Here is a thread I composed and posted to Twitter in September 2018. It went kind-of viral. I am rather fond of it myself because you don't often go viral for something you genuinely care about. And this I really care about. Here goes:
We Indians as a society look down on every job other than Doctors or Engineers. Though the level of being 'looked-down-upon' varies.
Unbelievable, the doctor never heard about the age old adage 'your freedom ends where my nose begins'.
That's FOE in individual space.
BTW, I’ve been a science and management student who became a journalist😜
That said, I have always held humanities students in very high esteem. There have been many occasions when I actually was very envious of them.
@vimoh I agree broadly with what you say. STEM professionals give little or no thought to humanities issues (of course there are exceptions). With their perception of enhanced self-worth over those who didn't do STEM, they cannot "get" the fact that they are uniformed or ignorant about social issues. When they get "beaten up" they default to visceral hatred of those who made them feel incompetent. I am an engineer, so I have some standing in saying so.
@vimoh it's also our lack of vetting of things and everyone who is elderly has to be deferred to and his/her wisdom taken as the divine word. And no culture of cross checking handed down biases. This goes across all cultures and religions.
@vimoh I read this thread 🧵on Twitter as well. It was indeed an astute observation. Being Science student myself, non-medical to be specific, I have observed this behaviour closely.
@vimoh I remember reading this when you had put it on Twitter and I liked it then. I was very happy to re-read the whole thing again. I can relate to every single word you wrote about. I remember what it meant to be scoffed at for choosing humanities over the sciences at the Intermediate level. I don't think anyone could have explained it better than the way you just did. This is something I care about a lot too. Have you written an article on it??? It would be easier to share on other platforms
@sridhar85 Thanks a lot. I did share it on my personal email newsletter. You can see it here - https://vimoh.substack.com/p/the-science-caste-loses-its-privilege
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