‘Meri Pyaari Gudiya’

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‘Meri Pyaari Gudiya’

Since ages, our morals, standards and values have distinguished us from other animals. But today, fierce social malevolence is dissolving that barrier. Killing does not fall in the realm of our ethics, and killing an innocent baby girl amplifies the savagery of the act. We should not need reminders and reasons to save the girl child; their importance in our social fabric is undebatable. Simple logic tells us that the human race cannot procreate without females, and yet, preposterous practices like female foeticide still exist in our society. As per the Indian Census 2011 report, the average sex ratio of India (females per thousand males) is 933. With urban sex ratio being 900 and rural sex ratio being 946, it is appalling to know that people who live in cities and claim to be literate also indulge in this heinous act.

According to the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) Act, passed in 1994, revealing the gender of the foetus prenatally and promoting abortions on the basis of foetal sex is prohibited. But, till date, these laws are not well enforced. We, Indians, call our nation mother India and are great devotees of the mother goddess in various manifestations, which is why it is the epitome of hypocrisy when we mistreat the women in our lives. Isn’t it strange that, to this day, we continue to harm the precious gift of nature, a girl child, without whom a boy child can never be born?

What an unholy society we are, killing the most defenceless and innocent creatures in the womb. Many girls in India are perceived and treated as a burden, instead of as bundles of joy, since they are born. A girl child, between the ages 1-5 years is 75% more likely to die than a boy child in the same age group. Why? Aren’t girls equally important? A woman is the first teacher and the first nurse of the baby; she plays a pivotal role in the health and growth of the entire family. If empowered, women can take on roles of leaders and powerful figures in the society with their natural multi-tasking skills. Falling female to male ratio indicates that the human race is heading towards an unnatural extinction, due to our contribution in promoting these social evils. So, step up and help make the world a gender equal space.

The world today, especially India, is filled with social evils like female foeticide, illiteracy, child marriage, child labour and gender bias. ‘Meri Pyaari Gudiya’ intends to eliminate this misogyny by inherently being a part of, and tenaciously supporting and advancing , the ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ awareness initiative, conveying the joy of being blessed with a girl child. The video, as a part of the campaign, effectively engages the natural compassion and empathy towards a little girl, making the listener feel the warmth of love and care for a girl child, wherein a doting father soothingly hums this heart-rending song to his loving daughter. The innocence and charm of a girl child, which this video tries to portray, will resound with people from all walks of life, and is certain to pull a few heartstrings!

‘Meri Pyaari Gudiya’ campaign led forward by Abhijeet Ghoshal was crowdfunded successfully with the help of Dreamwallets, which, yet again proved to be a successful platform by helping the project creators convert their dreams to reality. Abhijeet Ghoshal – a prolific playback singer, Aniket Kar – an ace pianist, and Adil Rasheed– a lead guitarist par excellence, are the proud leaders of this incredible musical composition. With their work and compassion, they are trying to spread awareness and throw some light on various significant topics pertaining to our society. They are motivated to work hard for the betterment of women in our country, with or without any support. However, they would like to collaborate with the government to make sure that this message reaches a wider audience.

‘Meri Pyaari Gudiya’ is a touching song illustrating the importance of having a girl child, as seen through her father’s eyes. With the hard work of the team, their determination and passion for making it happen, they managed to get their project crowdfunded. The well-known and much-loved singer Shaan was proud to give his voice for the ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ initiative, titled ‘Meri Pyaari Gudiya’. Shaan expressed that he feels it is important to spread the word around for the betterment of girl child, and did not charge any fee for the song.

With this, we at Dreamwallets appeal to every person reading this to not to hold back, but to think and act. Our daughters are blooming in every single field, be it sports, academics, politics, astronomy- the list is endless. The joy of having a daughter should be no less than the joy of having a son. Full of love, care and compassion, daughters can bring happiness to a household.

We have harped on about the problem. Now it is the time to take action to solve it. This is an epidemic which cannot be eradicated quickly. But we can slowly and surely bring about a change by raising our voice against it. So let us join hands and fight against this injustice. You can change one life, one thought at a time. Spread the message to fathers you know, that they are blessed because they don’t just have a girl child, but beings with the power to create and nurture life!