1.”International Relations”, what is it?
The deadliest of them all!! No matter, into whichever social occasion you set your foot, there is obviously going to be some or other of those ‘know it all yet totally dumb’ uncles or aunts who are sure to bombard you with this scary question and no matter how much you explain them they refuse to be content.
And the weirdest of the situations, when people of your own age group ask you things like, “ohh so is it a part of English Honors itself?’
‘No, it is a part of Sanskrit honors!’ and ‘you are indeed the most well read citizen of the biggest democracy in the world’, should be the ideal answer!
2. So, the next diplomat, huh?
Yes, of course every student of International Relations is the prodigy who would not only crack the toughest exam in the country (IAS), but also make it to the top lot of same, to be into IFS!!!!!! It’s so easy for us you see!
3. Ohhh so, you want to be a Politician! The next Modi?
Choosing the subject indeed portrays my fascination towards politics, but does not necessarily mean that 10 years later, I would land up at your doorstep with my gang of goons, asking/ threatening you and your family for votes, relax!
P.S: Every politician in this country of billions does not end up becoming the Prime Minister!
4. When are you going to like and comment on the piece I wrote for this FAMOUS publication, on INDIA’s foreign policy?
It is indeed pleasant to see people not belonging even remotely to any aspect of the subject or even to any closer subject take an interest in the issues of the subject, but there are things, which you need to get a better impression of, Firstly, online blogs, no matter how ‘famous’ DO NOT CONSTITUTE AS TECHNICAL PUBLICATIONS!, I wish peer reviewed journals too would someday accept, the shit you blatantly copy pasted from the internet without understanding, as a noteworthy piece and Secondly, stop comparing my publications with your ‘blog posts’ or my knowledge of the subject with your reading; technical education of the subject in an university for 3+2 years will never equal your ‘self learning’ of the subject.
P.S: if you are requesting me so much, I would definitely comment on this post, but please promise me, you will not delete/ask the admin to delete my posts afterwards, please?
5. a) Will you please recommend my name for the position of **** to the ***** think tank of politics and international relations (although I do not belong to the subject, I understand it and have been published)?
Will you recommend my name for the position of a surgeon at the nearby hospital? Although, I am not a professional doctor, I am an expert when it comes to cutting things apart and scored an ‘A’ grade in knitting in the high school SUPW class
b) Do you know I got selected for the position of **** to the ***** think tank of politics and international relations?
God bless the future of that think tank!
In a country where everyone professes ‘free knowledge’ as self proclaimed experts on issues like border disputes over Kashmir or the Gorkhaland, the proper acknowledgement of the discipline which formally deals with such issues is not a big demand. Neither is the request to stop taking the same for granted a gruesome one.
It is not very late for the average Indians to start broadening their knowledge and realize that the only subjects apart from engineering, medical and chartered accountancy or MBA are not English or Economics; there are several other disciplines which form the stream of humanities.
The Present government has already announced its outline planning of opening IITs in every state, I wish similar attention was given to the sphere of arts and humanities especially to the least propagated subjects like International Relations and several more centers of these subjects are initiated across the country.
On a serious note, India fortunately has a politically conscious citizenry; however the emphasis on external affairs happens to be equally less. The nation badly needs a greater number of talented, altruistic and honest diplomats in the long run and it is high time, it stops losing the brightest of minds abroad due to lack of consciousness and nurturing.
By: Abhismita Sen