What does education mean? The fact that your family has enough money to put you through the grind and get you a piece of paper that tells every one less fortunate than you that you have the key to better pay than them? Just get a degree, a well paying job and be the same like every one else?
It’s a fairly common thought, check out what urban dictionary says …
Upside: A piece of paper you wave around to get free stuff and the right to make fun of stupid people.
Downside: You have to spend 18 years of your life taking it up your ass from school to get a lousy piece of paper.
The urban India is supposed to be educated, but is not. Oh we are “lettered” more than educated. We know our alphabets and can string them together to make a fairly legible signature and can if pushed, read …
Pardon me for the rant
Don’t pardon me, I don’t care.
I find myself outraged. The Guwahati incident and the Khap ruling, both coming in quick succession have shaken me to the core. I find myself looking back at all the things that I have experienced in my life …
A relative telling me very patronizingly “Good you are going to college. Grooms prefer brides with education; girls become mothers and should use their education to teach their children and save expensive tuition bills.”
When I enrolled for post graduation, my father’s sister was surprised. She asked me, “Why? MA karke roti zyada gol villegi?” Translation “Will doing M.A. teach you how to roll a perfectly round roti (unleavened bread)?”
In case you wonder, she was a graduate. My family is heavy on educating the girl child. But education, in my view means learning how to question, to analyze and to make a difference.
Women in my generation were supposed to be a support system, to the men in their lives. In many ways we still are seen like that. Teach her to spell, to read and write. She will become adept at reading and following recipes. She will also help the kids with their home work, and she will be a good conversationalist when her husband takes her out to socialize. In short, they were not supposed to think or act. Kind of like the video I have posted at the end of the blogpost.
I find the same thing now. Women are being attacked; their rights are being taken away. And what are the educated and so called empowered women doing?
We are screaming ourselves blue in the face.
Karma means action. God gave us a brain, to think and analyse, not to escape into the fantasy world on television. God gave us hands, not to hide our faces in, or to raise them in supplication. Not to beg, but to wrest our rights and dignity from this unsympathetic world. God gave us eyes to see injustice and act upon it, not to weep tears out of or flinch away. God gave us voices, not cry, beg and plead, but to demand our right to walk this earth with dignity.
We are educated women, we know right from wrong. We need to act upon our knowledge. Not be the same like everyone else … like these little boxes.