Friday, August 02, 2013

Why do we need a second name?

Some of my friends have a very simple naming convention. They just take the father's / husband's name as their last name and thats that.

Last night, i was thinking, its such a lovely way. And then it occured to me: Other than filling up forms and reinforcing patriarchy, a second name doesnt do anything. For anyone.

It helps us slot people into stereotypes. It hurts the society by reinforcing the very pernicious caste system that we are trying to get rid of.

There was a brilliant Idea advertisement, where the protagonist comes up with the idea that henceforth, people will be known only by their phone nos. No caste, no religion, nuffink.

So, why do we need a second or last name at all?



Gentle Breeze said...


Mridula Harshvardhan said...


rainboy said...

get rid of religion and the society will prosper godspeed.

How do we know said...

Hi GB: Good to see u! and thank you.

Hi Mridula: thank you! trouble is, idea hi ban kar reh jayega..

rainboy: no, i disagree. reigion is the opium of the people, but its necessary. the abuse of religion, however, is purely optional.