The untold Irony and decline of Telugu Society
Telugu states are well known for spicy food, cinema craze, and American dreams. Everything looks colorful and satisfying. I am going to tell a story with many real examples to insiders as well as outsiders who don’t know what happens within the Telugus. This article is not to hurt anyone but for putting my observation and research by correlating the facts with the help of some statistics. It is an effort to self assess ourselves as a Telugu society. The great society with amazing culture once produced greats like Sri-Sri and Dasarathi is losing its soul. What triggered me to write this piece of text is the recent incident of Telugu students arrests in the USA for ‘Pay to Stay.’
Telugus are god feared, traditional people with a long well-known history. Telugu too is a plain language with just 60 symbols(16 vowels, 41 consonants, three vowel modifiers) in its script that can express all possible sounds in the Telugu language. It is a piece of cake for new learners!
The same set of people who are excellent and brilliant over many decades in the past are pushed into a delirium of thoughts and practices which can eventually cause the downfall of this high society. There are many reasons why the kids who are brought up in these states do not have ethical values anymore. Let me put them one by one. You will be surprised!
The education system in India, especially in Telugu states(Andhra Pradesh & Telangana), is destroyed over the past decade by making kids into goal achieving machines instead of turning them into team players with multiple skills. Parents and teachers are to blame here. Parents never trusted the government schools and put their kids into private schools. Teachers instead of making students grasp the subjects, they tried to push pupils to by heart the whole lessons. A kid’s goal is to get good marks. How you do it? They don’t care. Schools allocated zero practical classes to pupils. Syllabus and curriculum are way behind the time. They don’t teach the moral values in higher education thinking students are matured, and environmental studies are a waste of time. There are few bad practices Telugus adopted already and recapitulating currently which is sowing corrupt seeds right into pupil’s heads from their childhood. Let me give a couple of examples.
1. Seventh-grade public board exams (Copy as You Like)
When I studied my secondary school education in Kodad, for 7th-grade board exams, schools use to allow copying openly even with invigilator writing the answers to bits and blanks on the blackboard. This is because the same school hosts the exams with their personnel as invigilators. If a pupil gets good marks(by copying, who cares), it increases the average score of the school, which gets them more admissions next year. It is a survival trick by one school in the beginning, and all schools in the united Andhra Pradesh state(now Andhra Pradesh + Telangana) started doing the same. They bribe the squad who comes for inspection. This is the first message schools gave to kids that `you can do corruption for some advantage, it is fine`. But they abolished this system after a few years, but the students who went through this are infected, and there is a chance that they apply this principle whenever possible.
2. Intermediate practical exams
The whole world knows what happens here and now you too should. Intermediate is 11, 12th grades in Telugu Academy board’s terminology. There they teach theoretical Chemistry and Physics for students. Board advises colleges to include practical studies/examinations to experience what they have learned that year. These colleges entirely skip teaching practical studies and conduct practical exams just for the sake of awarding free marks to their students. It is like stabbing your eye with a knife by yourself. This process is happening still in Telugu states right at this moment. They introduced a new jumbling system(exam center shuffle), and colleges corrupted the system by coming to a mutual understanding.
If a system corrupts its students, they don’t do anything different when it is their turn.
There are many such cases where Parents + much-unqualified public/private teachers + Education System all collectively spoiled their kids who later try to apply corruption in all aspects of life.
Children learn from their parents. If a father drives his motorbike without a helmet or goes in the wrong direction, the kid tries to see and follow that. She thinks the traffic lessons in her social studies are utter plain garbage and exists only for obtaining marks. Coming to education and entrepreneurial standards in India, see here an editorial recently published in a prominent Telugu newspaper. It mainly says India lacks skills that the modern world needs.
Take a Shortcut Culture
Why people behave like what we discussed in the above section? Because Telugus crave for shortcuts. Easy money, easy recognition, greediness, inflated social status and no will to accept and analyze the wrong ongoings and drawbacks. A kid is always seen as a cash cow in the middle-class Telugu society. They see it as `How quick you can push her into a profession which pays them well`.
Parents decide what their kid is going to be right from their birth. This mindset is to search for which professions are going to pay more. In India, mainly in Telugu states, there is a common misconception `A kid should be either an IT Engineer or Doctor, and she gets easy money/recognition`. They found shortcuts right from the beginning. I went through the IIT coaching in my childhood by learning future curriculum syllabus upfront to crack IIT-JEE, thanks to my parents they are no exception.
This mass decision to get engineering degrees brought new business into the picture and politicians, and their aids openly established hundreds of engineering colleges and gave permissions to them in Hyderabad and other Andhra regions. Then occurred the mass exodus from degree studies to engineering colleges. The standards had fallen, and unemployment rose as there are few tech jobs and hundreds of thousands of graduates are left out in the job market every year.
A human brain has two hemispheres to deal with different cognitive aspects and knowledge. Telugus want their kids to use only left part of it and ignore the other one completely. It will be underutilization of the human potential and can cause a lot of ill mental effects.
