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Casteism: Does it really happen in Colleges in India?

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casteism.jpgWith the sad demise of a PhD scholar coming in from Hyderabad, a debate has been raging if the monster of casteism is still alive in the temples of education? That it used to be rampant in the past is a documented fact which no one denies. But since the days of Mandal, have things changed or are they the same.

I can tell from my college experience that I didn’t notice any such incident. And mind you, I was very vocal on such issues and Editor of College Newspaper. But then my campus was not at the center of politics. It was a laid back campus just concerned about studies. That I was one of the most political guy in the campus won’t be an smug statement.

I am not overtly qualified in passing judgements for other colleges. But based on what I have observed, I am not too positive that it takes place in other colleges too. But again the dead students’ family and friends will be the best people to comment on this particular case. It might have happened or it might not have.

What I don’t like is the politicization of college campuses. It’s fine during times of uprising and revolutions; It really hurts during peace time. I have been an advocate of ending student body elections and political groups. It hampers academics. I know there are arguments for it also, but cons are too glaring. Students will be able to contribute more if they stick to studies.

If students need to do politics, it should out of the campus. Same goes for ministers and college administration. Keep your politics out of it. Hence my open dislike for recently organized talk on Temple formation in a college in Delhi. Also my open dislike for the students/faculties of that very college for they are the ones who have relegated their campus to political playground for a long time now.

Until politics is taken out of college campuses, our nation will continue to lose the sons of the soil.

Written by arpitgarg

January 19, 2016 at 11:01 am

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  1. Arpit, couple of years back my cousin went to posh school in Delhi, and she was refering to her classmates, “You know these typical Maakidaal Punju kinds” I was quite taken aback, after while she tells me my friends are all Agarwals and their parents are from IAS cadre. So either directly or indirectly racesism does exist.


    January 21, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    • that level of things do happen…i agree…but not to the level of ostracization…unless there is less of study and more of politics in colleges


      January 24, 2016 at 1:21 am

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