Must-read -- Mom's the word!
Here's a wonderful article i read (the cover story of the day) in mumbai mirror. That the newspaper chose to put it on the front page speaks volumes about the intelligence of their editorial team. The article `MOM'S THE WORD' is about schools now allowing the use of the mother's name in school forms. It speaks of a respect given to the mother, that has been unheard of. I remember my maid telling me how she had to beg her drunk and abusive husband who had abandoned the family years ago, to sign on their child's school form as her signature was not accepted. Even middle and upper middle-class women (taking care of the child single-handedly) who are separated and divorced have to ask/beg their ex-husbands, some of whom don't even pay a penny for child maintainence to make these forms valid. This is a moment of truimph for her and for all women, especially single mothers. It will affect the self-esteem and self-worth of many women. Let's send an encouraging note to the newspaper lauding the government's efforts in bringing about equal rights for both mothers and fathers. Write to email@example.com and (cc to) firstname.lastname@example.org. There will be enough letters opposing this, so we have to show them that we encourage this move. Remember each letter counts!