[Assam] Convocation Gowns 'Barbaric Colonial Relics':???
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Fri Apr 2 22:13:24 IST 2010
The following news from India:
My question is why is it BARBARIC? It could be a whole lot of
things, but BARBARIC ? Is it that damned English language dogging Sri
Ramesh too? Or am I missing something?And if that particular tradition
is BARBARIC, or otherwise un-Indian and thus undesirable, then why
pick on a gown? Why not throw out the entire Indian system of
governance? That has had a far worse impact on Indian life than
anything else. There are many more undesirable traits that Indians
have willingly accepted from their past colonial masters, its own
colonial outlooks standing out for all to see.
Convocation Gowns 'Barbaric Colonial Relics': Ramesh
BHOPAL | APR 02, 2010
Stoking a potential controversy, Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh
today called as "barbaric colonial relics" the practice of wearing the
traditional coloured robe at convocation ceremonies and publicly
removed his own gown at one such event.
"I still have not been able to figure out after 60 years of
Independence why we stick to this barbaric colonial relics," Ramesh
said while addressing students at the seventh convocation of the
Indian Institute of Forest Management (IIFM).
"I believe that these traditions are going on for ages and it is not
at all necessary and not proper. With time we have to change and I
strongly feel that this convocation dress should be changed," said
"Why do they wear caps, just to throw them in air for photographs," he
However, when his attention was drawn towards similar demands raised
by two BJP ministers (Kailash Vijaywargiya and Archana Chitnis) in
Indore last year during the convocation ceremony of Devi Ahilyabai
Vishwa Vidyalaya (DAVV) that instead of gowns, degrees should be
conferred in traditional dhoti-kurta, Ramesh said he don't want to
involve himself in 'Swadeshi versus Videshi' (Indian versus foreign)
Ramesh also posed a question as to why there cannot be a convocation
with everyone sporting a simple dress.
"Why we cannot have a convocation in simple dress instead of coming
dressed up as medieval vicars and popes," he asked, as he removed his
gown worn over his trademark white kurta.
Ramesh's dramatic action drew a loud applause from the assembled
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