Tuesday, April 04, 2006

two articles

The Price Of Being A Woman: Slavery In Modern India by Justin Huggler.
The desire for sons has created a severe shortage of marriageable young women. As their value rises, unscrupulous men are trading them around the subcontinent and beyond as if they were a mere commodity.

Links to the 2001 India Census Population tables (with gender ratios for each state):
    Population by sex and sex ratio (J&K: 892, Punjab: 876, Chandigarh: 777, Haryana: 861, Delhi: 821, U.P: 898, Sikkim: 875, Arunachal: 893)
    Population by sex and sex ratio (0-6 years) (H.P: 896, Punjab: 798, Chandigarh: 845, Haryana: 819, Delhi: 868, Gujarat: 883)

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Coca-Cola: Sucking Communities Dry by Joe Zacune.
Coca-Cola is one of the most recognizable brands in the world. The company claims to adhere to the “highest ethical standards” and to be “an outstanding corporate citizen in every community we serve”. Yet Coca-Cola’s activities around the world tell a different story. Coca-Cola has been accused of dehydrating communities in its pursuit of water resources to feed its own plants, drying up farmers’ wells and destroying local agriculture. The company has also violated workers’ rights in countries such as Colombia, Turkey, Guatemala and Russia. Only through its multi-million dollar marketing campaigns can Coca-Cola sustain the clean image it craves.


Dhananjay said...

Interesting to see Kerela (and Pondicherry) have > 1 sex ratio.

Purushottam said...

the other peculiar thing is that most of the states with a below-900 ratio are Haryana, Punjab, Chandigarh, Delhi ---the North, North-west states are all neighbors. The southern states in general all have a 900+ ratio. The reasons surely are very complex and combination of denger preference, poverty, income-provider etc. Would be interesting to look at the levels of poverty and education in these states.