Mumbai, meri jaan!
The Rasta Roko agitation by some parents and students (led by politicians) on Tuesday makes me think again about Mumbai Meri Jaan!
The issues that led to the traffic chaos are no doubt important. Parents are undoubtedly concerned about the future of their children. For instance, SSC students were missing their classes with the uncertainty element hanging in the air. How will they be able to cope with their exams if their curriculum is not completed?
The State Education Director, on the orders f the Supreme Court, has heard the school management as well as the aggrieved parents and his decision was awaited.
But the unrest among parents began to rise and with an opportune politician jumping into action, the fire caught on. The agitation was painted to be a spontaneous one. But look at what happened during the “show of strength”.
The students were made to shout slogans (which I am sure they have never done in their lives, other than watching on TV news bulletins!). Ask any one of them if they knew the meaning of any slogans “xxxx hai hai”.
You do not need a psychologist to tell you that this kind of ambience created for students would definitely impact their minds and general behaviour. I will not be surprised if some of the students would shout slogans against their parents if they do not get money for going to McDolands or for a pizza party!
Now that the school will open on Monday, another question that arises is – who will be responsible for the safety of the students. The management has been saying that the building is not safe. Some experts have already recommended demolition of the old building.