Census 2011: Governing populations and the girl child

The much-awaited provisional results of Census 2011 bring the news that the child sex ratio (0-6 years) has declined further from 927 to 914 girls for every 1,000 boys, due to a widening of the circle of daughter aversion, especially across western and central India. But in all the monitoring to correct this “imbalance” what place is there for a genuine engagement with the life chances of girls in diverse contexts?

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