It is of common knowledge that Academics is as messy as a white dwarf; a disordered, chaotic, frenzied world of knowledge where some people of superior knowledge try to (or pretend to) help some people of inferior knowledge to reach the former’s level. Institutions like colleges, Universities etc are set up across every nation for this supposedly fruitful divine purpose of knowledge transaction. They are programmed in such a way that the disciples (let us call the knowledge-seekers by that name) have to undergo great lengths to attain knowledge from their masters (of what is another question). These invincible masters are mostly invisible too and disciples mostly do a large amount of penance to find out their location by attaining ‘Divya Drishti’ or ‘Divine Sight’ in a loose translation. Such a way is the painful process of knowledge-seeking in the epitome of knowledge that by the time someone completes his/her own studies and step out into the large world of life, there will be none matching them in living in it!
These must have been the ways practiced in Nalanda, Takshashila etc and the great Kautilya himself has talked about the ‘Politics of Academics’ briefly. So, even before 3000 years ancient Bharata had attained knowledge in some of the frequent questions in academics. Let us forget about Chanakya and Chandragupta Maurya (before people from Comparative Literature start assuming a possible gay relationship between them) and step into the 21st Century and see how the new age disciples adapt themselves to the same scenario of knowledge-seeking. BC or AD, academics is academics; unchangeable, inflexible and unalterable in its ways and the knowledge-seeking ways of disciples have undergone but little change. ‘Sucking-Up’ is the most practiced way and most commonly seen among female disciples than male disciples. On the other hand, male disciples are used as errands, messengers, small-scale mechanics, dog-walkers (this author has witnessed it with his own bloody eyes!) and what not. Social networking sites have somewhat filled the communication gap (if there was any) between Masters and their Disciples. So, some disciples could use this as a space for appeasing their Masters. For example, in the Facebook, the master updates his or her status into a wonderful, meaningless smiley; 2 mins later one students ‘likes’ it. 3 mins later another one comments on it, “How cute.” 4 mins later a third one likes both status and comments on it, “;)”.
This is one way of sucking up through social networking sites. The Master, if intelligent, avoids the followed up comments and revels in his/her own business while the jobless disciple revels in the thought that his/her master’s mind is now filled with joy and boundless affection for them.
There is a third way of ‘sucking-up’ employed by junior Disciples against seniors. Sadly the author has to bring up the issue of gender again because this third way of sucking up is mostly employed by junior female disciples against the more or less ‘dim-witted’ senior male disciples. Beautiful it’s execution that in the beginning they take an immense amount of freedom by addressing the above mentioned ‘dim-wits’ as ‘brother’ or something else which can effectively generate affection but at the same time covers this deific relationship in a thin layer of protection for the females. How terrific this should be because it seems to be the most potential method for sucking up and the amount of dim-wits seems to have increased over the years. Here, the author can wind-up without saying that once the purpose is done with the ‘dim-wits’ these modern days ‘Visha-Kanyas’ (Poison Maidens) withdraw swifter than the beginning of the mission leaving behind the carcass for someone else to find or for the carcass to learn from this doleful fall.