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The Nepotism Debate

A Tale of Archie’s and Bollywood

The world of Archie Andrews and his friends, known to many as The Archies, has long been a cult favorite. The simple life of having milkshakes and hanging out with friends, as depicted in the comics, has captivated readers for generations. However, in India, The Archies has sparked a debate, thanks to a new movie based on the comic.

The Controversy

Indian filmmaker Zoya Akar’s adaptation of The Archies has become the subject of an intense debate due to its cast. The lead actors – Austan, grandson of Amitabh Bachchan, Suan Khan, daughter of Shah Rukh Khan, and Kushi Kapoor, daughter of Shvi and Boni Kapoor – are all star kids. Critics have labeled the film a “nepo kid fest,” a sign of the rotten Bollywood. Supporters argue it’s a storm in a teacup, and marketing experts believe it will only help the film because there’s no such thing as bad publicity.

The Nepotism Debate

The Archies movie has reignited the nepotism debate, a long-standing issue in Bollywood. But is this just a Bollywood thing? What about other industries and walks of life? What exactly is nepotism, why is it a problem, and why should you care?

The Nepotism Debate

Understanding Nepotism

Nepotism is the act of using your power or influence to get good jobs or unfair advantages for members of your own family. Simply put, it is favoritism towards your loved ones. It has become a subject of intense debate, so much so that the hate for nepotism has turned into an industry itself.

Nepotism: A Global Phenomenon

Nepotism is not just a Bollywood trend, nor is it a new one. It is as old as time itself and is widespread, starting with kings and queens. Over the centuries, societies evolved, leaders came to be elected and not ordained by birth, office bearers were supposed to be picked on merit, and companies were answerable to shareholders. The new system should have had no room for nepotism, but it persisted.

Nepotism in Different Spheres

Nepotism is rampant from courtrooms to boardrooms and the hallowed halls of legislature and judiciary. It is so common that it’s hard to measure and quantify. There is no nepotism index, but there is some data that gives you an idea. In the United States, by age 30, about 22% of American sons will be working for the same employer as their fathers.

The Nepotism Paradox

While it’s easy to point fingers at star kids and Bollywood makes a convenient soft target, just look around. 30% of the people you know are likely to have benefited from nepotism, meaning they got there using their family connections. So, is nepotism all bad?

The Final Word

Nepotism is called the enemy of talent, but what if talented children want to follow in the footsteps of their parents? Would you still villainize them? Some people have an unfair advantage, a head start, but in the long run, it’s their merit or the lack of it that makes all the difference.

In public offices, nepotism is a crime. In private ventures, it is almost a given. If you have money or influence, you will use it to help your kin. At the end of the day, connections do trump qualifications in the world that we live in. It is not ideal, but life’s not ideal, and in the real world, even those with an ideal head start fail, and those with no connections triumph.

So, for those who have the advantage, try not to squander it because you get only so many chances in life. And for those who don’t have the advantage, accept that you’ll have to work harder instead of complaining and giving up. There are enough and more examples of people who rose through the ranks without family support. So, go for it.

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