An Open letter to the Administrative Authorities…

There is a good old trustworthy way of having things sorted out in the history of this city and its darn authorities. Problem identified, Problem AVOIDED, problem gone! (Read as forgotten)
Did i even mention about resolving a problem at hand, i apologize. I wasn’t thinking like the average chennai’te govt authority which makes me unconsciously productive.
I was doing some casual reading and I came across this random article on the Anna University banning the use of cell phones in colleges as a disciplinary measure. Adding to this, they also instruct people to wear this and wear that and not to wear tight fitting clothes that may look attractive, blah blah blah and everything. I’m stupefied, completely! Okay i know I’m too late to talk about this now but hey if we don’t talk about this who else will fix this?
I’m not a student of Anna university, i don’t work for any newspaper who pays me to write this nor do i have any personal grudge that i hold against Anna university. However like every average individual I’m concerned about the decisions, our so called authorities are making for us because some of them are out rightly low in thought process and analysis. So bad that you could visit the KMC Hospital wards and observe the patients blabber and you would not find it any different.

Illicit use of cell phones exists; yes lewd pictures of women, children and videos of private affairs in a bedroom have been sold in broad daylight ruining families, agreed. Does that mean that just because we find something could be used for bad we ban it? So do we ban knives because you can stab somebody on the neck despite the fact you need it to cut vegetables. How about electricity? I can electrocute people I hate to death right? Oh hang on, let’s ban water and build a massive pump to draw the waters out of marina and put it in mars because the number of people drowning in the sea maybe quite high in the next 10 years.

How can anyone be ever so dumb? Banning the use of cell phones because some punk from a rich family who was a spoilt brat put up pictures of him and his girlfriend playing sword fight with their tongues? That’s disgusting.

Technology like all other things exists to enable productivity and safety. Like every damn thing on earth technology can also be used to ruin and be destructive. Did not we bring in the helmet rule to make people aware of the necessity of it? Well yeah cops making merry and people hardly respecting and following the rule is a different issue but it is enforced and it is being followed partially at least now right? Why the heck can’t we do that on cell phones? Why not make use of technology to break things down favourably for the students? We are 1 billion in number and we have truck loads of technology freaks out here in this country and no as an answer is something we can’t take here in India when it comes to technology cuz we are pioneers in every field of technology.

The attitude of AVOIDING problems to eliminate them instead of addressing them the resolve them should stop. Telling someone to wear something is outright pure sexism and perversion. What people wear and do is their level of comfort. Yes, provocative dressing should be discouraged for safety concerns but jeans and t-shirts did not kill anyone. It’s the lustful eyes of people who consider one pretty individual as nothing more than an object of sexual gratification that is killing everyone. Why this? Again the problem is lack of sex education. We need it the most but we ban it because we find it not fitting into our culture. Anna University of all people could introduce free sex education classes to its students and teach them how to respect another person’s private space and make the day better rather than trying to do useless things like banning a technologically revolutionizing device such as a mobile phone.

I mean come on you darn administrative hypocrites, how more pathetic could this get? We don’t ever talk about sex but we are 1 billion in number. Somebody is fucking around, don’t you think???? Who is responsible??? Yes, us the citizen you and me are responsible but we never revolted against any ill decision of the authorities so why does not it take the authorities to make one right decisions amidst the 1 million wrong decisions they make everyday challenging our intelligence and common sense to the core. I’m sure most Chennai dwellers will tolerate one good decision. When we can put up with pathetic choices like building 3 lane roads but placing barricades every 100 meters and speed breakers every another 100 meters because you cannot control people over speeding.
Problems my dear Chennai authorities need to be ADDRESSED to a RESOLUTION. Please stop hiding behind your mama’s saree because you aint got the nerve to make decisions that are going to be hard on people. You brought in the rain water harvesting scheme because we did not care when you were kind to us and requested us to do it. Why can’t you just do the same for everything?

