The innocence of Dr Joshi
Former Minister for Human Resources Development, Science & Technology and Ocean Development, the Right Honourable Murli Manohar Joshi has declared war on the Central Board of Sex Education... um, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). Barely containing his disdain for the birds and bees, Mr Joshi has urged parents to withdraw children from CBSE-affiliated schools as the board has committed the grave sin of introducing an Adolescent Education Programme. The teen education kit talks about sex, safe sex and issues of morality.
Parents are likely to heed his advice, not wanting to corrupt the little ’uns who know very well that India’s billion-plus comes from the friction generated between swaying pairs of flowers. With Mr Joshi’s call, we’ll practically have an entire generation out of school. As it is, thousands didn’t make it to CBSE-ruled nursery schools this academic session. So, a sizeable chunk of India’s demographic constituents will while away their time surfing the Net to learn about aviaries and apiaries, downloading hentai and reading educational magazines from the Hefner stable. Which brings us to the conclusion that perhaps Mr Joshi is right. Between the CBSE and India’s textbook manufacturers, the proposed sex education package will probably put teenagers off sex forever. Far better to have an out-of-school experience like generations before.
But sadly, this is probably not what the BJP leader had in mind. He should, perhaps, get back to his days in academe where, as a physics professor, he supervised research on subjects like the acoustical behaviour of solids at elevated temperatures — all innocent stuff.