Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Ragging in Educational Institutes

Post written by Anshul Gupta. Follow me on twitter.

Ragging: It is one of the issues which is paralyzing our society now a days austerely. And I think nothing can define it more precisely. Lots of lives have been lost to it but this menace is still continuing. And that’s in an educated environment like college & school. Why it is so? I consider it to be a major topic of debate but more importantly it is a major subject of introspection, if we proudly consider ourselves to be human while remaining voiceless.

History of Ragging

Let me start with the history of ragging, how it started in educational institutes? And how is still uncontrollable even after so much of awareness creation and law making done by the government?

There is no evidence when & where it started but when educational institutes were happening to burgeon around the world, more and more student were becoming educated. Parallel to that complexity & hard work needed in education grew. Students were required to be better equipped to beat the competition. Then gradually a trend started to subdue some of the burden of higher education by allocating a little work to the juniors. Lethargy had become one of the synonyms of those peoples. Soon those ways of allocation of ones own responsibility went physical from psychic methods. And then more innovative strategies were brought into picture like: ghajni hair cuts, slapping, forcing to do obscene acts and million more….In a euphemism people named ragging as a way of interaction between seniors & juniors. Here objective was clear but intentions were wrong. I myself have seen student being molested. Both girls and boys are equally prone to this malpractice enjoying complete impunity even under the law!!!

Psychic Reasons behind

Many psychologists around the world have observed several psychological facts behind the making of this phenomenon termed ragging. Some of them, from their studies & my own understanding are given here:

 People who face ragging tend to rag others when come on driver’s seat; this is the most prominent reason behind its permanence.

 Weak; either physically or mentally people tend to join this malarkey.

 Lean family background and improper caring during childhood of a person is sometimes greatly responsible for ragging others.

 People now these days consider it to be a fashion statement.

 One reason which makes controlling this menace largely impractical (that people don’t consider) is that in almost all colleges ragging is virtually supported by the faculty itself of the college. I tried to find out the reasons behind. And the answer is –To stop the possible arrogant behavior of juniors before faculty.
Ragging does the job of terrorizing students while they are in their launch so that future will see more responsible acts by them in front of their faculty. I call those faculties- “Respect Mongers”, who don’t care about doing their own job sincerely, rather more anxious about getting artificial respect!!! Believe me, if these people (faculties) have real worth in them to be respected, they will get it in abundance.

Some Myths about Ragging

Before I call it, let me Wright in for you some myths about ragging that people believe to be truths. These are:

 Ragging is the best & fastest way to build junior-senior relationship.
No. How you can think about an honest relationship, when the basic building block of the relationship is inhumanly treacherous? If somebody really wants to make a healthy senior-junior relationship, then please help them (juniors) rather then troubling them.

 Ragging makes a junior tough & smarter. So face it.
Complete rubbish. Do you think all the successful people who are tough or smart, because of ragging? Ragging is a tool in the hands of seniors for making fun of juniors & nothing else.

 Ragging increases the respect of seniors in the minds of juniors.
Believe me. Nothing can be more false than this. As I wrote earlier in case of faculties of colleges. They (juniors) are seeing the real you!!! Behind every, so called respect a seniors gets, there is long list of f**king things, that a senior would never love to hear.

One thing that is always true of ragging. It takes away the humanity of a human by an inhuman…

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