Education in India – A Farce!

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This article has been submitted by Akshita Das for the CLATGyan Blog Post Writing Competition. If you think it’s a good read, ‘Like’ the article (the button is at the bottom of this piece) or post a comment using the ‘Comments’ section below.

He gently sobbed into his pillow, unable to comprehend what had gone wrong. He was the school topper. Yet, he didn’t make it into his dream college. Far away, in another part of this 68-year old nation, a spoilt brat got down from his R15, ready to celebrate with his friends and cans of beer. He always knew he would get in. Reservations! His surname had never been a symbol of shame for him.

The best time of the year for rag pickers is Diwali. While every other dirt-laden kid hunted for food and crackers, Vidya sat in a corner, gawking at the alien script of an old, torn book. She had never been to school. A few more years and she’d be married off, just like her sisters.

Hit by a truck, his last thoughts weren’t about friends or family. All he could think of, was, Organic Chemistry. He had planned on revising it after his 8 hour long coaching. “Two years and then you can enjoy a long, happy life”. His parents had been so wrong.

Three lives. Failed by one system. Stuck in an inescapable labyrinth, wronged by the prosaic scheme of caste-based reservations, lack of economic status, lax attitude of society and government towards education, the IIT-IIM fanaticism coupled with a lack of practical knowledge and limited number of good quality higher institutes in a country with a population of a billion, 41% of which is below the age of twenty!

Where do we plan on going with an uneducated genesis? Why is it that the state of government primary and secondary education in India is horrendous whereas the higher education system is reserved for the creamy layer? We are on a journey to an unplanned destination, with haphazard allocation of resources. We’re literally toying with the future of our nation! The challenges are millions, lives that are affected are even more in number. Our education system has a long way to go for it to ensure justice in the field of learning. To ensure justice to all the chottus who are out there serving tea instead of being engrossed in books, the guddiyas who are married off at a tender age solely because they were born with a vagina. But when man is void of everything, the one thing he can always count on is hope.  I firmly believe that dreams are more powerful than reality. That hope always triumphs, as long as we are dedicated towards the cause that we believe in. There shall be a day when all men shall be literate. One day, together, we’ll get there. One day.

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  1. The use of words is commendable, but somehow as a whole, it sounds incongruous. There is a gamut of ideas, and hence; seems cluttered. A lot has already been written and discussed on the topic so, one can’t say that the ideas expressed are unheard of. 

  2. Well written. But what’s the point of such a writing which has no value or probably no “RESERVED QUOTA” for readers who can say that i like this passage with reserved class mentality or i like it without reserved class mentality. The problem is not with the government or it’s reservation policy but it lies in the heart and soul of those highly educated reserved class who think that “RESERVATION IS THEIR BIRTH RIGHT AND THEY SHALL HAVE IT.”

    • I think you have misunderstood this issue as well as what the author is trying to convey. She is not against reservation per se but against “the Creamy Layer” which take up reserved seats for themselves.

  3. Kudos to the writer for bringing out angst which we all feel but are helpless to do anything about. For a nation with almost half the population below 20 the legacy being set for the future is scary. 
    Can sanity prevail? Only time can tell!

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