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Why FTII student protest didn’t get public support?

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ftiiNormally if you see, student protests get huge public sympathy. The arrogant college administration is lambasted for harrowing poor students. But it somehow didn’t happen at FTII. It begs the question, Why? Why didn’t public sympathize with FTII students? I thought of a few reasons.

1. They didn’t look like students but politicians: I remember seeing few protesting students, in TV debates. They spoke like full blown politicians. They lacked the innocence that students have. Their political bytes, gave them a negative edge.

2. Their cause was political and not academic: Had they fought for better curriculum. Better hostel facilities. Better studios and equipment. Better grant. Public might have sympathized with them. But they didn’t. They wanted to oust who they called a political appointee. This gave their cause a political color and public decided to ignore them.

3. Letting opposition leaders inside campus: Students should not have let opposition leaders into their protest. Once they did, their struggle seemed motivated. It seemed like a protest by elderly students who wanted to join politics. Had they followed the Anna model which didn’t allow politicians to share stage during Lokpal struggle, the protest would have some success.

4. History of protests at FTII: This protest brought history of protests at FTII into limelight. Given such lengthy protests have been a norm; it took away the seriousness of the protest. It looked like a habit.

5. Old students lingering on for free hostel and food: When it came to knowledge that students as old as 2008 batch were residing at hostels and using college facilities, it sounded somewhat fishy. Public couldn’t imagine their own children lingering on at college for so long. Why didn’t they pass? Did they fail again and again? These were questions that came to public mind. Students also didn’t give any clear answer to this. It added to the opinion that students who don’t want to study are influencing young ones and not letting them study.

6. Who studies film making? This is a not so diplomatic reason, but is so true when we put our society into perspective. We want our children to study medical, engineering etc. Film institute is not something which public at large would want their ward to study at. When we hear students, we think academics. This was not the case. Here. Hence lack of sympathy.

Written by arpitgarg

October 30, 2015 at 5:18 pm

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  1. The older students are unable to finish their projects on time because the infrastructure does not permit them to do so. It’s a pity that they did not get the support that they deserved because theirs is a just cause.


    October 31, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    • i dont dispute your opinion as i am
      Not much aware of ftii Academic issues. Dont u think this is what they shud have fought for the better infrastructure. I wud have supported them whole heartedly.


      October 31, 2015 at 7:13 pm

      • No I disagree. The reason for the protest is justified. Because there were indeed people better qualified for the posts. It can’t be a coincidence that four of the appointments and the chairman himself have strong right wing links. It can be compared to the nepotism in congress. I can’t elaborate but if you could go through my post on FTII you might understand the point I am trying to make.


        October 31, 2015 at 8:42 pm

        • As for the reason…i dont have any opinion as it is individual choice…my only concern is this issue of political appointee was a political issue and it shud have been left to political parties to slug it out.

          I have myself been quite active when i was a student…but i have alwAys believed students shud take up academic causes…but then again it is my personal opinion and there can be other views to it


          October 31, 2015 at 11:16 pm

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