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Beti Bachao Beti Padhao
Beti Bachao Beti Padhao

Beta Bachao Beta Padhao

We all know about the slogan Beti Bachao Beti Padhao. Through this article, I am going to give you another slogan – Beta Bachao Beta Padhao. Mind you, this is not a spoof on the popular catchphrase. Read on to know more.

Beti Bachao Beti Padhao:

A few days back, we were in the hospital where Dad is being treated. Mom was sitting outside the doctor’s clinic. A 15-year old girl and her parents had also come for the woman’s treatment. The couple had gone inside and the girl was standing outside studying. Mom asked her if she was giving her exams.

The girl replied, “I am studying in the 10th standard. Rules have changed. Previously, we had to pass in theory and practical separately. Now, we have to get a combined pass mark. Even those kids, who get 10%, will pass, now. I am a rank holder. It would be shameful if I don’t get even 90%.”

Mom agreed to this. Another woman sitting nearby commented, “Beti Bachao Beti Padhao! Girls follow our advice. Boys don’t listen.”

Mom told the girl to go and sit outside below a tree and study. She added, “You will get confused here. I will inform your parents when they come out. You can also tell the security guards to do so.”

Mom also gave her a few tips on how to study. She asked Mom if she was a teacher. Mom replied that she used to be a teacher and also said – Knowledge is more important than certificates.

Bachcha Bachao Bachcha Padhao:

A boy sitting on the other side of my Mom said, “Beti Bachao Beti Padhao is not enough. This slogan should encompass all the children. So, Bachcha Bachao Bachcha Padhao is better.”

Mom asked him, which class he was studying. He said that it was 9th std. Mom encourages healthy competition between girls and boys. She told him, “I encourage all children, who respect me, to study.”

The boy complained, “You all encourage girls, only. Boys need some guidance, too. Even parents don’t guide us.”

Mom said, “That is wrong. Boys need more attention and encouragement, today. They are often tired after playing outside, in the evening. They should be given tea or any such beverage for some energy, once they come home. The parents should encourage them to study.”

The boy said, “Your son is lucky.”

Mom replied, “I have only 2 biological daughters. My sisters’ sons are more than my own sons. I have encouraged them to get educated. All of them are highly educated and work in high posts in the government and banking sectors.”

Want to know more. Stay tuned…

To be continued…

About Gayatri T Rao

A double post-graduate (MSc. - Botany and MA - English Literature) Gayatri T Rao is a Senior Multimedia Journalist with vast experience in writing on varied topics.

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