Smoking Zones

The Indian Judiciary has taken a hard-bite at smokers. They have banned smoking in public places and they have imposed a burdensome fine. I believe that smoking is my privilege as I live in a democratic society. At least the judiciary could have shown humane kindness by introducing smoking zones. I have lived in Indonesia which is a smokers country. In all establishments including airports there are smoking zones. So is the case with Singapore and Malaysia. Sartre has said a smoker experiences the universe when he or she smokes. I hope the Indian Judiciary will introduce smoking zones in places.

Body Language of Modi and Trump

Recently Modi, Indian Prime Minister and Trump had a get-together in US. It’s interesting to analyze the body Language of Modi and Trump. Let’s take the hug. Trump is so stiff necked and showing a posture of defiance and arrogance. Trump’s posture hints at neo-colonialism. Modi on the other hand is condescending, obeisant and giving in. So crude is the handshake, an outcome of sheer, polite barbarism. Look at Trump’s palms; they are rejecting the friendly posture of a Chief of a country. Trump’s gestures towards Modi shows his attitude as that of being a primitive colonialist. The diplomacy inherent in the posture is an empty sign. Trump is royal and patronizing where as Modi is meek and humble. Is Modi is begging for patronage? This is quite unlike Modi who lambasts his opponents at public forums with clenched fists. I can bet that Trump is unaware of the Capital of India. Modi Sir, Please inflate your ego before Trump no matter what he is or who he is. Yes, Trump should learn some yoga to avoid being stiff-necked.

Native Speaker of English

Most of the international schools in Asia and South East Asia: publish an advertisement: ‘Wanted only Native Speakers of English from USA, Canada, New Zealand or Australia’. When I read it I feel a tinge of regret. I am from India and India has been colonized by the British since the 18th century. I wonder in what way my English is inferior. Yes, I am filled with jealousy and bitterness. Indian English has got its own reputed standard and many English words like juggernaut and mulligatawny have their roots enmeshed in India. Asians are very colonial minded and even after independence their mindset has not changed. There are many writers of India who are reputed. To deny selection for the teaching of English is mental barbarism and cultural chauvinism. I feel so depressed and letdown when I read such ads.

India’s Aspiring Medical Students

India is a country with teeming millions living in villages. There are many doctors in India who work in the villages for a meager salary. These doctors have been chosen by Missionary Medical colleges after rigorously checking them on their service mentality. Sad to say all this has been upturned by the Modi government who has introduced the National Eligibility Test NEET which tests the students only on their academic aptitude. I am sad to say that the NEET exam is very rote oriented. To be a doctor in India means to make money and that’s the attitude. Many doctors who have passed out from cream institutes have left for shores abroad to earn a lot of money. I know a student who after finishing her 12th grade worked with lepers and served in a hospital doing voluntary work. She qualified the NEET exam but her grades were much below so that she could not join medical colleges which charged a nominal sum. Private Medical Colleges in India charge exorbitant fees even for those who have passed the NEET exam. The Govt. of India has done nothing to correct this anomaly. Academic brilliance is not the only criteria for becoming a doctor. Dedication for the Medical profession is an important factor. Many students who would have loved to work in the villages of India and serve the people will lose their precious chance as they have to pass an exam which is rote oriented and not based on the quality and quantity that befits a medical student.