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I really felt connected while reading this post maám. I would like to share my thoughts and experiences regarding the same. Being a citizen of India, we all know that this “barabari” thing is quite acclaimed but inequality is still prominent in the rural areas. You mentioned about the screening of a play based on this and the audience being low income neighbourhoods. An exactly similar situation was faced by me, when I was performing a street-play along with my teammates on “girl child” in one of the remote areas near Pune. This play was performed in a circle, on the streets, with people standing all around us. I was doing my engineering, when I was a part of the street-play team which performed on various social issues. Among these was the issue of what difficulties do girls face right from their birth, for some may not be fortunate enough to be even born, till the time they grow up to becoming mothers. This street-play started off with funny elements, sarcasm and then gradually ended on a serious note. One of the monologues in the play was (in hindi) – “Paida hone se pehele hi dete ho ladki ko maar, fir kahaa se paaoge maa, behen, beti ka pyaar”. Such elements kept them engrossed and grabbed the attention of those who were not watching the play earlier. When the play came to an end, all females standing in the crowd gave a huge round of applause, where as the men stood quietly. For girls and women in the crowd, something like this was unexpected and at the same time heart-warming. Since it was performed in the rural areas, where female foeticide is still prevalent, it was relatable for them. After the play, it was important for the people to understand the main motive or true essence of it. It wasn’t to show supremacy of women over men, or to show that men in our society are culpable for female foeticide. Instead, it was just to convey across the masses, that female foeticide should be desisted. The women retorted as if it were the men who were responsible for it. At that moment it was necessary for us to convey that women and men are “barabar” in this. If there is something wrong happening to women around, it is not that always men are guilty of it. Or if something in favour of women occurs, not necessarily women will be the reason behind it. As mentioned in the blog, it doesn’t always have to be perfect balance of 50-50. What is important is to find the right balance. Being a dramatics enthusiast, I would definitely like to watch “Mulgi Zhali Ho”.

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