics:
    It is pertinent to note that the figure shows the fall in the juvenile sex ratio is much higher in the economically developed States in India. There is steep fall in sex ratio in States like, Punjab, Haryana, Gujarat and Maharashtra, along with the Union territories of Delhi and Chandigarh. In Punjab there are only 874 females per 1,000 males. The situation in Haryana, Gujarat and Maharashtra is also similar - the females are 861, 921 and 922 respectively per 1,000 males. Kerala is the only State were females are 1,058 per 1,000 males.
Wikipedia's page on Kerala tells us that "56 percent of Kerala residents are Hindus, 24 percent are Muslims, 19 percent are Christians" and "[i]n comparison with the rest of India, Kerala experiences relatively little sectarianism." Importantly, "Christianity reached the shores of Kerala in 52 CE with the arrival of St Thomas, one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ."

We also learn that "Kerala's society is less patriarchal than the rest of the Third World" and that "[o]wing to the former matrilineal system, women in Kerala enjoy a high social status." The state's "human development indices— primary level education, health care and elimination of poverty—are among the best in India," partly attributed to "efforts begun in the late 19th century by the kingdoms of Cochin and Travancore to boost social welfare."

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Blogger love the girls said...

"Women Denied Right to Be Born in India"

If the title and beginning arguments are directed at the feminists, don't bother because they don't care. In fact they knowingly suppress similar information if they think will harm their 'right' to abortion.

If the argument is directed at the benighted who are killing the girls, don't bother because they likewise know what they are doing are glad for the gift from the feminist promethians.

If the arguments are directed at right to lifers, don't bother because killing girls is no worse than killing boys.

But if the arguments are directed at the average joe and joeanna, then I suppose it might have some value, but only because they have already been pushed down the slippery slope of gender equality, and after they have been pushed a bit further, it won't matter to them either.

Abortion is a effect, and attack the effect is rather like pointing out the dead canary, and unfortunately the arguments used likewise point out that the unseen cause of death is becoming more and more elusive to the modern eye.

9:38 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

You are right that "killing girls is no worse than killing boys." Morally, at least. It is worse demographically.

Sadly, those are types of arguments needed to convince some people. Korea's pro-life movement is just taking off, and it seems fueled more by nationalism and alarm at the low birth rate than by concern for the unborn.

However, it was started by ob-gyns wanting to clean up their profession, many of whom had performed abortions themselves. Bishops here speak, but priests are too involved in labor and environmental issues to give a hoot.

4:20 AM  
Blogger JI said...

Kerala is a beautiful state - so green and verdant with lovely beaches and canals. It's also very peaceful. All the different religious communities get on well.

Being the spice coast of India there used to be considerable trade between the Mediterranean and Kerala in centuries past. It was probably along one of these sea routes that St Thomas arrived in the first century.

Although Christians are 20% of the population they are a powerful group in Kerala. The Christian influence extends into the education and health sectors. It has near universal literacy - quite remarkable for any state in India. European Christian missionaries have also been active there. With the entry of the Portuguese, the majority of the Christians (around two-thirds) eventually joined the Roman Catholic Church.

2:16 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

JI, thanks for the background on your home state.

3:58 AM  

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