When I was a school kid, I used to believe that schools and other learinng institutes are considered to be the only places where we get knowledge, where we learn how to live in a society, where we learn how to compete in every field. And it used to happen only, “When I was a kid”.
I’m quite sure that the scenario of protests after Delhi gang-rape case must be in the mind of every Indian. Almost half of India’s population was on roads with candles in their hands. Even I was a part of the mob once, until I started questioning if it is going to change anything, if it is going to alter the mindset of the people?
Few days ago, I went to meet one of my sisters, currently pursuing a degree in nursing in a private institution and she was on training there. It was really shocking to know that she was not allowed to carry mobile phone with her. She has been away from home for almost a month and hasn’t been able to talk to her parents. I got to know from her that the college does not allow them to use mobile phones even when they are in the hostel.
‘Need to change the mindset’, was one kind of slogan we could hear from the agitated, protesting people. Schools, colleges and other private learning institutes took part in candle marches or even organized some protests. But acceptably or not these protests were held to feature in newspapers. No institute took part in protest without banners of their names, which is saddening.
Isn’t it a Mindset Problem??