A student stabs his teacher to death in Chennai. Big news. The Hindu (my favourite newspaper) wrote an editorial titled ‘Murder in the classroom’. It blames the society. Not the parents. Not the teachers. But all of us. The society. You, me, the politician who makes the rules of the society (who may be illiterate), anybody including the Ambanis and the Tatas who can buy the government of India today and the idiotic blogger and the blog reader.
“The fact is children do not occupy an innocent world of their own; they are very much part of the nasty, adult universe,” says The Hindu editorial. The Hindu also published an article titled ‘What you lose when you “buy” an education’ on the next page. The article blames the “utilitarian model of education.” And who makes the that model? The society, of course.
Ultimately, the society is to be blamed for all ills that plague it. And the society is US. I mean, we, each one of us, not the United States of America.
It is the society that makes the rules.
It is the society that puts wealth above everything else.
It is the society that puts show off everything else.
Show off. That’s what matters in today’s world. And we ask our children to show off. So they show off.
Stabbing a teacher is also a show off. Ask the child who did it, if you don’t believe me.
Ask the priest in your neighbouring church, temple, or mosque, what he believes in. Listen to the words beneath what he utters. And you’ll discover show off.
That’s what runs the world today.
And who made that world?
The society! We, us, me, you.
Children inhabit a simple world. They should, I mean. But we, the adults, have made it “nasty.” The children cannot even dream today. Their dreams have been stolen by us, adults.
It’s our world. The adults’ world. Where killing is natural. Where raping is natural. Where stealing is natural. Where anything is natural.
Where religion is natural.
Where preaching is natural.
They came today. To my school. The preachers. They preached. And I watched my students sleep. They preached morality. Which they do not believe in. Which they do not practice. They came from a religious cult. They showed off. And went.
The media show off. And go.
Everything is an issue which you and I use to show off ourselves.
Even our children are such issues.
Children dream the best world.
“Since they are dreaming this / But are not woken with a kiss / The children in fury / Besiege the cemetery.” wrote Dom Moraes, the poet.
The child in Chennai sent his teacher to the cemetery. That’s just a minor difference between Dom Moraes’s world and ours – a gap of a few decades. The gap between a welfare society and the globalised one.