Recently a clip of a debate between Kanhaiya Kumar and Amitabh Sinha of the BJP, moderated by Rajdeep Sardesai, was apparently ‘appreciated’ by many and many claimed that Kanhaiya Kumar won it hands down. In this clip, Kanhaiya Kumar was shown arguing that BJP was finding it difficult to digest that the children of poor people were coming up by getting educated. He also quickly rebutted Amitabh Sinha’s point of ‘selling poverty’ and said that Amitabh Sinha was talking bad about the PM. Next he wanted to know whether Amitabh Sinha was a Godse-virodhi or not. And he went on to shame and intimidate one member of the audience who said that he was a Godse supporter.
In another debate sponsored by The Telegraph and the Calcutta Debating Circle, where it was decided that ‘Secularism’ was the winner, Neurosurgeon Sandip Chatterjee said, “It pains me when I look at the human brain and think how can anybody say that it is a Muslim brain or a Hindu brain or a Christian or Buddhist brain, because every brain looks exactly the same.” In the same way, for many years we have heard that the blood of all people is the same and hence all people are the same.
I am appalled at how people say that these debates are won by the people mentioned above – the topic of discussion was obviously about the JNU violence and on-campus protests. Lives of young people are being destroyed by involving them in violent protests, their careers could be ruined if they were booked and arrested, life-long injuries could plague them if they were caught in the crossfire of violence – and all these people can think of is debating about Modi ji and Secularism?
The arguments should have been on youngsters – but the esteemed neurosurgeon wanted to quote the physical appearance of a human brain? Does similarity in physical appearance of a brain indicate the similarity of thoughts and deeds, of character and intelligence? What kind of a debate is it when such illogical statements are highlighted to show that Secularism wins in the face of Government policies which are incorrectly portrayed to show that this BJP Government is against Minorities? What logic is there when a CAA which is to be used for those persecuted Minority citizens of other countries, is pitted against Godse? How do agenda driven people and biased Media even feed such things to the masses?
I am really concerned that people are justifying violence, protests and support marches by youngsters (the names of the groups don’t matter) under the umbrella of “students being aware” … sorry, these students are anything but aware … they only know what is fed to them and most of it is misinformation. Are they aware that as students, their first duty is to their education process and knowledge gathering and not to the student unions on the campus? Are they aware that apart from knowledge gathering, they have to participate in character and personality building and that empathy, emotional growth and spiritual quotient are what are most valued in today’s world when it comes to jobs? Are they really aware about how to live a clean life without any bad habits such as smoking, drinking, partying – all of which tend to dissipate your energy instead of focusing it on something good? Oh yes, one might say that I am old-fashioned for putting in this point, but the fact is that ‘moderation’ is key to leading a successful life, and if one doesn’t learn this before the age of 25, chances are more that life teaches it with harder knocks than one can bear.
Most of the students who are spouting clichés when it comes to fees must realize that the subsidies that they receive have to be sometime in their own future returned to the country via taxes – the problem is that these students will be the first ones to crib about taxes in their middle age – we have seen this being done by all middle-aged Communist and Leftist leaders! They don’t want the Government to tax anyone, but they want to receive all the subsidies. I really wonder what Economics they learnt in their college. In fact I strongly believe that this is a direct fallout of students, right through our post-independence years participating in Student Union and violent activities instead of paying attention to their studies and Nation building. This has to change … only then can we have sensible debates and sensible youngsters too!
Author; Rati Hegde – Columnist, Story Teller, Mother to Three Children – Writes on Spirituality, Stories of Bharat, Politics, Current Affairs, Women Empowerment.