There was this Professor, Mr. O. P. Bakshi, he used to take Political Theory. Somehow I attended almost all of his classes. It was the exam time, Paper had this question on Plato’s Theory of Justice.
I wrote; I don’t know what Plato’s theory of justice is, as you didn’t give us the original text to read. After reading some commentary by some Mr. X on Plato’s theory I think I’m in no position to comment on that.
But here let me try to explain my theory of justice …
I then wrote 5–6 pages, with few 2D & 3D graphs and a couple of mathematical Equations in between :)
Next week the professor called me to his office :) … He said; after reading the commentary by Mr. X you could have formed some idea about what Plato’s Theory would be like.
I said that’s not how I function.
I take Ideas from and listen to Arguments by X’s and Plato’s of the world and try to fill in the gaps in my theories.
Why would I be interested in knowing what a person 2000 years ago used to think about Justice?
‘Because you want the Marks’, he said.
I said; now that’s your presumption — everybody may not be interested in a bland piece of paper with some number written on it.
He asked; had I given the original text, would you have written about Plato’s theory? … I smiled and said, ‘no’ ☺️… He too smiled back 😄
He gave me B+, and that’s the highest grade I got in my 2 years in JNU 😊 — few of them were C’s and rest all F’s :)
After 2 years, I could’ve taken an extension for one more year as the maximum allowed period to complete the masters was 3 years. Had I wanted to stay in Delhi, JNU was the best option as they charged Rs 216 for the entire year of hostel stay :)
But I decided to leave for the Himalayas.