Fight for your Right of Cheating-Equality in India

In Indien formiert sich grade eine „Protestbewegung“ (sort of), die für ihr „demokratisches Recht“ auf Bescheißen bei Abschlussarbeiten kämpft. Weil die Sprösslinge reicher oder angesehener Inder dort prinzipiell durchkommen und dieser „Cheating-Gap“ – sowas wie der Gender-Pay-Gap, nur eben mit 1%ers und Bescheißen – mehr oder weniger systemisch ist.

"It is our democratic right!" a thin, addled-looking man named Pratap Singh once said to me as he stood, chai in hand, outside his university in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. "Cheating is our birthright." Corruption in the university exam system is common in this part of India. The rich can bribe their way to examination success. There's even a whole subset of the youth population who are brokers between desperate students and avaricious administrators.

Then there's another class of student altogether, who are so well known locally - so renowned for their political links - invigilators dare not touch them. I've heard that these local thugs sometimes leave daggers on their desk in the exam hall. It's a sign to invigilators: "Leave me alone... or else." So if those with money or political influence can cheat, poorer students ask, why shouldn't they?

BBC: The students who feel they have the right to cheat

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