Nobody not even the president of India has the right to physically abuse another Indian citizen. However authorities you are gifted with that power because you are entrusted with that massive responsibility of making sure things work well all the time. You cops have the lathis and your rifles, you govt officers have your red, blue and green forms that can strip us off every right of ours and drag us to the streets. Disappointingly year after year, party after party, election after election, rule after rule you have not proved one ounce worthy of your responsibility that you have been entrusted upon.

I know most of you don’t read this because you hate computers and the few of you who read this will comment on this section as “Anonymous Coward” and M and F me all the way to your gleeful desirous content and be done with it. The point is if I’m going down so are you because you are my brother and we live in the same country/state/city and we use the same roads, drink the same corporation water, eat at the same places outside from kaiyyendhi bhavan to park Sheraton and use the same facilities and share the same needs most of the time. Think about it. It’s worth your time; you can count your bribe/mamool or think about which wine shop to hit after work later.
Peace, a concerned citizen from Chennai.

29 Comments so far

  1. tamizhan (unregistered) on October 30th, 2007 @ 4:07 am

    Well written Dilip. Cant agree more. I am sick of a majority of our tamilians viewing our women as cooks and as a toy for sexual gratification.

    In this one issue alone, we are very very backward in Chennai and rest of Tamilnadu. This includes my own relatives and friends, whom I am unable to change.

    Shame on us.


  2. Robin (unregistered) on October 30th, 2007 @ 6:19 am

    This has a lot to do with the culture of India… We were born in a place which holds that you are wrong to oppose an individual in power even when what he does is wrong.. [Management books terms this as – India as a place with high Power Distance] I was a student of CEG, AU during those times.. Still feel bad because i did not even raise my hand to fight against this monstrous rule though it was my right and a necessity for me to carry a phone.. Rather than fighting most of us decided to do it illegally.. Shame on me..


  3. udayms (unregistered) on October 30th, 2007 @ 2:36 pm

    I loved these gems –

    Problem identified, Problem AVOIDED, problem gone! (Read as forgotten)

    and

    We don’t ever talk about sex but we are 1 billion in number. Somebody is fucking around, don’t you think????


  4. antony rajan (unregistered) on October 30th, 2007 @ 2:41 pm

    Dilip,
    I don’t think you need to worry too much about the cell phone ban in AU. Because it is only put in paper but not into practice. I have seen many students (almost all of them) use cell phones inside the campus, except inside the classrooms. I have even heard that they use the mobile phones in front of their teachers and they dont seem to care about it.
    And on your other thoughts, I agree. Nobody has the right to poke their noses into what other people want to wear.


  5. Silanthimanithan (unregistered) on October 30th, 2007 @ 4:06 pm

    Finally, an article of substance on chennai metblogs.

    I agree with dilip. The morons in the AU management or any other form of government in our “Kalaachara Pudingi” state of ours have still not figured out the meaning and depth of freedom and liberty for the individual nor have they figured out law “enforcement” in its true sense.

    The only way they can think of overcoming “vice” is to ban the root cause of it. There is not enough deterrent developed in the system for bonafide offenders and abusers of law. As a result the common folk have to bear the brunt of actions of the rotten ones.


  6. Senthil (unregistered) on October 30th, 2007 @ 4:16 pm

    Well said Dilip.

    We are the biggest hypocrites.

    Here we can piss in public, but can’t kiss.


  7. Jagannath (unregistered) on October 30th, 2007 @ 5:51 pm
  8. Suresh (unregistered) on October 30th, 2007 @ 7:26 pm

    Wow nice post. Somebody is fucking around, don’t you think???? Who is responsible??? It all started with the kalagam guys in chennai and the INC in India policies aimed at benefiting the kins of politicians and their families. However, the fact is as long as we continue to mind our own business and do not think of the society at large nothing can be changed. Hey Dilip, I quite often see the pathetic state in which A.U is. If you turn your attention to a campus called IIT Chennai across the road from where A.U is the scene is really bad dude. There are 85% Brahmin professors in there.As long as casteism exists these kalagha guys will exist. When anyone under the sun in India get equal oppurtunity, then we can find answers to all the questions in our minds.Don’t you all feel we need to colloborate to achieve bigger hieghts and the greatest obstacle going forward is casteism which is deeprooted and laughs at us when we try to work together?????????????


