Jun 9, 2007

Gender Issues and Indian Text Books

I found this article by Kalpalata Pandey. It deals with the extremely sensitive topic of gender issues in Indian elementary school text books.
when it read it i found some points that i had never thought can cause gender bias. some everyday dialogues and events that we have gotten used to but have failed to see the underlying gender bias connotations.

Jun 4, 2007

Who is more backward... Me or U?

The agitation started by the Gujjars in Rajasthan has no meaning to it. Their demand is to be classified as more backward and to be considered down trodden!!!! i.e., they want to be classified as Scheduled Tribes.

Its that kind of situation you know.. u don’t know whether to laugh or cry.

The core issue lies is the continuance of caste based reservations. Not all SC/ST/OBC are backward in anyway. That includes economic, social, or cultural backwardness. Politicians should desist from making promises to vote banks. They might have been backward at some point of time in history. But that does not mean that their situation has not improved till date.

For Example:: The Meenas of Rajasthan were body guards of the King. It was a prestigious post that was not offered to all. So, to begin with they don’t need to be classified as ST. They have been the only community classified as ST from Rajasthan. So they have, until now taken full advantage of all the privileges the reservation brings. They have hogged most of the Government posts. They get their postings and transfers altered in their favour.

The fight between the Meenas and the Gujjars is very transparent. One can clearly see that the Meenas don’t want to let go or even share the privileges that comes with being classified as ST.

However, focusing once again on the issue at hand- the Gujjars resorting to violence to get their demands fulfilled. This is just open terrorism and it should be dealt with as one. Gujjars are not the only community who are interested in getting themselves classified as ST or SC etc. If they succeed today we might get to see a string of such out breaks from many other communities. No other community should get the idea that they can get away by holding the nation’s capital hostage.

After a heated debate about an issue Sardar Patel once asked Nehru if he was a leader or a part of the mass. A similar question beckons our leaders today. They have to prove to the rest of the nation whether they are leaders who will show a new path and lead or just succumb to the pressures of some despicable people.

Jun 3, 2007

Indian Idol.... eh???

Bharat Ki Shaan eh? who will be 'it' when all the good ones are clearly standing in line for elimination??
The reality show that is being aired on Sony entertainment Television is designed to find the next singing sensation of India. So far, the contestants have gone through two rounds of selection. The rounds were judged by 4 Moguls of the music industry- Anu Malik, Alisha Chinnai, Javed Akhtar and Udit Narayan. There is no doubt that they will have chosen the best of the participants.

However, now the contest has moved on to the Piano Round i.e. round 3 of the contest. Here the contestants have to perform and the public i.e. the viewers vote. So, I think we have to question the authenticity of the results. How many people are actually voted out i.e. by not receiving any votes? This does not seem to be much of a problem here as the contestants are ordinary people. They can influence the viewers only by their performance. Or may be not.

This is what 27 yrs old Pinky Maidasani found out when she was eliminated from the contest. The public definitely did not listen to her sing. A trained classical singer, a music teacher by profession Pinky Maidasani definitely has the voice of a future Indian Idol. It is obvious that people are prejudiced towards physical beauty.
Anybody with a true ear for music will tell Pinky is no ordinary wannabe. She has the voice of a star. But there must something that did not appeal to the audience or maybe they just blatantly ignored her. She is a typical bindaas city girl openly proclaiming her love for judge Anu Malik. She considers him as a guru and inspiration for her music. Or maybe the viewers just did not like her hair colour?!!!!! But no amount of reasoning justifies her being eliminated from the contest.
Not that the contestants will miss out much by not being Indian Idol. In retrospect, there have been 2 previous Indian Idols who have vanished into oblivion. So, in a way Pinky is now free to reach her goal of challenging Shakira, Whitney Houston et al.

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