J. Jayalalithaa, the charismatic and popular CM of Tamil Nadu passed away last night. Jaya was destiny's child in every sense. An outstanding student in school, she might have pursued law for a career but fate had other plans.
In western countries, education gives one the power to question authority and think for oneself. In India, however, it only enables children to blindly parrot what their teachers and elders say. For instance, many years ago, when I told my school-going daughter that 'tigress' was the correct spelling and not 'tigeress' she fearfully told me that the teacher's version was 'tigeress' and she would be marked wrong if she spelt it my way. I told her firmly not to worry about the marks.
Hardly had one recovered from the senseless brutality shown by two Chennai medicos who flung a dog from the terrace, when the news surfaced that four medicos of CMC Vellore tortured and killed a female bonnet macaque monkey that had strayed into the men's hostel.