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A thorn inside the flower

February 22, 2010

I like my college days. I love what all I did in my college. There is not a single thing I dread about my college life which includes my studies. Many of you will feel the same. But one thing that irks me when I think about college is RAGGING. People who rags their junior defends that its just for fun. But in no dictionary it is stated as fun. According to wikipedia it means abusing, and by free online dictionary it is teasing.

So why I have to post it now when I had lot of days before and have lot more ahead. This incident happened in the Bharath university made me to write this post. In this case senior students asked for money from juniors and when they refused they have got beaten up. When the police nabbed the offenders, college administration comes to the rescue and no action were taken from their side and by Police also.

I am not believing everything said by the juniors who said to be affected. But I don’t say these are all not happening. The thing is, is it a birth right of seniors to get money and all the goodies from juniors? Who are they to dictate the terms in a college? Is there not a better way introduce themselves to fellow juniors? if this is the only way they know to get introduced I feel there is no need for any relationship between them. There are some dreadful hostel stories where the students conducting some beating sessions for pure fun. And it’s happening in Medical and Engg colleges!!! The guys who were studying their heart out for more than a year to enter those professional colleges doing this. Quite an unacceptable reality. It really sucks when I hear about them. Some of their activities in the name of ragging really really unimaginable. Read this news about the death due to ragging in 2004. How they stoop to those levels. What makes them so arrogant, rude and so merciless??? I think its about the system. Because they are not taking a single step to punish them and eradicate this practice.

Consider the case, the police will not register a case because it will spoil the future of the students. I can’t call somebody who runs around with hockey stick just because one didn’t given him 500 rupees which he surely doesn’t deserve as a student. I don’t see any future for them in this world. What kind of person we will get from our education system after 21 years?

Police can be forgiven. Because they does this on the basis of humanity grounds. But I couldn’t tolerate the behaviour of the college administrators. Those money minded goons just doesn’t let these things coming out or taking action against the students who were indulging in this practice to avoid their college name from getting tarnished. I never seen or heard about a student being dismissed from college for the unacceptable behavior but heard a lot about deaths due to ragging. And the way I see it, a person’s life is very important than one’s education.

If the medical student Navarasu, a medical student belong to Tamil nadu was not killed the present situation would have been so worse. I hate to say this but thats the truth. But still a lot of improvement should happen in the situation prevailing now. Still students were committing suicides as they couldn’t bear the tortures in the name of fun. I strongly feel that some students should be dismissed from the college for ragging that should be made news in a big way which will send down shivers to all of the students who were studying.

Visit this site which talks about the ragging and there is news for every single week. There are a lot which go unnoticed. 😦 😦

There are many cases go unreported. And I am the one. Though I am not the worst affected by that, still there are days I hated and stressed out by this. I still don’t recognize a senior guy as a human for any matter. According to me, he is a scum. By looks he is smart, but in behavior I am yet to meet a lowly person than him. I could say that’s the case with the SENIOR guys who were running around with Hockey sticks. And I can tell that I never ever harmed any of my juniors. I talked with them, shared a lot during my bus journey but never in my thought I wanted to hurt them. And they are many seniors who didn’t hurt me too. They guided me. They showed the way which I followed and many of my friends.

Watch this video which explains about the ragging experienced by a first year student who turns around to change the custom in his second year. Hope everybody goes like this.

21 Comments leave one →
  1. February 22, 2010 9:58 am

    First !!! 🙂

    kanagu: YEs.. you are 🙂 🙂

    • February 22, 2010 10:02 am

      Yes, ragging still continues in spite of so many rules, actions !! As u have rightly said, if the college administrators support it, then there is no end to it.

