Meghana H. R. is a research scholar at Department of Communication, Bangalore University and Assistant Professor at College of Journalism and Mass Communication at a private university in Bangalore. She identifies herself as a work-in-progress-feminist who is relearning the notions of gender which are intensely woven into the social fabric of Indian culture. Her research interests span through Anthropology, Media Theories, Gender Studies, Semiotics and Popular Culture. She is optimistic and believes that the world can be a better place simply by being kind to fellow earthlings.
In the Indian imagination, an ‘Aunty’ is a middle-aged, usually fat woman who is married and has children. Young women, especially unmarried ones, either do not want to associate with the term or are expected to steer clear of it.
The gendered implications of the NEP policies are also significant, in the sense that women will not have an equal opportunity to learn English, given that parents often spend less on a girl's education and research has shown that parents prefer to send boys to private schools and girls to government schools.