The Naked Truth can be Dis­tract­ing

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While it is heart­en­ing that the In­dian Army has ex­pressed re­gret to the Patna High Court for mak­ing can­di­dates write an ex­am­i­na­tion in March stripped down to their un­der­wear, their rea­son­ing for­bears some thought. Given the spate of in­ci­dents in­volv­ing mass cheat­ing in Bi­har, the of­fi­cials ap­par­ently de­cided that strip­ping was eas­ier than search­ing each can­di­date for tell­tale crib sheets and for­bid­den elec­tronic equip­ment. This cav­a­lier method is patently un­fea­si­ble for fe­male ex­am­i­nees — pre­sum­ing that the Armed Forces will work to­wards even­tual gen­der equal­ity in all wings of the ser­vices. There­fore, it is hoped that other In­dian agen­cies will not think along sim­i­lar lines when con­sid­er­ing time­sav­ing meth­ods to pre­vent cheat­ing or other ne­far­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties that in­volve se­cret­ing any­thing. In all like­li­hood, In­dian in­ge­nu­ity will find a way to get round such re­stric­tions too if the gam­bit is used too of­ten. Of course, get­ting down to the bare necessities has its ad­van­tages in other sit­u­a­tions, as has been demon­strated by the pre-open­ing suc­cess of the first Lon­don pop-up res­tau­rant with a nude sec­tion. The thou­sands who put their names on a wait­ing list for a three-month gig that can only ac­com­mo­date a few hun­dreds — with­out even find­ing out what’s on the menu — bared the dis­trac­tive power of désha­billé.

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