  9. Arun (unregistered) on October 30th, 2007 @ 8:14 pm

    I do not see what use of technology in the form of a cellphone a student needs inside the class room? Inside a classroom a student’s duty is to be attentive to the lecture which doesn’t require any technology other than your own mind and brain. Banning inside the campus may be questioned for but I agree with the ban inside the class which is required. If you are a professor/teacher how would you feel if many of your students are talking over phone or writing SMS when your class is going on?


  10. Dilip Muralidaran (unregistered) on October 30th, 2007 @ 8:24 pm

    TerminatorTX: If im a professor and my students call and sms when i lecture it means im a boring nut and the audience im talking to find my speech useless. I have a handful of professors from loyola whom i can quote. We dont go to the loo to take a piss because we dont want to be late or miss their classes. Stuff matters man! If you cannot convince somebody what you are saying is interesting and worthwhile you are no good professor. Being interesting and sounding appealing are BASIC REQUIREMENTS for a lecturer. Unfortunately with reservation on caste basis in place we will never have a eligible and interesting lecturer in place. We will always settle for second grade professors simply because they are from a reserved category. We dont need reservations but we need AFFIRMATIVE ACTION.


  11. tsk tsk (unregistered) on October 30th, 2007 @ 8:25 pm

    and please stop with this stupid xenophobia… no standalone pubs, no nightlife, no modern architecture, no skyscrapers, powerless dressing, language restrictions, opposition to music concerts, appeasement of auto drivers, price caps on multiplex tickets. This 18th century thinking is only gonna let contemporaries like hyderabad and bangalore overtake us although we have a natural advantage over them. if we want to be a singapore, then we have to start acting like a singapore government

    government has no right to dictate terms on morality, on how much i should spend on movies, whether i can drink liqour made in karnataka or andhra, if my sisters can wear a pair of jeans in college or if my nephew can carry a phone to school or not


  12. Karthik Thirumalai (unregistered) on October 30th, 2007 @ 9:22 pm

    There are so many angles to this particular topic, I am not sure where to begin. I completely agree that government has no role in stopping individuals from using technology as they see fit, but it is indeed a double edged sword. It’s all about common sense and I agree with ARUN, there is no need for a student to use his/her cell phone in a classroom. Banning it throughout the campus is probably unconstitutional. It’s the balance between individual rights and the government/institution’s duty to protect the populace at large.

    Nowhere is this topic being discussed in such contentious environment than in the US. Here in the US, the debate is far from over and for the most part this exactly where India’s constitution came from. What do people think about GUNS? Can you bring guns to campuses? There is an argument that guns don’t kill people and that, people kill people. Although that sounds logical, there is so much more to it. Can you kill with a knife? ABSOLUTELY. But, guns are much more potent killing machines, it kills and injures much faster. We really have to find a balance, just because there is no law to stop us, does not mean we can do whatever the hell we want. I am as far way as you can get to an religious person, but consider this, in the US there are strip clubs all over the country, I really don’t think the women enjoy stripping, they do it for economic reasons in a country where there are plenty of oppurtunities.

    Dilip:
    You said “We dont need reservations but we need AFFIRMATIVE ACTION.” Affirmative Action is similar in nature to the Reservation based policy in India, they all tend equalize( atleast that’s the reason for it’s inception) past historical wrongs. I believe it really far from perfect and has been misused at different times. But, it did bring a lot of people from the shadow just like in the US. Again, this is a much needed conversation and we need to continue to resolve differences instead of blaming each other.


  13. Murali (unregistered) on October 30th, 2007 @ 9:24 pm

    Dilip –
    Just like our politicians, you are trying to link 2 things which are totally different and pass it under one law.

    Using a cell phone and instructing someone what to wear are 2 different things. I think you wrote a blog about the annoying habit of people using cell phones in cinema halls. Well if using cell phones in cinema halls bothers you so much can you imagine how much it will affect in a class room? People do not have the common courtesy on how and where to use cell phones, well if you don’t know how to, then the only way to teach you is by banning them. Further, I don’t know when cell phone became a fundamental necessity.

