Yet another case of high-handedness of Indian politicians has come to light. This time around it was education minister of Uttarakhand, Arvind Pandey who showed off his overbearing attitude by insulting a female teacher right in front of her class. The minister ridiculed the science teacher for giving a correct answer to a mathematics question while remaining adamant on his wrong answer. The manner in which he spoke to the lady professor without an iota of respect in his voice left the netizens fuming with anger after the video went viral on the social media.

Arvind Pandey who is a minister in the BJP-led government in the state paid a surprise visit to Dehradun’s Mahila Inter College earlier on Monday this week. He entered the class where a female teacher was teaching her pupils science subject. As the politician was on a round to check the quality of the education in various institutions, he decided to ask few quick questions to the teacher. In a sheer demonstration of authority, he questioned the lady what would be the answer of (-) + (-). She replied the answer to be negative.

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Yes, we all can safely be sure of the basic mathematics formulae. But the education minister rebuffed the teacher stating he did not ask for an explanation. After being not satisfied with the answer, Pandey decided to give the correct answer himself. He picked up chalk and duster, walked up to the board, and wrote (-) + (-) = ‘what’. The teacher again said the answer was (-). But the minister who seemed in no mood to hear anything but claimed that the answer to his question was (+).

According to Arvind Pandey, (-) + (-)= (+) in mathematics but (-) in Chemistry, after the teacher said she is a science teacher and not maths. She had given a right answer but the overbearing nature of the education minister made her doubt her own learning. The politician was least bothered over the correct answer and continued with authoritarian behaviour. What was more shocking (read: disappointing) was the response of the accompanying official who kept quiet despite seeing the politician heckling a teacher with his wrong answer. If this much was not enough, Pandey issued a warning to the teacher before leaving the class. He was heard saying, “I am sparing you because you are a woman.” Well, we guess, there is still zillion of years to go before the education system in India witnesses an improvement.