Over the last couple of weeks, students of two of the most prestigious Universities in India, Banaras Hindu University and Jawaharlal Nehru University, are in a spat with their respective authorities over two sperate issues.
While students of BHU have been protesting against the appointment of a Muslim teacher in the Sanskrit Literature Department, JNU students are protesting against the hostel fee hike.
Keeping all the rights and wrongs aside, the big question that arises in my mind is who, in these spats, is the real loser? Is it the one who, at the end of the day, will have to bow down to the respective other demands or proposal? Or the system that failed to understand the needs of “so-called” students.
Well, if you ask me, the loser here is no other than the concept of education in itself.
And let’s not confuse education with “education system”, for both are ways apart. While one often depends on the education system to get themselves educated, meanwhile, education is a board concept that entails “educating yourself”.
When you attain this power to educate yourself, you learn to understand the difference between right and wrong. It’s something you will never read in a book. And education is what’s missing among the students of both the Universities.
BHU – A Foolish Block
BHU students holding protest against a Muslim teacher because they “believe” he won’t be as versed in Sanskrit as a Hindu teacher will be. And guess what, Dr. Firoz Khan, who has been appointed as the Sanskrit literature hasn’t even taken a single class yet.
How, again, these “so-called students,” who don’t even stand anywhere close to Firzo Khan when it comes to educational qualification, can question his fluency with the subject? On the basis of his religion?
Well, targeting someone based on their religion is a flaw that only uneducated can posses. Uneducated, who don’t even respect BHU’s Act and central UGC guidelines, under which the appointment was made.
It’s a shame that if Khan didn’t protest against learning Sanskrit as a whole, who are these students, who sit on a dharna thinking university is something they own.
Khan who started learning Sanskrit from class 2 has a BA, B.Ed, MA, and Ph.D. in Sanskrit from the Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, Jaipur. Khan has cleared NET and JRF and was awarded the Sanskrit Yuva Pratibha Puruskar by the Rajasthan government.
Still questioning his abilities?
JNU – What Synyonm This Time?
Clashing with authorities, raising anti-national slogans, disrupting the peace have been synonyms to JNU students invariably. And if anyone would tell me JNU mai padhai ke alawa sb kuch hota hai, I wouldn’t disagree and their placement records (despite being a prestigious university) rating would justify the statement.
I see nothing wrong in protesting against the fee hike but the way the protest has been proceeding is gruesome. Ofc, why would students known after the aforementioned synonyms would even think of opting for an ahinsawadi protest?
Ever heard of Kisan Rally or Kisan Long March that was conducted by 40,000 to 50,000 farmers who “peacefully” marched a distance of 180km from Nashik to Mumbai to make the government aware about their problems?
That’s the difference between gaining education and being educated.