IIT Bombay, like most likely most Indian educational instituates, has some rules and regulations about the interaction between boys and girls that, at least to the uninitiated eye of a foreigner who was brought up in a liberal society, seem arbitrary and archaic. At IIT Bombay, for example, there may be no visits in hostels by students of the other gender (yes, there are separate boys’ and girls’ hostels) between 10pm and 7am, and during the day any such visit has to be registered at the
reception security guard. And when there was need for more room for girls and they reassigned one wing of a boys’ hostel to the adjacent girls’ hostel, they closed the connection by bricking it and split the lawn by a fence. With barbed wire on top.
I took this as a theme for a satirical inspection of these policies which comes to the conclusion that IIT Bombay is a very progressive institute that puts these rules in place as affirmative action towards same-gender relationships. After some discussion with the editors the text got actually published in the institutes’ bi-monthly newspaper “Raintree”, unfortunately only now, two weeks after I left India. You can read the text on the bottom of page 8 in the 6MB PDF file.
I cannot predict how it will be received, but at least Utkarsh Raut, who illustrated the text, clearly got the message right. Thanks for the nice and very fitting drawing!
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