An interesting story folded out in September beginning: So this train Rajdhani Express was set on route to Ranchi from Delhi but then it was stopped midway to every passenger’s shock and also utter disappointment. They were all asked to get off the train and find themselves their own ways to get to Ranchi. 900 passengers dismayed and stranded!
Except one…She was Ananya Choudhary, a law student, who stood up for her rights and for the rights of every passenger on that train.
Ananya refused to take a bus or a cab until she was offered a written explanation from the authorities. After 8 hours of protesting, she got the Railways to run the Rajdhani Express for 300km with her as the lone passenger, can you believe it!?
This whole incident took place around Teacher’s Day…and Ananya (even though still an undergraduate student) has something invaluable to teach all of them elders who lose courage and resolve so damn easily! For what’s right, it’s not wrong to speak up about it, right? In this post, let’s have a look at 5 lessons that students teach teachers.
Young ones are gritty and unlike adults they still have their fearlessness intact. This is why students can raise voice against the rich and mighty when they tread unapologetically on a wrong path.
Even when these students are called names such as ‘Anti-national’, ‘Tukde-Tukde Gang’ and so on…They are informed and will do not remain quiet if the values of India be harmed!
Students have led mass movements against the brutalities of authorities even before independence. They come about in large numbers to make their voices heard, take for instance, JP Andolan during the emergency or the more recent CAA protests.
All authorities know that students do not lose hope so easily which is why they use media to malign their protests. This has been done so throughout history. However, despite all, the students continue to remain fearless. Most teachers, on the other hand, would maintain: ‘Syallabus complete karo, career pe focus karo, kya faayda…’
Use of social media
Teenagers are more aware that a traditional media could be bought to run a propaganda. They prefer the use of social media instead which is more free and less of a sell-out. While uncles and aunties continue to watch BnD media (since they continue to remain No.1 No.2 news channels), students, on the contrary, use social media to bring about positive changes in the society.
They do so by memes, a more recent artform (which is still far from getting the recognition it deserves by the way). These memes are often socio-political in nature but also are packed up with a lot of zing and humour.
While teachers (or elders) wait forever to express themselves, students on the other hand, protest by using ‘like-dislike’ buttons on social media sites. For example, NEET-JEE students did so on a YouTube video uploaded by PM’s channel, on which the ratio turned so embarrassing that they disabled like-dislike altogether!
Busting fake news
Many students are urging their own guardians to stop consuming traditional media and to stop forwarding whastapp messages without verifying their truth. This is because they do understand how media is such a powerful tool to brainwash people…They are more tech savvy so they know how messages on whatsapp could be programmed to look like they’re true…how images could be photoshopped and so on.
Uncles and aunties take those whatsapp messages word for word…whereas students have still their questioning spirit unbroken which they use wisely by proving those messages wrong on family groups. They know the difference between news and fake news and they know how important it is to bust them with a scientific approach.
Demanding achhe din
Students worry not so much about 15 lacs promised but they do have doubts over employment in India. According to livemint, unemployment in the country has risen to a 45-year high of 6.1%. At the same time. GDP growth has sunken to a shameful -23.9%.
Uncles and aunties are happy sat on their sofas, their TVs switched on, BnD news anchors blabbering. But, students, quite opposite, remain doubtful (of course due to their scientific temper) and they demand the achhe din that they were promised…They demand their 2 crore jobs…and no they won’t be satisfied with just a pakoda stall.
A progressive force
Students have a more progressive outlook on life. They accept new ideas irrespective of whether those ideas question the age-old concepts of religion, caste or gender. These students come out in big numbers to voice against patriarchy, to fight for LGBTQ rights, to criticize governments for their lack of action on climate change.
Due to their persistence, governments get to work on climate change, Supreme Courts rewrite history by saying homosexuality no longer a crime, why reservations for the oppressed come up in the law, and so on.
Uncles and aunties on the other hand remain adamant not to change. Well, a few may oblige but more generally speaking, elders are less willing to welcome strange new ideas (which otherwise are normal and part of life).
Students are young which is why they’re more adapt to the new. However, there is a famous saying: Those who do not keep learning stop growing. It is now time for the ‘wise’ teachers to learn from their students the art of social media, the ability to speak up for what is right, susceptibility to positive changes and so on. Let us all remain students all our lives and keep the fearlessness of the young alive until the end!