Ola CEO Criticizes Use Of Gender-Neutral Pronouns, Says We Are Copying The West, Gets Schooled

There are people amongst us who identify as non-binary. This means that their gender identity does not exclusively align with either male or female. They may identify as both, neither, or a varying combination of both. So to use the pronouns he/him/his or she/her/hers won’t be accurate. Hence, non-binary people use they/them/their as their pronouns. Gender-neutral pronouns offer a way for people to express their gender identity authentically and for others to affirm and respect that identity. This creates a more inclusive and respectful environment for them.

In fact, if you look at several Indian languages, say for example Hindi, there are gender-neutral pronouns in use. ‘Unhe’, ‘Unke’ and ‘Unse’ are gender-neutral pronouns. So to call the use of gender-neutral pronouns a “western concept” would be grossly inaccurate.

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However, Bhavish Aggarwal, the CEO of Ola Cabs, in a recent post on X wrote how he hopes that the “pronoun illness” doesn’t reach India, insinuating that we are copying the West when it comes to learning and using gender-neutral pronouns.

“Hoping that this ‘pronoun illness’ doesn’t reach India. Many ‘big city schools’ in India are now teaching it to kids. Also see many CVs with pronouns these days. Need to know where to draw the line in following the west blindly!”

Have a look at his post here:

However, several people online schooled him on the necessity to use gender-neutral pronouns in the first place. Using someone’s preferred gender-neutral pronouns shows respect for their identity and validates their sense of self. Also, with changing times, language also changes. Why is it easy for people to use words like ‘delulu’ and ‘rizz’ but not they/them pronouns?

Language evolves with societal changes. As our understanding of gender identity expands, so does our linguistic toolkit.

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