It was a rare confrontation. The educated, elite students of India took the law into their hands. The objective was to protest against the reservation policy that was to be implemented-a brainchild of a union minister, disguised as a plan for the up-upliftment of backward classes. Though it was a rare scene, it was not that surprising.
Everybody knew someone would pick the matter and revolt. When most of the political parties supported the bill, it was left to the students to call the shots. But, they did it in a magnificent way, and to such an extent that now, I am ashamed about the whole episode. The students along with other protestors took the goal as a much more important thing than the means. What could have a historic protest ended up being an offensive, shameful incident?
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The protesting student community showed its true color in front of the media as well as to the whole of India. Thanks to the over-excited media, the protestors got wide coverage and not even a single episode was left unnoticed by the public.
Maybe the protesting students are too young to realize the implications of the means adopted by them. It may sound absurd to most of them who believe that the goal is important than the means to achieve them. It may sound spineless to this rebelling generation-without a cause, to protest but with dignity and respect to colleagues and society.
As far as I am concerned, I am against any kind of reservation, anywhere in the world. Let the deserved get the applause and not the reserved. It is like what some feminists ask for. They call for gender equality but they need separate seats on the bus and separate queues. It is a paradoxical situation and does not have a solution.
However, right now, the discussion is about the means adopted and not the pros and cons of reservation. So, coming back to the subject, how can anyone, justify the show by the protestors. Coming out with brooms and faking as farmers and fruit vendors, with their white coats on, doesn’t augur well for the nation and it speaks how bad the education system in India still is. Doesn’t it also show how corrupted their minds are? Let us forget the highly educated Indians, and take into consideration the lower middle class and backward class. Even they will agree with the fact that the entire episode lost its meaning by very sarcastic acts like these.
There have been many incidents wherein students in medical colleges were made targets of sarcastic jokes and mental torture because they belonged to the backward or other backward classes. It is to be remembered that these students are the future doctors and engineers. These are the students who have the responsibility to carry forward the development of the nation. These students, in the future, will be considered only next to God by the patients and by a bulk of Indians.
It is a sad situation wherein these semi-gods are exposed. It is publicized that these semi-gods have their thoughts deep-rooted in discrimination as well as apathy towards other’s rights and feelings. If they had even the slightest of accountability towards the public, if they had the slightest of awareness of the patient’s agony, they would not have resorted to such highly condemnable acts.
The act of neglecting their prime duty of attending to the patients shows the indifferent attitude of the present crop of medical students. Is the pain of the patient nothing to a medical student? Is the responsibility towards the protest and the protesters significant than towards the hundreds of poor patients?
Questions are in plenty. Each can respond to suit their standpoints. Nevertheless, let us not forget the big picture in which these protesting students, backward and other backward students, politicians, patients, media as well as the future of the nation fit in. We should take care so as not to offend anyone.
Each has its own fears and worries. Everything should be taken into account. Let us bear in mind that each one is integral to the nation. Let each one of us do our duty properly. Only then, try to discuss even others. Let the politicians do their job and not of educationalists. Let the students study and not be lawbreakers and let the reservationists become deservers.
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