Few days back, I was watching a news channel; a genuine one, if I may say so (as most of them have lost their relevance) and was shocked to see and hear the current state of affairs of our country. With many other issues, the anchor was specifically talking about the poor state of the country’s education system, its various universities, their teaching methodology and above all, its teachers; most of who work as ad-hoc staff and have not been paid for months. This situation has arisen because for years the Universities have failed to appoint new teachers and have not been able to improve their teaching methods as well as other conditions in order to be at par with the best educational institutes situated in different parts of the world.
But nobody talks about this grave reality and the sorry state of affairs of our education system. And the saddest part is that not even the ones who are the most affected; the students, are bothered. They fail to realize the amount of damage the system and they, themselves are inflicting on their future. Engrossed in their own world, they are gripped by the social media menace and are deeply west-influenced. Only the few, who are focused, are able to enter the top level institutes & find themselves at a respectable position professionally; the rest remain in lurch.
Many things are said and done each day, but the dismal part is that the real and the important issues remain unaddressed; as everything is done for political gains. The authorities spend millions on historical statues and many more wasteful activities but the core issues get no attention. And the worst is the ‘Let it be’ attitude of the people.
Till the time an issue has a direct link to our existence, it hardly matters to us; we read about it, hear it, see it and forget it in seconds. We and thousands like us, never care to bother ourselves with relevant issues because they don’t affect us directly and even if they do, we choose to ignore them. And if by any chance we decide to react, the thought is given up instantly. That is the reality of the people of this country and the best is that the system too is aware of it and knows that the memory of the people, in general is short-lived. They are familiar with the fact that no voice would be raised, things will go unnoticed and no voice raised and thus the situations turn from bad to worse; reaching an extremely meaningless, inhuman and unethical level.
The other news was about various women groups and the organizations that were planning to come to the capital to sit on dharnas and be a part of many agitations that are been planned. The anchor announced that in the coming days millions of men and women belonging to far off regions of the country would be on the streets of the capital to demand their rights and improved working conditions.
Thus, everywhere one sees, there is unrest in the country; creating an extremely sad state of affairs. Even after seven decades of Independence, we have not been able to resolve the basic issues that the population faces. It is sad when women have to travel 5-10kms each day to fetch water. It is sad when someone dies of hunger or lack of medical facilities in the age of technological development that the country boasts off. It is sad when there is vandalism in the name of a film. It is troublesome when time and again the politics of the country brings about the issue of religious extremism and hurts human sentiments.
I would be wrong if I said there is no development; which is undoubtedly there, but we still lack in many major areas and issues. We have been successful in creating a positive image of the country for the world to see but the fact is that we seriously need to think about the product we are packaging; which is deteriorating each day. And blaming the large population does not seem to be a valid reason; there has been enough rhetoric in this relation.
This is the upsetting story of our country. But what is even more worrisome is that the world over different regions/countries are fighting and struggling to resolve varied issues; social, religious and economical . Wherever you see, there is unrest and the whole world seems to be a war-ground.
Reading newspaper or watching news has thus become a wasteful activity and has lost its charm as they only feature senseless panel discussions on the most irrelevant issues. No one talks of the many crucial matters which need immediate attention as it does not add to their TRP’s but leads to the political gains for the concerned.
Hence, if we really want to witness the actual development than we should avoid becoming mere spectators and give serious thought to the relevant issues surfacing around us and the authorities too should try to find authentic solutions to them.
AUTHOR-‘THE PERENNIAL JOURNEY’