I hear ya, Lakshmi!
These kids are
three-and-half-years old, for God's sake. And what is worse, there
is immediate pressure on the child to perform well. Usually the competitions are
for stuff like "Bhagavat Gita Recitation". These kids are not even past their
kid-talk (my child cannot even pronounce "R" yet, and it is still "Labbit eat
Callot"), to actually recite heavy-duty Sanskrit slokas from the Gita AND BE
JUDGED FOR IT. Yes, it is probably a good idea to catch them young and
having them lisp the Gita is probably the most beautiful sound to a parent's
ear, but competitions? Why? Why induce the attitude of one-upping at
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