Right’s just not right when you are left-handed…
Scientifically, it has been said that the left-handers have a dominant right brain making them them more intuitive, creative, thoughtful and subjective while the right-handers with a dominat left brain are more logical, analytical and objective.Apparently, only 12 per cent of the world’s population are left-handed. A lot of people believe that left-handers are dexterous and possess a higher level of ingenuity than that of the others.
But somehow, the Indian society pathetically focuses on age-old stigmas and defunct ideologies, as a result of which the left-handers are being condescended upon. In order to fit into the societal stereotypes, parents, on detecting at a young age that their children are left-handed, force them out of their natural tendency and inculcate in them the habit of using their right hand to eat.
It is a fact that changing a natural left hander into a right hander has starkly noticeable effects on the concerned person. Forcing them to use the right hand increases the activity on their less dominant left brain wherein the person is forced to think logically rather than creatively which is his innate ability. Their brain functions slower and they are not able to achieve their full potential. While changing a lefthander into a right hander has drastic effects on the abilities of the person, those who haven’t been changed have to face the insinuations hinted by the mindless old timers, who unfortunately, form a rather large part of the society. When they eat using their left hand in social or religious gatherings like marriages etc, they are fraught with nasty glances thrown at them from all directions. How can they eat peacefully when being gawked at spitefully? The principle of life, rather than being based on age-old beliefs, should be based on the age-old adage: Live and let live.
AISHWARYA SIVAKUMAR, III Year, B.Com, Accounting and Finance, MOP Vaishnav College for Women
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