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Maneka Gandhi tweeted a photograph with her daughter-in-law and granddaughter to kick-off the campaign

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  • India celebrated August 11 as Daughter’s Day and that entire week as Daughters’ Week as part of government’s ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’
  • Maneka Gandhi tweeted a photograph with her daughter-in-law and granddaughter to kick-off the campaign
  • She believes that the campaign will help in the improvement of the society and will encourage people to send their daughters to school

August 17, 2016: India celebrated August 11 as Daughter’s Day and that entire week as Daughters’ Week as part of government’s ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ (Save daughter, educate daughter) programme to check female feticide, improve sex ratio and educate girls across the country. The social media campaign to celebrate daughters, daughters-in-law and granddaughters was started by Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi on August 8.

Maneka Gandhi tweeted a photograph with her daughter-in-law and granddaughter to kick-off the campaign. She also invited people to tweet their pictures with their daughters-in-law and grand-daughters with #BBPDaughtersWeek. There was an overwhelming response by the people and Mrs. Gandhi re-tweeted dozens of photos sent to her.

Indian Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi tweeted this photo of herself with her daughter-in-law and granddaughter Image Source : Twitter
Indian Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi tweeted this photo of herself with her daughter-in-law and granddaughter Image Source : Twitter

“We are asking people to celebrate the young women and girls in their lives. The time has come to celebrate women. Women are doing much better now, there’s more confidence in them. We want to spread the message that the girl child should be valued,” said Mrs Gandhi to BBC.

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The statement from the ministry said, “This opportunity is being used by the Ministry to engage citizens to celebrate the young women and girls in their lives, and spread the message of valuing the girl child.”

In India, sons are generally viewed as assets as they later become the breadwinners of the family, while daughters are seen as a liability. Sons are also preferred as they carry on the family name, and perform the last rites for their parents, which is an important ritual in many faiths. With the patriarchal attitude deeply ingrained in Indian society, parents run tests to determine the gender of an unborn child, and female feticide remains a common practice in parts of India.

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Mrs. Gandhi believes that campaigns aimed at removing the concept of female feticide and levelling the sex ratio in the country will help in the improvement of the society and will encourage people to send their daughters to school.

Mrs. Gandhi also explains why her campaign singled out daughters, daughters-in-law, and granddaughters. The division was to raise the voices of those Daughters who were denied the right to live, to remind people to treat Daughters-in-laws with love and affection and to appeal to the grandmothers to let the girl child live.

– prepared by Ajay Krishna of NewsGram. Twitter: @ajkrish14

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  • Kabir Chaudhary

    I nice initiative taken by Mrs. Maneka Gandhi, to change the perspective of the society and encourage the parents to send their daughters to school.

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India China’s Fight Over the Doklam Plateau Explained

Doklam or Donglang, is a disputed area between China and Bhutan located near their tri-junction with India

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  • India and China have an old history of disputes
  • This time, the dispute is regarding the Dokplam Plateau
  • The area is of strategic importance for both the nations

Disputes between India and China are not at all uncommon. The rivalry between the two nations is famous. There have been several disputes between the two on the India-China border in past, and there seems to be no stopping for these disputes in the present or future, for that matter.

India and China have a n old history of repeated disputes. zeenews.india.com
India and China have an old history of repeated disputes. zeenews.india.com

In June 2017, the world witnessed yet another dispute arising between India and China. This time the dispute was about China building a road extending to Doklam Plateau, which both nations have been fighting over for years now.

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History of the dispute 

Doklam or Donglang (in Chinese), is a disputed area between China and Bhutan located near their tri-junction with India. India doesn’t directly claim the area but supports Bhutan’s claims on it.

India fits into the picture, as this plateau is an important area for India. Not only is Bhutan one of the biggest allies of India; China gaining access over the Doklam Plateau will also endanger India’s borders, making them vulnerable to attacks.

Dopkam plateau is an important area near India, China and Bhutan's borders.
Dopkam plateau is an important area near India, China and Bhutan’s borders.

Apart from the hostile history of the two nations, the Doklam Plateau is also important for India to maintain its control over a land corridor that connects to its remote northeastern States. China building a road through Doklam surely threatens that control.

A complete timeline of what happened in the recent Doklam Standoff 

On 16 June 2017, Chinese troops with construction vehicles and excavators began extending an existing road southward on the Doklam plateau, near India’s border. It was Bhutan which raised the alarm for India.

On 18 June 2017, India responded by sending around 270 Indian troops, with weapons and two bulldozers to evict the Chinese troops from Doklam.

On 29 June 2017, Bhutan protested against the construction of a road in the disputed territory.  According to the Bhutanese government, China attempted to extend a road in an area which is shared both Bhutan and India, along with China.

Between 30 June 2017 and 5 July 2017, China released multiple statements justifying their claim over the Doklam plateau. They cited reasons as to why the Doklam standoff wasn’t really needed. And how China has not intruded into India’s territory to incite the standoff.

On 19th July 2017, China asked India again to withdraw its troops from the Doklam. On 24th July 2017,  Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, in his statement, asked India to withdraw and behave themselves to maintain peace.

India and China seem to never agree when it comes to their borders. BBC
India and China seem to never agree when it comes to their borders. BBC

Also Read: Why India Must Counter China’s High-Altitude Land Grab?

What followed till 16th August 2017 was China constantly alleging India of trying to create trouble. They accused India of trying to disturb the peace and not withdrawing the troops, even after repeated reminders. They also accused India of bullying.

India, however, kept quiet during the whole fiasco, only releasing a statement regarding their stand and position at the Doklam standoff.

On 28 August 2017, India and China finally announced that they had agreed to pull their troops back from the Doklam standoff. The withdrawal was completed on that very day.

On 7 September 2017, many media reports claimed that both nation’s troops have not left the site completely. They were still patrolling the area, simply having moved 150 meters away from their previous position.

On 9 October 2017, China announced that it is ready to maintain peace with India at the frontiers. India reacted in affirmative, the peace was established when Indian Defence Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman’s visited Nathu La.

The issue between the two nations may rise again. Pixabay
The issue between the two nations may rise again. Pixabay

The Doklam issue, for now, is resolved. However, given the history of disputes between India and China, it won’t be a surprise if the issue resurfaces again in near future.