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Social Change and Development in India

Students send protest letter to Kalam A statement by…, the vice chancellor of a University on an NDTV show, has sparked off huge protests among students…. The vice chancellor had defended his decision to impose a dress code and ban cell phones by saying students had welcomed it. But the students have denied supporting the ban. And in the first organised protest, they are writing to President APJ Abdul Kalam asking him to intervene. BOX 6.7

Source: http://www.ndtv.com (Thursday, January 19, 2006 (Chennai))

EXERCISE FOR BOXES 6.5, 6.6 AND 6.7

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Carefully read the above 3 boxes. What ideas do they convey about the phenomenonal growth in cell phones usage? Can you see any changes in the attitude and acceptability towards cell phones?

Initially in the late1980s, cell phones are being looked at with distrust (misused by criminal elements). As late as 1998 they are perceived as luxury items (only the rich can own it and so owners should be taxed). By 2006 we have become the country with the fourth largest usage of cell phones. They have become so much part of our life that students are ready to go on a strike and appeal to the President of the country when denied cell phone usage in colleges. Try and organise a discussion in the class on the reasons for the amazing growth in cell phones usage in India. ¾ Has it happened because of clever marketing and

ACTIVITY 6.5

media campaign? Is it still a status symbol? ¾ Or is there a strong need for remaining

‘connected’, communicating with friends and near and dear ones? ¾ Are parents encouraging its usage in order to

lessen their anxieties about children’s where about? ¾ Try and find out the different reasons why the

youth strongly feel the need for cell phones

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