Pragati has been part of PRADAN, an NGO working with women in the Adivasi areas of Madhya Pradesh for the past 3 years. Currently on a break from work, she dreams one day of being able to grow her own food, write exactly what she thinks and read all the books she has collected.
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.