Someone has rightly said that an educated people is one that lives with great understanding and acceptance. Using this yardstick, how educated is India? Or, has education been able to change the mindset of an average Indian?

From all that I know from reading and learning, I think education has done its bit to change the Indian mindset. From a time when our neighborhoods made preparations for burning a woman alive on her diseased husband’s burning pyre, that savage Indian has been able to think Sati was not a ritual that could please Gods but an evil. From a time when a Shudra was beaten up because his shadow had fallen on the road on which his landlord passed, that savage Indian has now learnt that caste system was another evil. From a time when a girl was not allowed to go to school, the primitive Indian parents have started sending their daughters along with their sons. Yes, education has changed India’s rotten mindset.

However, it is sad and disappointing to know that majority of Indians prefer to go back to a time when education was not based on science but on myths and superstitions. As long as they prefer the stone benches of Nalanda and Taxila over the endless knowledge on the internet, India will be 200 years behind America and Europe and Japan.

  1. What has someone said rightly about an educated people?
  2. For what ritual had neighbors made preparations to burn a woman alive?
  3. Why were Shudras beaten up in the past?
  4. What did the Indian parents of the past learn about schooling?
  5. What is sad about the present mindset of majority of Indians?
  6. Pick synonyms from the passage:
    1. Uncivilized
    2. Very old practice
    3. A practice that has no meaning.

Biju John is an educational writer, educator and the author of OM - The Otherwise Men. He gives live classes on Skype and Facebook. You can attend his 3 Day Classes (English & Business Studies) in Delhi, Bangalore, Qatar and Dubai. His Contact number is 91 9810740061.

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