    Now telling people what to wear – you may have point. If you are girl/women you have to understand, what we are going through in India now is a paradigm swift. The view I have with respect to a girl/women is entirely different then what my parents or my grandparents had. I remember my grandmother won’t even let me talk to a girl. Do I want to fight or educate them on their views about women, I do but I don’t think I will win the war. So change is happening for the better but it won’t happen over night. My kids or your kids will enjoy the fruits of our labor, don’t stress it out now. We are under the right path.


  14. foo (unregistered) on October 30th, 2007 @ 9:32 pm

    Quoting Murali:

    People do not have the common courtesy on how and where to use cell phones, well if you don’t know how to, then the only way to teach you is by banning them.

    Murali, that policy would be extremely counterproductive. What if person A is an uncultured idiot who talks loudly on his cell phone and does not switch it off in class, but his classmate person B is a considerate fellow who follows cell phone etiquette? Would you advocate that B should not *carry* his cell phone to college just to prevent A’s phone from disrupting the class? I submit to you that education includes learning and doing such things, not just the stuff in textbooks, and that when a university of all places chooses not to educate its students about being better people but instead avoids the problem by banning cell phones, they are doing everybody a major disservice.


  15. Murali (unregistered) on October 30th, 2007 @ 9:47 pm

    FOO-
    Again, I think we are missing the point that cell phone is not a fundamental necessity in a class room. It does not matter whether Person B knows how to use a phone or Person A doesn’t, they both have no need to use it in a classroom.
    Educating a mass on how to use a cell phone does not come from the university, it has to come from the individual and I don’t think we are there yet in India.


  16. Dilip Muraldiaran (unregistered) on October 31st, 2007 @ 2:05 am

    Thirumalai: I’m sorry to say this but Affirmative Action is no way like reservation. Reservation brings in second grade qualifiers to the play field. Affirmative action is all about how to make the second grade players first rate.

    The latter is sanity, the former is pure crap!


  17. Ravi (unregistered) on October 31st, 2007 @ 3:48 am

    Dilip,
    If I am a student and if I start sending SMS messages when I think the lecture(r) is boring, I may be an idiot or an arrogant prick who does not have the basic decency.

    We have no dearth of such arrogant idiots. I strongly suspect you are one such person.

    Democracy or freedom without personal responsibility and concern for others will lead to unbridled chaos. Free and dumb !

    Anna university management does not seem to me to be too off the mark in enforcing these rules.


  18. tamizhan (unregistered) on October 31st, 2007 @ 4:28 am

    Ravi:

    So, you say that there are idiots who dont have cellphone etiquette, right? If you ban the cellphones, you let idiots stay idiots. But, if you educate the idiots, you improve the society we live in because:

    1) You have become more tolerant by showing a willingness to educate.
    2) The idiots have learnt the etiquette and they can pass it on to others (ripple effect).


  19. tamizhan (unregistered) on October 31st, 2007 @ 7:08 am

    Murali:

    I know people like you. You are ones that think if another person has a fancy phone in a classroom, that he is bringing it there to show ‘bandha’. And you cannot tolerate such people.

    If I have the money to buy expensive designer clothes and phones, I will do them and would like to flaunt it. If you have a problem with that, fix yourself because that is where the problem is.

    If all people start behaving like you, this world will be a dull and boring place.

    Who the hell are you to decide that a cellphone is not a fundamental necessity in a classroom? If that is the case a rudratcha maalai and vibuthi are not fundamental necessities either. If that puts me off, shall we ban them too???


  20. Dilip Muraldiaran (unregistered) on October 31st, 2007 @ 11:36 am

    Tamizhan: Well said man, well said. Every word.

    Ravi: The whole point of my post is to see people think like you, most importantly the authorities. Im glad people like you exists, which proves im no alone barking at a brick wall.


