Sunday, May 30, 2010

I am a secularist...I support human stupidity of all kinds....
-Amit Julka

Friday, May 21, 2010

Oh that's so stereotypical

Around 5 years ago, when I joined engineering, a friend of mine, Chhotu(Abhishek) asked me where I was from.I replied that I was a Punjabi...To which he said "Yaar tum log kya roz bhangra karte ho?"....I couldn't help but laugh at his comment....But that got me thinking...

One of the most confusing trends of contemporary society is the contempt generated towards stereotypes. Most half baked liberals(like yours truly) frequently snigger at the way society annoyingly puts people into mental piegon holes.While some stereotypes are generally harmless(Kanjus Marwari/Happy Sardars/Alcoholic Punjabis/Intellectual Bengalis)...others tend to be completely derogatory(Muslim=terrorist,jews=conniving,Amit=horny etc)...

Now although I agree in principle that one shouldn't judge a person on the basis of his identity but when you come to think of it, stereotypes are partly a natural consequence of our own minds.The mind loves to make patterns and draw conclusions and stereotypes are just an external manifestation of our (lack of)thought process.

As far as self proclaimed intelligentsia is concerned, there's a glaring double standard even in their approach. While most scoff at negative stereotyping, most of us don't bat an eyelid when it comes to 'positive' stereotypes. Aren't positive stereotypes equally to blame?Why should all South Indian be IIT'ians, all Muslims be poets/musicians and all Punjabis be good looking(people often get shocked when I tell them that I am one!)...We are equally to blame for this proliferation of 'positive stereotyping'...And maybe that is why some SAB TV/Yash Chopra comedies are so pathetic...The acts are so overdone that it's not even funny....

So that's all I had to say...Gotta get my chicken eating, burping, dancing, drinking Punjabi self to work now....