We have many successful people shouting from numerous channels, but parents drop no ear. This is going to show side effects in the upcoming generations.
Sending a kid to football coaching is not to make him a world-class player but to grasp the idea of Teamwork.
Joining kids in a music school is not to make them take music as a career but to improve their vocals and to identify notes.
We(society) don’t do any of them in the role of parents and destroy a kid’s childhood by not utilizing their brains to its full potential.
This is the biggest culprit for the downfall of the education system. Ranks and marks are a priority instead of knowledge and skill. Let us say if two Telugu parents are discussing their kids(no other topic is interesting to them). Typical comments you may hear:
- My kid got X rank in the class, yours?
- My kid is doing a job/ went abroad, your kid?
- My kid is sending tons of money back from the USA/XYZ. Yours?
It sounds like two people brought electronic equipment from the same shop on the same day. One person is asking another:
Hey, my equipment is not working but yours do. why?
Parents treat their kids as the equipment they buy in the market. It worked for the other guy, so should for me. They don’t accept the idiom
Don't judge a fish on how it climbs a tree
Peer pressure is pushing kids into breaking all sort of laws and only concentrate on going to the next step of the ambition cycle. They instead of doing it righteously, are seeking shortcuts which are creating a business for many brokers(Consultancies).
Lack of Professionalism
Many youngsters who are gone through the above experiences like peer pressure, corruption, they bring those qualities even to their work. They take everything casual, are not focused on what they are assigned to and possesses a lack of professionalism as a habit.
In Germany where I currently live, people feel it is terrible and unprofessional to work overtime which conveys you are not managing office time properly. Overtime is strictly discouraged here, but what about the companies in Bangalore, Noida, Chennai, and Hyderabad. Especially in Hyderabad, one can guess what can happen.
If professionalism and teamwork are taught for kids from childhood, they grow up into well-behaving citizens. Instead, Telugu/Indian kids these days are not stressing on professional standards of life right in childhood at schools.
Believe passionately in what you do, and never knowingly compromise your standards and values. Act like a true professional, aiming for true excellence, and the money will follow — David Maister
Brokerage through holes in the law
Brokerage is not wrong always. Many big and small companies righteously do that. They solve problems of the end parties. They make stakeholders focus on their core business. But the brokerage which solely exists on the grounds of making money by exploiting the loopholes in the laws (at home & foreign lands) is a dangerous threat for the character of society and a bad example for upcoming generations. Currently, a multitude of such brokerage practices is being done by the Telugus in their states as well as in the United States of America (USA).
Example 1 [Interview Proxies]
A real case which I went through can baffle you. When I was at my previous company, they planned to hire a few contract engineers in the USA. My manager asked me to take the telephone interview with two candidates who are Telugus(I know from resume). On the first day, I took the interview, and it was a below average performance. On the second day(candidate), I was surprised to hear the same voice(girl) giving the same dumb answers. It was a proxy person from consultancy who gave the interview for original candidates. I notified my manager about the situation, and he never approached a consultancy again.
Why does it happen?
Many Telugu students who go to the USA for their masters end up in working rather than studying. Most of the time they spend is to support their expenses. But they forget the quote by Benjamin Franklin, a prominent visionary from the great nation where they live:
An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.
It is a bitter truth that few of my friends(at least four) who study in the USA asked me to write their assignments because of their busy schedules. It may be a common thing in the USA for various Indian students. Once they are out of college, they have no clue what industry demands from them and start approaching the consultancies.
Example 2 [Fake Experiences]
I am an editor of a couple of tech blogs. I receive a lot of fan mails. Out of them I also got emails from few Telugus who told me they had joined companies(with fake experience profile set by some consultancy) and since they have no idea how to work on a project(Python & JS), asked my help in supporting them. I denied that right away as it was not professional. I came to know that it is well-settled Telugus who run those consultancies and trap the graduate students and other youngsters into this false path.
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If you see the H1B trends every year, many Indian consultancies flood the lottery by which they can provide consultants to client companies and win commissions from them.
This is clear circumvention of existing laws of the land and making money by encashing the graduates who are in dire need of the job when they finish their masters.
Note: I do not blame Telugu students for practising above things. They are doing what others did blindly. It is an intentional trap set by well settled Telugus in United States to make these students work in their shops and fill up their consultancies.
The world is fine if a person/group knows what they are doing. But if society follows others blindly, that can turn out dangerous and may land people into troubles. If someone thinks they are doing fine but crisscrossing all laws on their way, they can have a big surprise in their way like the recent incident of the University of Farmington.
I have sympathy for the Telugu/Indian students who are getting trapped in this vicious brokerage system created by many Telugus in India and abroad. I sincerely urge students to think intellectually before following someone/something. Never lose your morals in achieving something. Success has no shortcuts, and we are not an exception.
I cannot generalize whole Telugus from the above scenarios, but a cancerous tumor can infect all healthy organs in no time. Please be careful!
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