Bringing matters to a head

It seems like an issue that is headed for trouble.

In a significant move, the Inter-University Board (IUB) on Friday decided to ban the use of convocation caps adorned by students and faculty during convocation ceremonies.

The Minister said that Universities have been given the option of using the traditional Mysore peta. Which means that either students either wear the peta or, as the cap has been banned, nothing else, is it?

In my view, he should have made wearing either the black cap or the peta as optional. Not in banning one to promote the other. Doesn’t this smack of high-handedness? It is also arbitrary by nature and assumes overtones of cultural parochialism. Wearing a graduation cap is a time-honoured tradition. It does not have anything to do with British Legacy. So what does Higher Education Minister D.H.Shankaramurthy mean when he says “Our idea of banning it is to change the British legacy?” History cannot be changed to suit conveniences, Sir.

Its common belief that education has become a racket in Bangalore and the government / minister should puts its collective heads together to finding a solution to the ills – donations, admission tests for nursery children, the CET imbroglio, students passing out of professional colleges and being unable to find a job etc etc – that plague it.

Not in making issues that feel like a headlong dive into unnecessary controversy!

What say?


PS: More information about the Mysore Peta here.

8 Comments so far

  1. M O H A N (unregistered) on February 27th, 2007 @ 3:23 pm

    Yes, the cermony itself smacks of western education.It was ok in british times when there were few students and had a party. Now even kingdergaten kids have this unwanted tradition (sic!).

    Shankarmurty is only right in saying that its western culutre. We never had such an showing off cermony that “I KNOW” in our culture.

    Why do you want to show another negetive and draw the attention away from the primary cause when you talk about Bangalore edcuation racket et all and this peta??

  2. Ravi (unregistered) on February 27th, 2007 @ 3:58 pm

    Whether it is a graduation ceremony or a passing out parade, its an occasion to show the world that all the hard work has paid off. In doing so, certain traditions have come down with time. Such traditions have nothing to do with “showing off”! If learning to read and write english, develop communication skills and express one’s opinion is to be denounced as ‘western education’, what does your leaving a comment here show?
    PS: Nice lift of the facts from my ‘Gaseous’ post, btw!

  3. Ravi (unregistered) on February 27th, 2007 @ 4:00 pm

    Wow, Mohan, that was fast. No sooner had I commented on your post on “LPG-Piped Gas” you’ve deleted the whole post???!!!That was AMAZING!!!! HATS OFF TO YOU, BUDDY!

  4. M O H A N (unregistered) on February 27th, 2007 @ 4:13 pm

    Dear ravi,

    Have sent you an email for that matter. When mistakes occur they need to be rectified instantly and thats what has been done.

    As you deemed it fit to rant about “things going to head”, I have ranted that this procession itself can be done away with.

  5. Sajith M (unregistered) on February 27th, 2007 @ 6:33 pm

    While it would have been fine to give the option of wearing the traditional black cap OR the mysore petta would have been fine, this move SUCKS bigtime.

    Next, banning english as the medium of education? ( I hope our minister sahib does not visit the blog and get ideas ;-) )

  6. anonymous (unregistered) on February 27th, 2007 @ 7:26 pm

    All this is just Pseudo Indian ism… It is these same people who probably say that talking about sex publicly is tainting Indian culture, the very same culture that has naked figurines in many of its old temples… the very culture that brought out Kamasutra.

    Maybe they should also ban usage of imported/ foreign cars, clothes of western brands, coke, pepsi… everything. Lets become a closed society.

    Indian musicians violating copyrights openly copy western music and put them in big commercial movies claiming that they were inspired by this and that. Many of our Bollywood movies are direct copies from Hollywood movies… is that Indian culture?

    Lets also defend corruption and prostitution for its in our culture. Did not Kings have mistresses?

    Lets also dump all the foreign technology that our military has acquired… lets lose the military itself in its entirety, its against our culture of non violence… or should we go back further and become a country of many kingdoms fighting amongst each other claiming that we are better than the other. Its our culture.

    From tomorrow everyone should only wear khadi *#@&(&^*&^

    We should focus on real issues education, releiving poverty, improving public health services etc and try and make the living of everyone in our country better.

    Maybe we as Indians fear we are losing our identity in the global world and hence all these kind of things are the result of this insecurity.

    Culture is an ever evolving concept, we should choose well, learn from others experiences and try to emulate the good & lose the crappy. Being open to change that helps uplifting our society is the right way forward.

  7. someone (unregistered) on February 28th, 2007 @ 2:35 am

    Now everyone can look like Rajkumar

  8. Ravi (unregistered) on February 28th, 2007 @ 9:34 am

    @Sajith: Well, if minister sahib visits this site, all he’ll get is a healthy does of debate & opinion, especially from me. Do they have the stomach to face reality?

    @Anon: Thanks for all your points of view. very interesting too. I agree with you regarding the last para!

    @Someone: My friend, IMHO, Rajkumar is THE true son of Karnataka soil and was a thorough GENTLEMAN! Everybody else are mere selfish impostors!

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