  21. Suresh (unregistered) on October 31st, 2007 @ 1:13 pm

    Wow nice post. Somebody is fucking around, don’t you think???? Who is responsible??? It all started with the kalagam guys in chennai and the INC in India policies aimed at benefiting the kins of politicians and their families. However, the fact is as long as we continue to mind our own business and do not think of the society at large nothing can be changed. Hey Dilip, I quite often see the pathetic state in which A.U is. If you turn your attention to a campus called IIT Chennai across the road from where A.U is the scene is really bad dude. There are 85% Brahmin professors in there.As long as casteism exists these kalagha guys will exist. When anyone under the sun in India get equal oppurtunity, then we can find answers to all the questions in our minds.Don’t you all feel we need to colloborate to achieve bigger hieghts and the greatest obstacle going forward is casteism which is deeprooted and laughs at us when we try to work together?????????????

    How many of us are colloborating and work without any bias towards casteism?


  22. ds (unregistered) on October 31st, 2007 @ 4:25 pm

    Today if you talk about caste it is meaningless. If you have the talent you can go to any heights whatever your caste may be.

    Defenitely these cellphone distracts the students. Ban is schools and colleges is a good idea.

    Regarding dress code there should be a code for both men & women. It should not be only for women. Uniform is a good idea as in schools.

    Dilip,
    Even jeans & t-shirt is a provocating dress.. because here men & women marry at the age of 30 & above. They have to settle in life etc.etc.
    Probably their first sex experienc is at the age of 30!!! (if you are well settled)
    That is out CULTURE.


  23. Murali (unregistered) on October 31st, 2007 @ 4:36 pm

    tamizhan,
    Getting personel are we? Well anyhow, so you are saying that Anna University should allow cell phones so that people can show off. Thats funny.


  24. AP (unregistered) on November 1st, 2007 @ 1:27 am

    Dilip, your article is very timely and I fully agree with your sentiment (but not your later arguments about reservation and I think you have spoilt your otherwise nice blog).
    My main point though is I feel it would be better if you do not keep intervening in the comments as often as you do (including in your other blogs) and let people debate among themselves rather than continue to pass your comments too. Just my two pennies worth!


  25. tamizhan (unregistered) on November 1st, 2007 @ 11:12 am

    Murali:

    You said ‘Anna University should allow cell phones so that people can show off’ in your reply, I didnt say it.

    Your problem is interpreting what you read. I am sorry, I thought people who visit the blogs are over 18.


  26. tamizhan (unregistered) on November 1st, 2007 @ 11:14 am

    Murali:

    You said ‘Anna University should allow cell phones so that people can show off’ in your reply, I didnt say it.

    Your problem is interpreting what you read. I am sorry, I thought this blog was for ‘SSLC pass’ people.


  27. Murali (unregistered) on November 1st, 2007 @ 5:46 pm

    Tamizhan-
    So what did you mean? You said
    “If I have the money to buy expensive designer clothes and phones, I will do them and would like to flaunt it. If you have a problem with that, fix yourself because that is where the problem is.”
    I guess you cannot even defend your own words, or may be you just asked your neighbor to type and does not know what FLAUNT means?
    First learn to defend your own words then you can defend others blog.
    BTW,
    Qualification for this blog
    SSLC Pass – NO
    Being a Moron – Yes


  28. ARUN (unregistered) on November 1st, 2007 @ 7:14 pm

    “Argument #1: The quality of movies has gone to the dogs people think their cell phones are better to look at.
    Counter Argument: This happened even in Sivaji Movie and Vettayadu Vilayadu! Am i to believe that thalivar fans think the movie is crap or Kamal’s latest successful flick was a bore? So i guess that nullifies this argument.”

    Dilip, I’m quoting from your previous post “tring tring”.

    Are you agreeing to this yourself by replying to me saying that students use SMS in the class because they are bored of lectures? Are you not contradicting yourself? Just because a second rated professor is not giving interesting lectures, you cannot behave like a third rated student. Do not pull reservation into this which is totally not related.
    I agree with this ban inside school and college campuses which is a welcome one. Even today my cellphone to me is just to be used in case of real need and not just to use it as it is available.


  29. tamizhan (unregistered) on November 2nd, 2007 @ 9:43 am

    Murali: You win, I lose.



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