Now this is something we cannot deny. As Indians, we have been a victim of one or the other stereotype, agree?
India has always been a land of mixed cultures and customs. With these come a humongous amount of stereotypes, bag and baggage. There are religious stereotypes, mental, intellectual, and physical stereotypes.
Every person might have made (or been encountered by) some conclusions based on stereotypes. “The topper of our class might be such a bore!”, “that girl with those spectacles is surely a nerd”, “that boy doesn’t attend a single lecture, he is such a dull student”, “the student who is talkative might not be intelligent”, “the girl who appears to be listening to the lectures might be very intelligent” etc.. are the most common stereotypes we use in schools and colleges.
Why just in classrooms? Talk about regional stereotypes. If a person hails from South India, (s)he will not know Hindi and eats Idli-Sambhar at all times. People from Bengal are sure to love fish. If a person is Punjabi, he is very dim-witted. A person from a coastal area must love seafood. Goans are assumed to be alcoholics. Internationally, Indians are assumed to be lazy, uneducated, poor, and snake charmers too.
Coming to physical appearances. A fair girl is considered beautiful while a dark girl is not. A slim person is assumed to be fit and healthy. A bearded man is considered to be a Punjabi or a Muslim.
A person running an NGO is not supposed to use branded clothes. Doctors are not assumed to have a good handwriting. Thin girls are supposed to be on a diet forever. South Indians are classified as Madrasis. Indians are supposed to love spicy food and be superstitious. India is considered a land of Hindus alone. If the person ahead is driving poorly, it must be a woman. If the parents are doctors, the child must be interested in medicine, and so on.
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But are we really thinking beyond these assumptions? Have you ever tried to understand that “topper”? You never know, that person might be a good sport. That South Indian might speak impeccable Hindi and that North Indian might speak Kannada/Tamil/Telugu/Malayalam fluently. A slim girl might love chocolate cake! That girl dressed in western clothes may have immense respect for her roots. That writer might not be an introvert and might enjoy parties and socializing. Dowries are not prevalent in every part of India. Not all Indian movies are Bollywood.
We must come out of these stereotypes . In reality, they are quite monotonous. We should break this chain of stereotypes. Stop yourself from being stereotyped and stop stereotyping others. What matters the most is what you feel good at. Not what others expect you to be or do. As they say, not all fingers are alike.