Professor Harbhajan Singh Sabharwal of Ujjains Madhav College of Arts and Commerce, was done to death by irate students belonging to the ABVP (Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad). Hooliganism and rioteering struck mayhem in the college campus when the Professor along with two of his colleagues, suspecting foulplay, announced a cancellation of campus elections.
“There is nothing training cannot do. Nothing is above its reach. It can turn bad morals to good; it can destroy bad principles and recreate good ones; it can lift men to angelship.” Mark Twains words seem an anachronism today. With the recent spate of these incidents the writing is on the wall that we need to sit up and take notice before the ongoing trend turns pandemic.
The incident may have shocked the nation, but the police and administration in collusion are engrossed in manipulating statements and procedures to shield the guilty, at the behest of the BJP, alleged by Congress. It stands to reason that student bodies like the ABVP are receiving covert aid from politcal parties, interested in solidifying their base.
The woeful plea by the son of the deceased Professor on the failure of the police to bring the culprits to book, led him to remark resignedly” Now I know what it is to be a common man in this country.”
Despite strictures from the Supreme court on the legitimate norms to be adopted for campus elections, pelf and power appeasement has further led to criminlisation of student politics, with the latter being mere pawns in the hands of the wily politician.
Are elections to student Unions as jejune as they appear? Negative, if one is to go by the scurry for success and the abyssmal depths to which the students can fall , for the sole purpose of gaining foothold to the seat of power. This brings us to the question of the calibre of those students who are willing to denigrate themselves, metamorphing into ruffians. Secondly the nurturing of this element by politicians to mislead them into believing that ‘end justify the means’.
Professor Sabharwal succumbed to injuries of a broken rib which punctured his lungs. It is not difficukt to imagine the extent of man handling that must have occurred and the mentality of students who attend colleges in our hinterland.
“Educated illiteracy”;an oxymoron which nullifies the age old notion of academics being harbinger of a progressive, cultured tomorrow..What is worrisome is the fact that youth ideally should connote hope.. a newer, better, India. However, with incidents like these which reflect a denigration of values, one wonders if this is indeed a sad reflection on inept parenting, lack of real heroes as role models, or the machinations of politcal parties, who guiltlessly ascribe to the rationale of “Power at all costs”.
Talibanisation of College campus, is what this is most starkly revealed as, How different are these students from the Pakistani trained Mujahideen? Both seem anaesthetised into numbly parroting programmed idelogies, hopelessly misled.
“Youth is wasted on the young.” Shaw