As if we have a dearth of issues that make our heads hang in shame and embarrassment on the international diaspora. We keep getting a new one each day. Why do these bizzare things keep happening in our country? Have we totally lost it? Why does a film production need to hide the waist of an actress via VFX in a song? And that too, in the same country that has shown open mindedness to accept a former porn queen as a household name!


In the name of tradition and culture, we keep doing every single thing against it. Islam does not preach to terrorize people in the name of Jihad and Hinduism never says that choosing to end lives in the name of an animal or love is okay. However, we do every thing – we become terrorists and execute mass killings; we lose our mind and lynch people selling meat; we kill our own in the name of either love jihad or honor killing.

In a country that is dealing with a million issues, including illiteracy, unemployment, crime, poverty, corruption, pollution and what not, the government officials are busy hitting the headlines for all sorts of nonsense.

Well, as an icing on the cake of brainless “news”, the Minister of State for Higher Education – Satyapal Singh has said that Darwin’s theory of Evolution is false and needs to be excluded from textbooks! He says that no person alive or dead has ever seen an ape turn into a man. I can’t even laugh at this. Mind you, this gentleman is “educated” enough. He has a Masters degree in Chemistry from Delhi University. (Yes. Sorry to say but he seems to be a perfect example of an “educated illiterate”). According to our respected minister for Higher Education, centuries of Paleontology and theories are all false because nobody went to a jungle and lived over hundreds of year to see an ape turn into a man.


Well, this entire episode reminds me of Phoebe Buffay from F.R.I.E.N.D.S. and how she had denied to accept that evolution or gravity existed. I remember how disturbed Ross, as a Scientist, had been. We all feel like Ross today or may be even worse. I do not have much to say than God save Us Indians from this crazy phase that we are in.

P.S. I am in a happy space because I will be watching “Padmavati” and not “Padmavat” because I am not in India. Take that Karni Sena. (This will help me overcome the trauma of the Satyapals of my country!)

By Surabhi Pandey

Surabhi Pandey, a former Delhi Doordarshan presenter, is a journalist currently based in Singapore. She is the author of ‘Nascent Wings’ and ‘Saturated Agitation’ and has contributed to over 15 anthologies in English and Hindi in India and Singapore. She writes on topics related to lifestyle and travel and is an active reporter on the tech startup ecosystem in Southeast Asia. She is the editor and founder of The Vent Machine.

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