|The Story ‘Ranga’s Marriage’ in the book ‘Snapshots’ of class 11 is a stain on the name of radicalism.|
A Revolution In Our Education System.
From a few decades, our education has undergone with a number of changes to a great extent; with mindset of students depending on their school’s ambiance and the education. The education further depends on what is taught and what is taught depends on the content in books. In the recent times, many of the NCERT textbooks are being reviewed to eliminate what may be wrong.
The same is the case with Ranga’s Marriage.
|MASTI VENKATESH IYENGAR, The author of RANG.A’S MARRIAGE|
But this story to a great extent has challenged the modern social structure of our country. This also raises a question of what is being taught in our school and what is being put in the minds of students.
Plot of Ranga’s Marriage
Criticism For Ranga’s Marriage
The story is quite absurd. A person who is of modern ideas cannot be manipulated in such a way as has been portrayed in the story.
2. Age Old Practices
This story is talking about age-old practices which are no longer relevant in the present era.
3. Promotion of Child Marriage
The narrator tries to run an affair between Ranga and Ratna although Ranga was of no belief about child marriage. In this way, the writer has tried to portray the radical ideas negatively. He has tried to promote child marriage. Moreover Conservatism is supported.
4. Useless Description
The story uses extremely diverse description of the village’s mangoes, ponds, leaves which is really useless. If it were a novel, it could’ve been relevant with the context of the chapter. But, it’s not logical to write one page of useless description in a story of three pages.
The way in which Ratna is described, wearing a grand saree is unbelievable.
6. Deterioration Of Dignity
It is impossible for a full mature adult man to fall in love with a girl of ten. However a man should see other girls as daughters or sisters if younger or mothers if elder. The story crosses it’s limits and deteriorates the dignity of human relations. If a person needs to have a good character he mustn’t read these sort of stories.
It’s extremely vulgar to show a young girl whelping babies.
8. Not up to the mark of literary beauty
Even if all the above stated points are disregarded we must consider that this story isn’t even good from the entire literature’s point of view.
9. It’s Twenty-first Century
It’s Twenty-first century man, we don’t need these stories for which the term ad absurdium too may feel less, but those which children might love to read. We need good stories.
10. Misrepresentation of Indian culture
The way, the narrator bribed and tutored the Astrologer to speak according to him also disregards as well as misrepresents the Indian culture. Indian Astrology is a science. Even then, it is showcased as a superstition or myth in the story.