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Sankhajit Bhattacharjee Poem 179

Scientific Research Fellow in University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

TRADITION

A 100 years old tradition of an engineering or a medical college-

fresher’s welcome with psychological and physical tortures-

new comers may be

burnt with a cigarette light,

kept sleeping on an ice block over night without clothes,

forced to jump from one multistoried to another,

given an electric shock,

fetched urine for drinking instead of water,

bathed with hot hissing water...


Whether it’s to equip them for future,

whether it’s a game or festival,

whether it’s destiny-

I never know.

I only know it’s an age old tradition.


Senior junior relationship turns from bad to best,

juniors become seniors,

carry on the same to the coming ones.

The wheels of a bicycle turn in this way through a grey road.


For civilized nations this tradition is totally unconstitutional,

I’m sorry to say,

“We are yet to be fully civilized.”

The court laws can’t stop them

until and unless we change our hearts.

Comments

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on February 16, 2021:

I understand, that you are referring to the ragging in colleges. I remember, how much scared the freshers were, when they entered college, in the first few months. Thankfully, there are strict laws, and it's not as bad as it used to be, when we were younger, especially in engineering and medical colleges.

Thank you for highlighting this important subject.

Vanita Thakkar on February 16, 2021:

I have heard horrifying firsthand accounts of raging in colleges. The worst part it, those who have suffered, justify it and carry it forward, sometimes with added cruelty .... it is too difficult to make them realize that they are wrong ....

Good points raised. Laws are there to help, but genuine realization is necessary for real change to come ....

Ann Carr from SW England on February 15, 2021:

I believe similar things still happen in our public schools (which doesn't mean 'state' schools, but private schools). It's barbaric, unkind, and breeds bullying with licence. These things start at aged 6 at least!

Good to bring it to everyone's attention. As you say, our hearts shouldn't countenance this.

Ann

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