Forget education, let's talk about something else. Can you name who comprises the majority in India? Do I hear 'Hindus'? Let me tell you how wrong you are. We might talk of progress, but there is none. Do you see any unity between the people? How many languages does this country have? And there's something called Caste! Do you think a so called Sudra can marry a Brahmin. In fact, what's even hilarious is the existence of sub castes within these castes! There is no group (or sub group or sub su group) in this country which can say that it is the majority! Take the matter of the national language for instance. Hindi is taken as a official language, but when it is officially stated that Hindi is the most spoken language, people fail to understand that the huge number of dialects taken in to incorporate it are pretty different from each other. But can you blame our leaders? Certainly not. The next widely spoken language, Bengali, has its own diversity in terms of the dialects!
Let's talk about something else. Being in Roorkee, where quite a lot of the people are vegetarians, I have noticed this issue. Our mess serves only vegetarian food. There was a proposal for starting non vegetarian, but it is being delayed because of many things, including and not limited to, the reluctance of the vegetarians to sit at the same table and using the same utensils! I would like to ask them one question- what would you do when you are in a foreign trip?
The constitution gives a citizen the right to go and settle anywhere in the country. Barring the ten biggest cities, do you think it is easy to go and mingle with the people? There are just too many barriers. Even in the cities, you tend to form groups of your own community. Same goes on in college- Telugus, Bengalis, Delhiites- just name it.
Sadly, child marriages are still prevalent in many parts of the country, even when there are strict laws against it. Dowry is something that goes unsaid in Indian weddings. Why else would parents not want the girl child? Why does the Gram Panchayat behave as kings right under the nose of the constitution? Untouchability, a word that Blogger points out with a red underline meaning it is not present in its dictionary, is still there. Take a look at this video, which shows how strong the urban and rural divide is!
We blame the politicians for every wrong thing going on in the country. I am not defending them, but does anyone realize that deep down, even we are to blame? Talking of progress, showing a growth in income or adopting a western lifestyle doesn't change what you actually are. People are getting educated, but these core thoughts have not changed at all!
I know I have asked too many questions and provided very little, if at all any, answers. I just wonder what would it take to change? Is it something so difficult?
I would like to conclude with two R K Laxman cartoons on the Education System.
|No, I couldn't get admission. I got 82% in Math, 83% in Science, 91% in Social Science, 89% in ...|
|It is sad to see youngsters hanging around like this for admission, Remember in our days, we just walked in and got the seats?|