Karnataka governor’s wisdom: Girls should give up fashion for studies

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 09 January 2016, 12:46 PM

Karnataka State governor Vaju Bhai Vala has landed up in a controversy by saying that studious girls should give up make up completely in order to achieve excellence in their goals.

Vaju Bhai vala said that - give up on fancy clothes and lipstick “because college is not a platform for a beauty contest!”

Both girls and boys are intelligent...To achieve something in life you need to sacrifice something. Boys have to give up their specific addictions. Girls need to give up their fashion. You (girls) come to college for studies and not to participate in any beauty competition. You (girls) don’t need to get your eyebrows done, apply lipstick or trim your hair...” he said while delivering the valedictory address of the 103rd Indian Science Congress in Mysuru on Thursday. 

However, the comments were not very harsh in nature and were made with a touch of humour. At the time comments were made, they were even welcomed with a loud applause by the audience, including girls, at the Crawford Hall in Mysore University.

However, a section of scientists, who were present there, were left bewildered by the governor’s statement.

“What does beauty or fashion have to do with studies? It is something personal. It is an individual’s choice to present herself in a specific way. Who said that a fashionable girl is not academic or intelligent? The governor was addressing the valedictory of a Science Congress. Instead of speaking about promoting science, his comments on girls were unnecessary,” said Pallavi, a student, who was present there.

First Published: Saturday, January 09, 2016 11:21 [IST]
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