Shocking as it might be, the honourable member of Parliament of India enlightened us with a golden gyaan that 'Women don't need cellphones as they get distracted by them'. He even supported this belief with a real life fact that his mother, sister, wife and daughter have never used a mobile phone and all of them are doing just fine. What seemed to be fake news or a mere satire on our leaders turned to be a truth blazing out of all the news channels on national TV and newspapers.
What shocked me the most was BSP Supremo, Behan Mayawati, being a woman didn't take any offence. Anyway, that is a story for another day. The point is, we continue to elect uneducated, technologically challenged torchbearers of patriarchy to sit on our heads and do a tandav. For them, it is a win-win situation. They make money, they blurt out dirt from their mouths as if no one is watching, they indulge in everything that is sinful and mostly, never have to pay a price for all that.
We suffer the consequences of our fellow country-men's choices. We are embarrassed in public, when the international media catches remarks such as the above. We're displaying this kind of an image of our nation; add to it the corruption all around, the crimes against women, etc. Which sane person, who hasn't been to India, would like to believe that we are no more a country of snake charmers? Forget about being called a rising superpower, are we as a nation even fit to be called a 'developing nation’?
Education can teach certain things, but can't really teach a society, right from wrong. This has to come from within or maybe, imbibed during the formative years of a child. I don't know how to go about teaching these insecure men, how far evolved today's women are. One thing I know for certain is, unless it is wired into their brains that they can't go about playing their patriarchal chords everywhere, not much is going to change.