Prodikal Science and Cooking

The results of the 2015 Board Exam delved deeper than the plain numbers this time. The toppers, definitely people to take inspiration from, were interviewed in the hopes of procuring tips and suggestions to help other students. Slowly, the interview turned into a cross-examination, and these toppers failed miserably. One of them, Ruby Rai, when asked what “Political Science” was, replied that “Prodikal science was about cooking.” She is a topper, mind you. The concept of mass-cheating is not unheard of in Bihar. When 14 of the toppers were summoned on 11th June 2016 for a re-examination, one of them claimed depression and the other threatened to commit suicide.

This is a wake up call for the country; proof that the education system is extremely flawed and needs to be inspected closely. It is well-known that it is easy to get through exams in India if you have prodigal memory retention capacity. People learn by rote sometime before the exam and the second they submit the paper, it is as though the information has evaporated from their minds. It is very important that the question papers and syllabus is structured to be able to test a student’s understanding of a subject; this will also ensure that the teachers, especially in government schools, do their job and teach students. Although it is not true that all school are this way, a majority of the schools in rural India and government schools need inspection.

This also serves as proof to those people who are all about those red-ink marks that sit on the top of papers; marks are not everything. If not this, a child may excel at something at something else. It is therefore, important for the government and parents alike to stress on the importance of talent of any kind instead of the talent visible in academia.

The Reich of Feminazism

Feminism has become a global phenomenon today. After years of female suppression, women have started to stand up for their own rights; a right to make decisions for themselves, a right to live the way they want to live and every right that should have been theirs by birth, but had no claim to. But much like a garden with weeds, the whole concept of feminism has weeds of its own, namely the Feminazis.

Firstly, ‘feminism’, unlike what many aggressive feminist activists seem to believe, is defined as getting equal rights for both men and women. The feminist movement today has, in a lot of places, evolved into trying to prove that women are superior to men. The idea behind the need to bring women out of centuries of supression and women was to achieve equal rights. The “First Wave of Feminism”, a term coined by Martha Lear, a columnist in New York Times in 1968, was the first phase of the Feminist Movement that had started in the 19th Century. The very first phase was about political equality and universal suffrage, in short, a demand for being given a status to equal to that of men.

If the long established patriarchial system is replaced by a matriarchy, a few centuries later, an equivalent of the feminist movement where men will fight for their rights will arise, and overthrow the matriarchy and patriarchy will be back in place. It will be an endless vicious cycle, and history will repeat itself.

There are the kinds of feminazis mentioned above, and then there are the kind who fight for all the wrong and worthless things. I have been part of a conversation where a girl demanded ‘history’ is a sexist subject and ought to be changed to ‘herstory’ or something similar.

The recent demands by Trupti Desai to be allowed to enter temples and holy places and that women on their period should not be discriminated as such, is utterly nonsensical. Labelling this as feminism and a way of supporting women rights is insulting because the issue today is to empower women not by letting them enter places of worship they are not supposed to, but rather fight for their rights in terms of social behaviour towards them.

Personally, change in such ideology might actually be more significant than waking up one fine morning and call history, her-story. Changes need to be made in aspects of the society where the change will have a positive impact on the individual lives of women. A good example would be to get rid of the idea that the function of a woman is to breed. Many societies and cultures in the past, including the Nazis, looked at women purely as a tool for producing men. It is more important to fight against these issues.

Using the argument of the slowly establishing Reich of Feminazis, some men I know have put forth this question: If men and women are to be equal, why do women need reservation? Why do women need special laws for protection? The justification for this, in my opinion, is fairly simple. For centuries, men have, on the number line, pushed themselves to level 50 and pushed women down to negative 50. For equality to establish, men have to be pulled down to level 0 and women need to be pulled up to level 0. Start from scratch. Special laws and reservations exist to counter the patriarchal society that has built up through centuries, and this should only be temporary and not a permanent amendment in the constitution.

Feminism should in fact cover all the atrocities against men as well. Due to rising feminazism, women have victimised men; innocent men have been accused of atrocities they have never even committed.

Feminism, as a concept, is idealistic and beautiful. Feminism is solely to look at a human being as a human being and stop looking at them as men and women. But as days progress, I have begun to feel that it is a utopian idea, because somewhere in the whole feminist movement, the essence of feminism has lost itself. Balance is the key, and for some reason, in India, it’s always either this extreme or that.

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