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Degrading grades!!

Now that there are going to be GRADES instead of MARKS, how does one benefit? At least not the bright kids.

If one were to apply for a University other than the one from which he had passed out, there is every likelihood that the welcoming university while processing the applications are not going to BUNCH all the applicants from different universities, who have scored the same grade, and might give greater room for ARBITRARINESS. As it exists, despite clearly defined marks, the principle seems to be SHOW ME THE APPLICANT AND I WILL SHOW YOU THE FORMULA!!

The Universities should be clearly told to grade the different Universities, so that the students know which Universities have a higher standing so that it does not come as a surprise when they finally seek admissions.

This GRADE business is nothing new. This was in existence in many universities and when the students tried migrating to other universities, the admission procedure prescribed that for the purposes of clear demarcation, the lowest mark of the spectrum of the grade should be taken for calculation purposes. Many students were prejudiced by such an arrangement. This new GRADING system is nothing but new wine in old bottle!!

The oblique reasons for which such a revamping has been done will come to light years later, when a whole generation of students have undergone the inequities thru exploitation by the rich and the powerful.

Except for the ostensible reason that the children would not GO THRU THE ANXIETIES of the board exams, i see no benefit accruing by the implementation of this system of grading.

Secondly, giving lop-sided continuous assessment in the hands of the school teachers is likely to discriminate against the “naughty” but diligent kids.  OBJECTIVITY would be lost. Instead of considering knowledge and understanding of the subject, criteria like obedience, punctuality, orderliness, courtesy etc. would be given importance and therefore the marks.

I feel that the system has been conceived in secrecy, for reasons best known to the persons who decided it, sacrificing the interests of the student community and their parents who struggle both with the changing system and their children.


What is most interesting is that to ensure PUBLIC ORDER or MORALITY the State Governments have been banning books whenever in the perceptions of the  GOVERNMENT  allowing the sale/publication of the books might prove to be deleterious to the interests of PUBLIC ORDER or MORALITY.

The Constitution of India guarantees freedom of expression subject to certain limitations as under:-

Article 19

(1) All citizens shall have the right-
(a) to freedom of speech and expression;

(2) Nothing in sub-clause (a) of clause (1) shall affect the operation of any existing law, or prevent the State from making anylaw, in so far as such law imposes reasonable restrictions on the exercise of the right conferred by the said sub-clause in the interests of the sovereignty and integrity of India,the security
of the State, friendly relations with foreign States, public order,
decency or morality, or in relation to contempt of court, defamation
or incitement to an offence.

The sections invoked by the police to charge persons under the offences that fall foul of the Fundamental Right mentioned above are Sections 153A and 295A of the Indian Penal Code.

The police, which is in-charge of booking persons under the above sections, does not find out if all the ingredients  that make up an offence are fulfilled before charging them. They want to take action immediately so as to ensure that the persons are taken into custody so that no accusations are made against them, and then released by the Magistrate for want of evidence. It is a FEUDAL SCENARIO!! Why should a man be arrested, when the basic ingredients that form an offence are not available? and why should the magistrate issue subpoena for the person still at large, to appear before him when he himself could come to a conclusion that prima-facie the ingredients to the offence have not been made out?

For example, the Magistrate who could throw out the case at the outset, issued summons for the appearance of M.F.Hussain, the renowned painter, merely because his portrayal of a Hindu Goddess was in the nude. Thereby he had offended the sentiments of the public at large. To my mind, a portrayal of a God or a Goddess is assumed to be a portrayal, only so long as the portrayal reflects our understanding of that God or Goddess. If for example, as long as Jesus is portrayed on the cross with a halo and certain features that are normally construed as “DIVINE”, it needs to be considered a portrayal of Jesus. But if a pervert who wants to see Jesus in the nude and portrays Jesus, which is apparently obscene, no Christian OUGHT to feel offended. As that portrayal is nothing but an evil fulmination of a perverse mind. Maybe someone who  wanted to have a portrayal of Jesus in the nude might have paid the artist a hefty sum. That need not affect a Christian’s  position or poise.

Here an Artist had portrayed the figure of a goddess in the nude, ignoring the sentiments of the Hindus. He had no doubt offended the sentiments of the Hindus, but as evolved Hindus, should we not display our class, by ignoring the evil fulminations of a perverse mind and get on with life instead of making him a martyr? I think we should. Hussain had not paused to consider to see his mother in the nude- when he as an atheist, either doesn’t have a mother, or as a person born into Islam, is emboldened to strip others’ mothers!! If at all he had a right, it must have been expressed like Salman Rushdie. He should have done an artistic piece on the Prophet Mohammed, or of the faith to which he either belongs or was born into!!

