A candle light demonstration seems to be our answer to each and every evil in our society

A candle light protest has been planned by some Social organisations at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi, this evening, to pressure the central and state governments to strictly follow the Supreme Court’s guidelines on ragging.

The demonstration is in memory of late Aman Kachru, a first-year student MBBS of Dr Rajendra Prasad Medical College in Tanda, Himachal Pradesh, who died allegedly after brutal ragging by his seniors a few days ago.

“The family and friends of Aman Kachru along with students from various schools, colleges, universities and members of some organisations like Kashyap Kashmiri Sabha Gurgaon, Roots in Kashmir, etc, are joining the ‘Aman Movement’ on Saturday evening”, said Aditya Raj Kaul, senior member of Roots in Kashmir.

“Aman Kachru should be the last ragging victim”, the organisers of the candle light demonstration told Hindustan Times.

Just a few days after this case of ragging which ended in the death of the unfortunate victim, another case where the poor victim tried to commit suicide took place in Andhra Pradesh.

“The 20-year-old student of Government Agriculture Engineering College in Baptla town in Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh consumed pesticides after senior girls in her hostel forced her to dance in front of them without clothes yesterday, police said.”

I doubt that candle light demonstrations are going to stop this horrible trend.

Of course, the authorities will have to see that justice is done, and done swiftly, not after a wait of many long years.

The Supreme Court has issued directives based on based on the recommendations of the apex court appointed committee headed by former CBI Director R K Raghavan. Now it is up to the Central and State government to act upon these directives.

It is not as though there are not, even now, laws to punish the offenders. But our law enforcement authorities should have the will to do so. With elections coming up it is in our hands to elect representatives who will see that the Supreme Court directives are followed.

But doing only this much is not enough. It is said that just watering the leaves will not result in a healthy and fruit-laden tree. These remedies will be of limited use. Nurturing the roots is more important. And the roots are what we very easily forget because they are not visible. Have we failed to nurture the roots of today’s young generation?

In today’s ‘modern’ society youngsters do not seem to have any ideals in front of them. It has become the fashion nowadays to scoff at our historical figures which earlier generations held in high regard.

The great revolutionaries like Netaji Subhashchandra Bose or Bhagatsingh are dismissed as being opposed to ‘non-violence’.

I have heard people say that Chatrapati Shivaji was communal because he fought against Aurangzeb to establish ‘Hindvi Swarajya’ in Maharashtra.

Our great epics, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata taught earlier generations about the triumph of good over evil and extolled the importance of virtues. But again, they are seen as ‘out-of-date’.

Having destroyed the old ideals, we have also failed to give our children any new ones that they can look up to.

We have allowed them- no- taught them, to despise any sort of regulations. So they feel that they are free to do whatever they feel like doing. They want freedom without responsibility.

Today’s young generation does not seem to understand the difference between Freedom and the Indian concept of ‘Swatantrata’/’Swatantrya’.

Swantantrata does not mean absence of any rules. It means that we may do anything that is in accordance with rules that we ourselves have set in place. And we are bound to set such rules that enable us to have a clear conscience.

Have we failed to instill this concept of ‘Swantantrata’ in the minds of our children?

Have we failed to nurture their roots so they may stand strongly grounded against forceful winds?