Inaaya is going through the tough phase of teething. First summer and so I haven’t been able to write for long.
Amidst all this, I came across a general concern about baby’s appearance, more importantly the skin colour. When Inaaya started crawling, I had recommendations pouring in to start giving her massages with milk and bread, malai (milk cream), besan etc. Uugghhh!
As you know I absolutely love reading my reader’s messages that they personally inbox me. But sometimes, some messages pain me and make me antsy where moms are asking for ways to ‘correct’ their baby’s skin colour.
I understand many moms feel engulfed by endless torments by the society who comment on their baby’s skin colour and particularly if they’re girls…… the challenges increases.
Wistfully, the Indian obsession with fairness is so innate that the pregnant women begins consuming saffron milk to ‘have’ fair babies. Mothers scrub their kid’s skin to avoid the dark colour. Kids are not allowed to play in the sun….. many more!
I want to ask all ‘these’ women, have you heard of the term Genetics? Tell me, can you ever question your colonial past for the colour? No, right! Then why create that discrimination floored on skin colour? We as parents should fight to wave off this deep rooted problem. Just tell them, buraa na Mano, genes hai!
Let us teach our children that every colour, every single colour is beautiful. Colour has nothing to do with talents, abilities, characters.
So mommies, let us join hands and raise a generation of Global Citizens!