The second example is Dan Brown’s DA VINCI CODE, where his pseudo history forwarded the story that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene and that she bore the child of Jesus etc. etc. The Christians were flabbergasted! They were fuming at the re-invention that Dan Brown had hashed. The authorities were eager to ban the book. To what effect? Does one quell perverse ideas through suppression? NO. Any idea has to be allowed to run its full course. Like a virus it has to be incorporated and sufficient immunity built against it, so that the next generation is easy with such ideas, and moves forward without any alarm.

Some of the so called artists want to do things that attract attention within their own life time. They are not sure of their own creation. Further the so called art that they create, is nothing but an extension of an existing IDEA. There is neither refinement to it, nor an elevation to it. That cheap art is meant to sensationalize and hog the limelight for a day and fade away in TIME, not even lasting till this generation, for good reasons.

When such is the case, should the Government use the tools at its possession to ban books that they claim might hinder public order or morality/decency? I guess not.

We in India should not use the oppressive tools left behind by the British, which have mostly been abandoned in the developed countries. And more so, when the reasons given to restrain the RIGHTS granted to an Individual by the constitution, is based on  flimsy grounds.

Anand Jon, a sand nigger!!

The TIMES OF INDIA, dated 02/09/2009, Bangalore Edition screams on its front page that Anand Jon, a Person of Indian Origin and a Fashion Designer based in BeverlyHills, California, United States of America, had been sentenced to 59 years of incarceration by the courts.

Back home the sister and the mother of the convict, Anand Jon, have stated that the cases of rape, statutory rape etc. have been foisted on their brother and son by a prejudiced police force. The news item further states that the Beverly Hills Police Department cops had addressed Mr.Anand Jon as a SAND NIGGER.

Wiktionary gives the following meaning to the phrase SAND NIGGER:

sand nigger (plural sand niggers)

  1. (derogatory, offensive) A person of Arabian or other Middle Eastern descent.

It is not the prejudices of the Police, which is surprising, but the jury verdict. In the matter of Nathuram Godse, in the book titled THE MEN WHO KILLED GANDHI by Manohar Malgoankar, the author says, if the audience in the court had been converted into a jury during the trial of The Mahatma’s murder, the jury would have returned the verdict of NOT GUILTY on Nathuram Godse. So much for the jury. Luckily for Indians the jury system was abolished with the most interesting case of  Nanavati V. State of Bombay.

In the case of Nanavati v. State of Bombay, the husband who was a naval officer shot dead the paramour of his wife, by bringing a loaded gun into the house of the Paramour from his naval ship, when the paramour was alone. The jury got mixed up with MORAL ISSUES, instead of  returning a verdict on proved facts. The sympathy of the 12 good men is definitely going to lean in favour of the cuckolded husband. But the requirement of law is different- the judge was looking for legal ingredients like pre-meditation, sudden provocation, intention and the like. But the JURY was interested in returning a verdict that would palliate their own conscience. However the Judge found the verdict PERVERSE.

In Anand Jon’s case, a predominantly American jury, led by an American Judge, is not likely to take things easily when the charge was that Mr.Anand Jon was messing around with minor girls!!

The interesting part is the statement made by a girl who had turned 17 now and was a rape victim at the age of 14, by Anand Jon. Unfortunately, in statutory rape- which means that ingredients like consent, will etc. do not matter when the victim is below the prescribed age (in India it is 16 years). The very fact that a man had sex with an under-aged girl is sufficient to obtain a conviction under RAPE. Whether the girl in the instant case looked like 18 and showed sexual experience, whether she seduced Anand Jon for fame and name do not matter.

I like the statement made by that innocent babe in the woods- “Anand Jon stole my innocence!!” Oh, yes she did not know what was happening in the fashion world and she had to break that news of rape to her  father and is continuously traumatized about all that happened.

When these teenagers do not heed to the warnings  by their parents and succumb to temptations, should the society take up the burden of inflicting such harsh sentences on the perpetrators of such acts? I guess not. At least not by the 12 good men who are neither of Anand Jon’s ethnicity or colour or creed or coviction , much less the same profession!

In any case, as one of the Beverly Hills Police guy is stated to have said: YOU SAND NIGGER, YOU WANNA MESS WITH THE WHITE GIRLS?, it is better for us Indians to be warned about the prejudices that people harbour and unleash it without any sympathy, in times of judgement.


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