      My nephew is studying at Amrita, C’tore. And there, the first years are totally separated from the other seniors, in order to protect them from ragging. They have separate hostel bldng, mess, their timings are little bit different and they dont have to see senior while going and coming to college. If every college can do like this, it’ll be a great help to all the first years, who are the most affected due to ragging.

      kanagu: I am really support this. I don’t think there is some interaction needed between first year students and the others considering the danger it is posing… of they are allowed to interact then the rules should be stringent….
      Basically, ragging is supposed to make the relationship between the seniors and juniors smooth, by generally introducing to each other. But this kind of asking for money and doing other bad stuff certainly cannot be forced.

      kanagu: Asking money is itself is not justified…. consider the case of asking to do some unimaginable stuffs… 😡

  2. February 22, 2010 10:03 am

    I read this news in the newspaper and we were discussing about it at home. These senior students do not seem to have any plan of getting their degree and joining a decent firm. They will be just rogues. If these boys are not punished for their wrong doing in the bud itself, they will never become decent citizens. I read about Azhagiri’s son and his friends also. If the father has political backup, the sons use the position in the wrong ways.

    kanagu: Actually these are the same guys who were studying day and night to enter into prestigious colleges and the way they behave doesn’t justify the marks they got.. I never read about Alagiri sons activities… but the way they are behaving is really scary… but after doing all these they are entering good companies…. no punishment for their crimes… 😡
    Hope these guys are punished severely so that no one will dare to behave like this in the colleges.

    kanagu: I too wish the same..

  3. Swaram permalink
    February 22, 2010 11:40 am

    Its horrible Kanagu .. I don’t agree that the police should not do anything .. humanitarian grounds etc.. Ppl shud be paid back the way they are .. what humanity are those seniors valuing? Since they know the police wont do anything, they r happily gng arnd thinking they will escape anyways and it will not put a black mark on their future 😦 It hurts to know ppl have been affected so much physically and mentally which is more difficult to overcome 😦

    kanagu: But once a FIR is registered against a person means they won’t get job easily Swaram… thats the reason police were really cautious about filing it…. but I say they should file against few which will serve as a lesson to others…
    really the mental torture they will be going in really can’t be expressed….

    We need stringent laws in place for many things here and ragging is one of them!

    kanagu: There is everything Swaram… but we are not implementing them stringently.. already there is a law that for each ragging incident a FIR can be filed . but we are not following them 😦 😦
    As u say, idea of getting to know people and having fun is by sharing things with them, trying to help them etc.. not at the cost of their respect.

    kanagu: Thats for sure Swaram… in the loss of respect there is no need for any help…

  4. Vins permalink
    February 22, 2010 12:47 pm

    Hi Kanagu….how’s u?? n these dolphins r so cute:)

    kanagu: Hi Vinz…. really happy to see you here… 😀 😀 I am really fine… how are you???
    thank you.. 🙂 🙂

    about ragging….only school/college heads can eradicate…
    if they dont want to acknowledge their responsibility, the law should put them behind bars along with the raggers
    parents send their children with trust…so WHO has to take blame?

    kanagu: True Vins… they are the real culrpits along with the students…. they have every power to end this inhumane practice… but then… they are doing nothing… 😦 😦

  5. February 22, 2010 3:32 pm

    Kanagu, You are so right! This is such an inhumane tradition, carried along for no real reason.

    kanagu: Yes Smitha… its not needed for us…
    As you said, it can be eradicated easily. The college where I studied had been very strict and had no incidents of ragging and I know of other places like this. So it makes one wonder why it is not being controlled better.

    kanagu: It just requires the instilling of fear in the hearts of wrong-doers… but the authorities are taking strigent measures against this evil practice…
    It has to be taken seriously. As you say, there are so many unreported cases, which might not be as bad, but still affects the victim in some way or the other. Unless authorities take a strong stance – things will not change.

    kanagu: It may be bad also and victim was fear to report his/her case…. the last line is so true…

  6. February 22, 2010 5:52 pm

    Ragging upto getting an introduction or something like that is fine..

    I feel if it gets out of hand.. totally not justified… 😦

    kanagu: Yes bhai…. thats what I am also saying.. and if it goes out of hand… then introductions are not needed…
    Thankfully in our college we didnt have any of this.. although the reason was … it would lead to huge feuds… !

    kanagu: Good for everybody….

