Madhu Gurung's article "Journey of possibilities" is an eye-opener for all those who have been looking down at the Aravanis. Hats off to the TAI for its initiative in empowering the Aravanis. It has also done a commendable job in providing alternative sources of employment for many. It's high time that NGOs joined hands to empower this unfortunate section of society. The path ahead is not very easy, as it is difficult for them to come out of shells formed over the years. Soon a day will dawn when they will be on equal footing with others.
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It is indeed unfortunate that the Aravanis are humiliated by society. We talk about giving dual citizenship to the non-resident Indians, but the eunuchs in India are even deprived of their ration card, voter identification and employment. Once they are given social recognition and acceptance, which appears to be their prime need, these transgenders could be shown their way for their survival amidst all odds they are currently facing.
R. Murali Kumar,
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The article was very interesting. It is horrifying to note that the transgenders are not provided either the ration card or voter's card. Their demand for social acceptance is genuine. The Government should recognise their plight and come forward to help them in all possible ways to make them lead a better life in the society.
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