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Not pontificating. Only trying to bat on the side of the environment. And ethics. And simple living. And slowing down. (And trying to learn and practise before preaching or teaching...)

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Redefine fatherhood, Mr Yamada

Dear Mr Ikufumi Yamada
Your daughter Baby Manji waits for you to take her home. It is likely that you are taking all efforts to work out the legalities, (your baby, born of donated eggs, delivered by a surrogate mother in India, and therefore Indian citizen by birth). "Indian law does not allow the adoption of a girl by a single father". But you don't have to adopt - whoever heard of adopting one's own?
So I await an update in the news, about how you arrived to escort Baby Manji back to Japan. I had read this poem long ago: "Why God made little girls"- you'll soon find out, when you take Manji home.

"God made the world with towering trees,
Majestic mountains and restless seas.
Then paused and said , "It needs one more thing...
Someone to laugh and dance and sing.
To walk in the wood and gather flowers...
To commune with nature in quiet hours."
So God made little girls
With laughing eyes and bouncing curls,
With joyful hearts and infectious smiles,
Enchanting ways and feminine wiles.
And when He'd completed the task He'd begun.
He was pleased and proud of the job He'd done.
For the world, when seen through little girl's eyes
Greatly resembled Paradise."

Best wishes to you and Manji,
Manji's wellwishers.
PS: You can use http://translate.google.com/translate_t?sl=en&tl=ja, to read the message in this letter.

Link to newspaper story: The Hindu, 07 Aug 2008



Anonymous Amudha said...

Let us hope the father gets to enjoy his daughter's presence in his life.

Outdated laws need to be changed considering the technological advances and the emerging challenges. Law makers to note!

07 August, 2008  
Blogger Kannamma said...

Touching and thought provoking.
My prayers for little Manji.
Hope the news of her joining her father comes soon.

07 August, 2008  
Blogger Indrani said...

I was reading about this in papers, good you posted on this.

10 August, 2008  

So moving - may the baby reach its parents, whoever they are, soon.

10 August, 2008  

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