  7. February 22, 2010 7:00 pm

    Excellent post, Kanagu. Kudos!!

    kanagu: Thanks Pal.. 🙂 🙂
    Ragging is definitely not in good humour…because people tend to lose control over the situation and then it turns ugly. Luckily, the schools/colleges I went to never ever allowed ragging. And I wish more educational institutions would be strict in this matter and save the lives of innocent children.

    kanagu: All it needs a little more effort from the college authorities… and that makes a whole lot of difference….

  8. February 22, 2010 9:29 pm

    Well written Kanagu !

    kanagu: Thanks Bro… 🙂 🙂
    The judiciary in our country has a lot of ‘pit’ holes and its easy for an influential person to come out on bail; especially if its those students whose parents wouldve paid lakhs for donation alone ! We have seen and read hundreds of stories on ragging, but it still exists and thats only because no one is scared of the law. Sad state and it scares as to how long can we go on like this !

    kanagu: At times I think there are only holes that everybody comes out of it so easily… 😆 law is not implemented here thats the problem…. 😐 😐

  9. February 22, 2010 11:47 pm

    Very thoughtful post, Kanagu. I agree, the college authorities can stop ragging if they really want to!

    kanagu: yeah… but they are not doing it… 😦 😦
    It’s a vicious circle- students are ragged in their first year at college and later it’s their turn to rag others…

    kanagu: Yes… thats how the things are going on like a chain… 😦 😦 hope somewhere it stops or somebody stops it… In that video its said well

  10. February 23, 2010 1:34 am

    nothing can justify ragging! its a crime n it should be treated like one…no leniency whatsoever!

    kanagu: yes dude… I am supporting that….

  11. February 23, 2010 7:19 am

    Like you I had excellent seniors who are still my friends and ragging was something which we could sit and laugh about later. It was harmless fun like making you dance and all that.

    kanagu: thats great… 🙂 🙂 now tell me about your actions on your juniors…. 😛 😛
    But I have seen vigorous ragging too and it’s so sadistic. It’s sad that the administration doesn’t take serious action against such goons who are good for nothing to the society

    kanagu: True Sakshi.. thats what makes one scare… and they go unpunished…. you have studied in medical college, right?? I have heard lot of horror stories about them.. 😦 😦 glad you have got excellent seniors

  12. February 23, 2010 10:30 am

    Very well written Kanagu!
    Ragging is horrible, it scars a person for life!! 😦

    kanagu: Thanks Pixie… 🙂 🙂
    true… 😦 😦

    the so-called initiation into groups, classes etc is actually supposed to be a fun way of getting to know everyone… but all this, is just beyond limits! 😦

    kanagu: yeah… but it goes beyond.. and it has now happened for a long time… 😦 😦
    The video – will check at home

    kanagu: Check it Pixie… its nice..

  13. February 23, 2010 11:30 am

    It is unfortunate that the spirit of Ragging has gone beyond it’s original base.
    No amount of laws will correct the situation unless the students realise the seriousness .

    kanagu: Not only students sir… College authorities should take the necessary steps to curb this…

  14. February 23, 2010 5:27 pm

    Excellent post, Kanagu! This uncouth and sub-human but widespread practice shows how shameless and hypocritical the filthy Indian “mainstream media” scoundrels really are 😡

    I mean, where are the media loafers when so many students are injured, killed or commit suicide due to this despicable practice every year???

    kanagu: Thanks Raj… 🙂 but I don’t think media has a huge role in this.. with lot of money rubnning in education these days.. they easily shut the mouth of the media.. Its the duty of the educational organisation to control this and media reprting the incidents and also students must come out and let the world know whats happening in the name of ragging…

    Yet, when some “students” (immigration scammers is a better term) get robbed in Australia, the media loafers are shouting “racism” against the Aussies and how Australia is a “racist” country. When the Aussie police discovered that the person who was killed in Australia was killed by two of his own group, and when a chap who set fire to his property (and himself accidently) to claim insurance fraudulently were exposed, the media loafers go completely silent.

