A highly educated person, Purabi Chakraborty M.A (Eng), B. Ed, D.E.L.T has defined the modern Indian girl as self-centered, selfish and career oriented in a textbook meant for secondary and higher secondary students of CBSE. We couldn’t believe our eyes but check the entire two-paged description below to believe it.
"A modern girl is too selfish to think about others. Only latest fashion and cosmetics are dear to her". A textbook intended for ICSE & CBSE board by a nanny called Purani Chakraborty. #Shameless #trash @derekobrienmp @HRDMinistry #cisce #CBSE @TheOpIndian @Manekagandhibjp pic.twitter.com/8BsAM5haYS
— Soma Basu (@sbasu_in) August 20, 2018
DON’T FORGET TO READ EACH AND EVERY WORD AND LINE.
First of all, why is there even a need to define a girl? Modern is not even an adjective that should be used along side a girl. Every girl is different with different ideologies, different lifestyles, and most IMPORTANTLY HER OWN CHOICES! It is sad and entirely disgusting to see how the Indian education system has degraded and gone to the pits with content and content management. We wonder where these textbooks pass through before being published :/
It is a storm on the social media and tweeters, opinion makers have brought it to light of HRD ministry.
What a disgusting definition of modern girl! Students should unlearn this if already they have learned from the book. pic.twitter.com/MONJdSFbkh
— taslima nasreen (@taslimanasreen) August 21, 2018
Wow this is not parody. The definition of a "modern girl" in a school essay book, via @mtanmay from the wall of Abhik Hazra. Modern girls are apparently "self-centred creatures". https://t.co/6cNunsA4ME pic.twitter.com/HMnX4QTlrx
— Rituparna Chatterjee (@MasalaBai) August 20, 2018
Seriously though my life would be so much better had I received training on how to be this modern girl clearly I'm doing it wrong https://t.co/BC1yggYLc2
— Amba (@MumbaiCentral) August 22, 2018
Excerpt from the text book that has loosely defined an entire league of girls:
She has no hesitation in talking to men and feels no need to be reserved and shy.
She is always imitating the male fashion, ambition, and professional endeavors.
She is more a self-centered creature.
It is true that the parents are partly responsible for the self-centered nature of their daughters.
She is not ready to confine herself within the four walls of her home.
Keeping all the catchy and just-cannot-be-missed grammatical errors aside, let us take a moment to think what would go on in the minds of young students who unluckily or forcefully read such content from their textbooks. Boys and girls will start stereotyping each other more than they already do. Let’s accept it, we try harder each day but a woman (the author of the book) stereotyping another group of women is unfathomable. We should not forget, young minds have a great grasping and analytical power, but our educational institutions as primary as schools fail to nurture such power.
There are numerous concerns that hover us.
Is this education? Does anyone have the right to define any girl? Are our appointed leaders and politicians doing enough of what they promised on the educational front? What is the quality of education our children receive at India’s top notch schools with the top-notch boards? Is the content of the books given in school safe to read?