Akhil Katkar

Pune, India

About Akhil

Languages

English, French, Hindi, Marathi

Areas of Expertise

elecronic engineering

Comments & conversations

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Akhil Katkar
Posted over 3 years ago
Has the Indian education system focused more on content and curriculum or completely relied on the existing competition scenario?
I like the phrase "education to be more of a boat stranded in the middle of the sea than the Mumbai local train where you have to push the other person to get yourself a place, even to stand." What you say here is exactly what is happening. Right now, as I type this reply, I am in the middle of studying for one of my university exams, which is tomorrow. I am currently doing Engineering, SY. What I see around me actually paints a very sad face of the educational system. I don't know about other fields but in engineering, yes, this is the case. As my uncle puts it, "Any donkey can become an engineer once he gets admission in an engineering college." The examinations are just there for the sake of it. I can guarantee that out of the 60 students who are giving the exam with me not more than 5 will be able to answer simple questions like, "how a capacitor works?" or "how a transistor works?" ten minutes after the exam is over. Yes, they will score good marks in the exams, and will get a good job from a campus interview. But once they start working, they will be stuck there without any kind of progress. None of them will be able to take part in new research. But the thing is that the common man is happy with this. A permanent job, which pays you the monthly income. Work till the age of 60, retire and watch your kids do the same thing. Their aim in life is only this much. And as the majority of the population is happy with this, the educational system wont be changing soon.
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Akhil Katkar
Posted over 3 years ago
Is religion used to repress women's full participation in society?
I agree with you Mr. Walker. Yes, a great deal of harm is done to women in the name of religion. But as you said, we cannot put the blame wholly and solely on men. I would like to add my observations here in India to this topic. Here, in India, there are a lot of superstitions and blind beliefs in the backward and illiterate people. All these in some way or another affect women. Women are forced to do things because of superstitions. Like for example, no one is allowed to touch a woman during her menstrual cycle (this is prevalent only in extremely backward people but still...), women are supposed to do all the household chores, they are not allowed to do jobs or even be educated. Girls are married off at the ages below 10. Not all of these restrains come from religion, and not all have been forced by men. I have seen this in villages with my own eyes. And if any girl or woman tries to do something that she is not supposed to, it is the other "women" in the household or society who criticize her and force her to follow the restrictions. And then she has to do as told or else face a lot of criticism. This is just one part of the Indian population I am talking about (which by the way is also huge). You can find these kind of things only in remote villages in India, but that too is a big number. My point is that if women themselves pull other women back, then there is nothing that can be done. They need to grow strong and fight for their rights. If women do that, then no man can stop them.
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Akhil Katkar
Posted over 3 years ago
Is religion used to repress women's full participation in society?
Hi Dianne, Today, when we read religious texts, we believe them blindly (not me, as I am atheist). No one asks the question "why" if we come across some things that are irrational. For example, as you said, suppression of women. If we question the religion, if we ask the elderly people the question "why", the response that we get is simply, "Don't question the religion." The reason for such kind of a response is that no one knows the reason. The religious texts have been written who knows when and how many thousand years before today. There is no way of knowing whether they are authentic or not. And at that time in history, whenever these texts were written, maybe the women were suppressed and the people who did write these texts agreed with the suppression of women and therefore put that in the text. And today we follow the texts blindly without asking "why".
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Akhil Katkar
Posted over 3 years ago
A true effort is required to see the commoner of Pakistan by Indians, unblemished by the media and the bitter history both the countries saw
Hi Sarthak, I do like this idea of a cross border forum. It will help us know the actual commoner from Pakistan. How they react to our ideas and comments will help us to get to know them better and vice versa. The reason for why the common man here, in India, thinks ill of a Pakistani, is not the media though, as you say. For all we know the "Sansani Khulasa" is true. But even though it is true, it does not mean that all Pakistanis are interested in blowing bombs in India. The main reason for Indians' hatred towards the Pakistanis, according to me, is the fact that every single war that has been fought between India and Pakistan was initiated by Pakistan. There has been a lot of attacks on India since 1947. And the image of each of these attacks is still burnt onto the hearts and minds of the Indians. We cannot forget all the losses that we had to face because of them. I agree that the commoner from Pakistan can be a good person, but we wont know for sure until we actually interact with them. And yes, a cross border forum is an excellent idea.
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Akhil Katkar
Posted over 3 years ago
Movies - Overpriced Entertainment ?
I understand what you are trying to say here. But it all comes down to supply and demand. Like any other commodity. The audience is ready to pay more and more money to watch the likes of Shahrukh Khan and Salman Khan and Aamir Khan on screen. The audience just loves their cinema. Providing the audience with a blockbuster is the job of the directors and the producers. They are ready to pay the actors in crores of rupees as they know that the audience is willing to watch this particular actor or actress on screen at any cost, and that they can easily recover all the expenses and above all that earn their profit. Now if the consumer is ready to pay, why on earth would the seller give away his product at lower prices? It is the normal human tendency to earn as much money as one can. If they movie makers do not get as much response from the audience as they do get today, the cost of the tickets will automatically go down.
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Akhil Katkar
Posted over 3 years ago
What do you think of fear?
Fear of anything, I believe, builds up from either past experiences, past observations, or from the experiences and observations of others that you have heard since you were a kid. Now, if you have a fear of something, say heights, tackling it depends on how the fear actually was born in your mind. If you have experienced something yourself, dealing with the fear is difficult. For example, I have this friend. We were once doing some rock climbing without any gear in a stone mine. We had climbed down into the quarry and were looking for a another way to climb back up. While doing this, he fell from a height of around twenty feet. He fractured his spinal cord and had to take bed rest for more than a year. Today, even when we talk about trekking and heights, he starts to sweat. Here, he was the one who actually experienced the fall. We (his friends who were with him) were the observers, and you are someone who is reading about another person's observation. I believe, that unless and until a person does not experience it himself/herself, it is easier to deal with the fear. Every person reacts in a different way in the same situation. Everyone will not fall from where he did, but no one can guarantee it. You talk about fear of rejection, or losing someone. It is all in the mind. You cannot be sure that you will be rejected. All you have to do is trust your instincts and go for it without thinking much. I had written this article some time back. Maybe it will help. http://authspot.com/thoughts/just-do-it-9/