This “good self” is definitely going to Khalsa College for the National Seminar on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality next weekend.
I just love the polite courtesies here. Everyone is Ma’am or Sir. Shveta-Ma’am, Dr. Jennifer- Ma’am. Even between colleagues in our office, the women refer to each other as ma’am and to the gentlemen as sir. Respectful accommodation is so soothing. On the other hand, I recently saw a gentleman touch the lower leg of the Vice Chancellor. I am told that this gesture (of touching the feet, hem, or lower leg) is a still used display of respect for an older or distinguished person. One student came up to me and asked if I knew of this gesture and if he could touch my shoe. I replied that I preferred another gesture and offered him a “high five,” which he immediately recognized. I said that, for me, high five represented equality and a movement together and upward– the future of India. I hope the future for us all.
I send “high fives” to my Ma’ams and Sirs at home! I will let you know about the trip to Khalsa College!