The latest firing of this salvo occurred in the Prime Minister’s Independence Day speech, in which it was declared that having small families is a form of “patriotism”. Such exhortations primarily target women, their bodies and their reproductive autonomy.
Chairman, Maharashtra State Commission for Women, Pune, said, “Women are the backbone of the family... Men and women are equal; women are walking shoulder to shoulder with their brothers in this pilgrimage.”
Today India has 1.4 million elected women representatives. Women constitute around 44 per cent of the total grassroots elected representatives and 43 per cent of the elected heads of villages in India are women, he said.