Straight Bat: Dress Code, Civil Code And The Code Of Authority
On Oct 24, 2016
In a recent development, the Thiruvanathapuram Medical College decided to implement a dress code system to be followed by the medical students on campus. While on the surface the move seems relatively harmless with thrust on maintaining a professional standard, what shouldn't go unnoticed is the effect such a move will have on the psyche of the student population and society in general. It is no coincidence that the move comes at a time when medical profession in itself has been on a downslide with ethics giving way for profit, especially with the advent of a large number of private medical colleges demanding huge amounts to 'teach' even the not so qualified the 'art' of becoming a Doctor.
On a broader scale, a bigger controversy that has been doing the rounds for some time now is the attempt to bring forth a uniform civil code for the entire country. On the surface, this too comes as a virtuous move aimed at protecting the citizenry from communal fanatics. Yet the truth is that the desire to implement a uniform civil code stems from the desire of a certain authority/body to rule over the lives of masses, much like college managements wanting to rule over their students under the excuse of discipline when the actual intention is enslavement.
It is an obvious fact that the quality of education is on a free fall in our state. The imposition of dress codes in educational institutions has a major role in it. By imposing such codes, the institutions have a way to distract sceptics from the fact that they are not providing quality education to the students. Already the examination systems at schools have become more or less a farce. The situation is such that a good student is one who dresses well, and not one who understands the subject. By bringing the young minds under a collective rule, they are effectively chained to the system, arresting their freedom of expression in a physical sense, which then infiltrates their mental state as well. Which management would desire students who question the things that are taught and the mode in which they are taught? The situation is exemplified by the condition of BTech courses.
In case of uniform civil code, the issue is largely portrayed as a communal one, with the Muslim community portrayed as antagonists. Granted the community has its own problems to take care of, its insisting of people to follow certain dress codes and life styles being one of the many. In return, the Muslim leaders have blamed UCC as a BJP agenda to impose its Hindutva policy. That's politics and that's sidestepping the real issue, which is an attempt by a hidden authority to control the country's population. Mind you, this authority is not BJP or Congress or any other political body. They are puppeteers who lurk behind the shadows. By implementing a uniform code they will get a control on the psyche of the population and can manipulate them to meet their ends of the bargain. The so called decentralization, that is distribution of power to the local bodies, to the people, will prove to be a farce if UCC is implemented.
Whether in Uniform Civil Code for the country, or for dress code in colleges, the intention is clear - to divert people's attention away from the psychological aspects of the subject to its physical aspects, then control those physical aspects thereby gaining control of the psychology of the population. It's a dangerous trend, because order can never be imposed. Order imposed is only chaos in the making. The many bloody revolutions that have taken place in human history stand testament to that fact. Order has to evolve from chaos, much like the way India evolved from her chaos post independence. The move to impose such 'codes' in campuses and the country in general is purely an authoritarian agenda, which, however glorified, is a step back in the evolution of human kind.
Madan Sivadasan D (MSD)
Contributor to Yentha. He lives in Kochi but his heart beats for his home town Trivandrum. Absolutely no ambiguity on his views or in his writings.