I am shocked to see a student death followed by 1 full day BANDH called across the telangana region. Every time there is a call for BANDH it is the common man who suffers most. Children miss their school and classes. Exams get postponed. If there are any central exams, they may not get postponed and our candidates lose their opportunity to enter into central services.
Buses do not run and Road Transport Corporation increases the bus tickets to meet the losses. Hell lot of things happen. No petrol, no shopping nothing.
It all started with the news of suicide of OU student for the cause of Telangana. when I read the news paper, that student was from some college in the outskirts of Hyderabad but not the student of the Osmania University Campus.
Problem with life in India is that generally it doesn't value as much as it matters in developed nations. So usually if there is a death, it goes unnoticed. Family and friends take some time to adjust with the fact of the loss of life.
Back to the topic. There was one death supposed to be suicide (CCS is enquiring into that), and students who were looking an opportunity to delay exams used it and called for 2 days of BANDH across the region. They are successful.
Irony is that there are at least 4 other students who committed suicide (supposed to be) as per the media, but their death didn't cause any more BANDH (actually mostly went unnoticed).
What is it all about? should we really encourage students committing suicides? Certainly not. Then how about the living people around and how should they react? Should a loss of a life cause too much of hardship for the people still living?
There seems to be no one in control of things, there is no government authority that is functioning in a decisive manner. Students are not worried about their losing academic year and following careers. The issue of Telangana state is there for the last few decades and certainly will take time to resolve even now.
But it does no way get affected by students losing their academics. It is the families of the individual students who get affected. Getting jobs gets difficult.
Suicide is not as simple as writing something on a notepad and it doesn't really make any difference to those student leaders or political leaders who are trying to gain advantage of the deaths. But the respective families are at huge loss. It is a loss of life time. it can never be compensated by anything else.
It makes me really sad when I hear or read about suicides by students. It makes me more and more sad when someone else is trying to gain advantage of deaths.
On a side note, I was checking on deathclock.com website and here is my date :-)