    I wonder where the Indian media loafers were when BSF scum shot dead two young Kashmiri boys in cold blood and got away without being punished because the scum creatures claim immunity under the filthy AFSPA? Yet, these Indian mainstream media loafers (and the uncouth hordes that believe their bullshit) have the hypocrisy and shamelessness to brand entire Australia as “racist” because some “students” were victims of street crime like all other Australians? If Aussies were so “racist”, then why do they welcome hordes and hordes of “students” to study in their universities?

    kanagu: True Raj.. that news is not highlighted and also there are lot of things go unreported… quite a scary situation… 😦 😦

    Watching the Indian media loafers portray all Aussies as “violent racists” makes me want to puke. Here they are, the media loafers from a semi-civilised third world barbarocracy with the most uncouth, sub-human, filthy, regressive, murderous social and cultural practices like “ragging”, “dowry deaths”, “female infanticide”, “female foeticide”, “caste atrocities”, “communal riots” etc. etc. trying to portray all Australians as “racists” despite Australia accepting hordes and hordes of “students” who go there to scam the Australian immigration system.

    Uncouth hypocrites generally have no sense of shame or anything else… loafers! 😡

    kanagu: We ourselves have casteism and every other kind of things here… and we are stamping on them that they are racists.. ridiculous… 😡

    Coming back to ragging, I guess one can add this to the list of “cultural” practices like dowry deaths, female infanticide, female foeticide, filthy caste system, untouchability, sati, child marriage etc. etc. You see, all these filthy, uncouth practices are a part of the great Indian “culture”.

    kanagu: Surely… it has its place there only…

    Excellent work in collecting resources on ragging. We had very little of this filth in our college as the authorities were strict on clamping down on it. I remember, a bunch who were caught ragging juniors was immediately suspended and the chief perpetrator was dismissed.

    kanagu: Thanks Raj,, and its good to know about your college administration taking such bold steps… 🙂 🙂

  15. February 23, 2010 8:50 pm

    Ragging has been blown out of proportion. Something had started as fun is now turning into a crime. When i entered my college I was ragged but it was never this serious. Ofcourse, i did hate being ragged but after seeing the extent that few people were ragged i feel blessed to be a girl (our class guys were ragged worse, i came to know they were asked to take off their shirts and dance and things like that). When we thought our seniors were out of control we said we would complain and they never looked back at us. Ragging needs to be controlled.

    kanagu: Feel yourself blessed Harini… I have heard lot of horror stories on girls too in the name of ragging 😦 😦 a little fear will easily curb this practice.. hope everybody takes that step…

  16. February 25, 2010 6:55 am

    Very well written Kanagu 🙂 Yeah ragging is infact a very sad thing 😦

    kanagu: Thanks AK.. hope some action is taken there…. 🙂 🙂

  17. February 26, 2010 5:23 pm

    I was ragged by seniors many times(by girls and boys).But they never crossed the limits , it was fun and even i enjoyed properly.And i also was a ‘baddie’ to my juniors(i was told many of my juniors wanted to ragged by me and even they used show up before me purposely when ever i tress pass there space 🙂 ).I studied in a residential college and that was the way of getting closer to seniors.

    That is a diffrent story anyways.But i’m totaly aganist demanding money , crude humour,insulting ,beating up and all.Those who involved in all these should be puished properly or expelled from institution.

    kanagu: What good juniors you have got.. 😛 😛 😛 wants to get ragged 😆 :lol:… you are a good guy.. thats why…
    yes.. that should happen.. and it’s not happening… 😦 😦

  18. February 28, 2010 6:34 pm

    Our college was too strict for any kind of ragging to take place. We pitied our seniors!! But at that impressionable age, students do get frightened and strict rules which are enforced could be the only solution.

    Destination Infinity

    kanagu: true DI.. thats really needed… hope every institution takes that stand…

  19. March 18, 2010 8:34 am

    As I had written in my post, I hold the personal opinion that there should be harmless ragging in the right manner, within limits of decency and human rights. Harmless ragging means no physical infliction of pain should be involved and no demeaning act should be asked to perform. Such ragging is actually lots of fun and gives us good memories of college & hostel life.

    kanagu: I am all for harmless ragging but its a fine line which get crossed easily and it damages a lot…

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