When officials accompanying Vij refused to give any assurance for their demand, they briefly stood in front of the car.
If only he'd waited for the recent article in the New York Times (03/02/2008), "Teaching Boys and Girls Separately" by Elizabeth Weil.
It would have seemed…dare I say it…not only true but helpful in determining the most effective educational strategies for each gender. The article makes no moral arguments for single-sex education, just a practical one -- that boys and girls each thrive in a separate sex educational environment that plays to their unique (yes gender-based) strengths and weaknesses.
Although the author cites some criticism of the theory and its benefits, the fundamental assertion and the derivative ideas seem intuitively obvious -- to anyone who has ever been a parent.
Many of the suggestions are based on the thoughts of Leonard Sax, a former family physician. I also could have told them that boys need to be up and moving, that they have excess energy and need a healthy physical outlet.
Accompanied by a handful of parents, the girls said that in the absence of a coach they were forced to sit idle at their training centre in Shahabad.
They would ideally like to have a coach who would prepare them for competition.
The protest left many people surprised because it was girls demanding for some decent training in a sport largely dominated by boys and that too in a state that is infamous for its patriarchal ways.
The 50-odd girls between 12 and 15 years even stopped Vij's car for a while as he was preparing to leave for Chandigarh from his home at Sadar Bazaar area of Ambala Cantonment.
Anyone who has ever had a teenage son can certainly testify to their obsessive need to turn each and any object into drumsticks, with every surface a drum.
They were upset with him because he refused to listen to their demand for appointing a football coach in Kurukshetra district.
The girls say that they have not had proper training for the past year.