Nair has been surprisingly non-busy today, and has stumbled onto something which we both find reprehensible.
It’s a common sentiment among visitors to Chennai that it is as conservative as a Metropolis can be. I’ve had the feeling, once or twice, that that sentiment may be misplaced. Boy, was I shown wrong!
First off, here’s a page out of a rule-book of a local engineering college (you know, those things that churn out typists for the computer-software writing industry), a deemed university, even – Satyabhama. This is from Krish Ashok’s blog, who I believe is an alumnus of one of these tartarean institutions:[/exhibit-A]
Is your blood up to a good simmer? Mine was, even before I’d gone through half the page. I mean, What the FUCK is a ‘university’ doing telling people whom they can or cannot talk to?
Then Nair found this Times Now report from 2008 about sexual segregation in colleges in Chennai:
The fellow who is interviewed got suspended for a month and a half for wishing a girl a happy birthday, and because he’d lost 40 days’ attendance, he wasn’t allowed to finish that whole year. Seriously.
What I don’t understand is this: How is it that these students go along with this nonsense? Yes, getting through college is important, but it isn’t really all that important – 200,000 students do it every year in Tamil Nadu alone. ‘What could they possibly do?’, Nair asks. How about a free hugs campaign? How hard can it be? How many people will the college throw out? How is it that nobody has thought of this so far? Or why is it that nobody’s done anything like this so far?