Cancer in the Systems


He died.  At the age of 20.  The only son of his parents.  One of my students. 

A gasp, that’s all I had when the news reached me this morning.  I have overcome the gasp.  I’m sorry if I sound very unsentimental/unemotional/ heartless…

A road accident killed him.  Like many other young students of medicine and engineering who have sacrificed their life on the roads of the NCR in the last few years, yet another soul…

Yet another soul who didn’t have to bid good bye to life so early…

Who is responsible?

The parents?  His father is a politician and his mother a housewife.

The teachers?  He had arguments with them all through, with one or two exceptional exceptions (teachers who didn’t have to deal with him in the class). 

He passed with marks which couldn’t have secured his future anywhere, let alone an engineering college.  Yet he got admission in a relatively well-known engineering college.  Because his father had the connections. 

Connections of that sort cannot save one from the cancer called  hubris.

My concern is only this: why couldn’t his school redeem him from his hubris – which ultimately sent him to his death too early?

Why did the system fail?

Why does the system keep failing?

Recent reports have revealed that it’s always the high-end cars that meet with accidents in late nights.  And it’s always youngsters who are involved.  I suppose anyone can understand the ‘connection’.   Too much money, too much luxury, too much free time, too much pampering by parents (and even teachers): excellent recipe for tragedy.

And the govt as well as the educational boards keep insisting that …

… every student should be promoted

… no punishment should be used

… multiple intelligence can mean almost anything…

I think our systems (political, particularly, and then the educational, social, etc.) have become cancerous.  They are killing the youngsters.  And the youngsters are killing others. 

Find out how many people have been killed by the cars driven by youngsters who were too drunk to drive…

… how many people are suffering in various ways because of youngsters who have been pampered too much by cancerous systems…



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17 Responses to Cancer in the Systems

  1. bhavana says:

    I hear you Mathekeil!!! I have known several young men and women who have died in road accidents. While in USA, one of my students who had suffered from injuries due to drunk driving (somebody else) spoke about not merely loss of life but financial loss, time loss, career breakdown, trauma and so on and so forth–it was a powerful presentation!

  2. Raghuram Ekambaram says:

    Matheikal, this is a cancer that had been diagnosed ages ago … with pelf and privilege comes arrogance … this cancer cannot be treated by any treatment, be it not passing, caning, imparting even basic intelligence … anything. Did that twenty year old understand that while he has the high-end car, Delhi has neither the road nor the discipline for high-end cars? Highly likely, he did not.That is where the cancer was in the beginning and now it has metastatized. The society just has to succumb. There are no options.

    Sorry for so rudely pessimistic.


    • matheikal says:

      Raghuram, sad to say you are not pessimistic, you are simply realistic. Yes, this is an age-old cancer. But in the olden days with much less rush and even less vehicles per head, the situation was under control. Now it has all gone beyond any control whatever!

  3. Raghuram Ekambaram says:

    I forgot one thing … there is a story about a Tamil king who, as a punishment to his son who had killed a calf by driving his chariot rashly, ordered his son to be run over by the royal chariot. This was the source of the “pelf and privilege … arrogance” statement above.


  4. myblog1962 says:

    true matheikal ….its a grave situation ,needs to be addressed !

  5. amarwah says:

    Wonderful take on today’s reality, I wish the youngsters could be made responsible enough to understand the grossness of such issues. On the other hand, if their youth and hormones fogs their logic, it is not just the responsibility, but also the duty of elders to keep the youth away from such ‘vices’.

    • matheikal says:

      Amar, the elders are helpless today, rendered helpless by the various systems – legal, economic, political… The systems today ensure that nobody helps anybody. That’s why we have terrorist groups becoming more active…

      • Amruta says:


        Looks like the first comment came through, but incomplete and didn’t come in with my display information….I am not sure what happened….That is why had to send in another comment 🙂

      • matheikal says:

        Thanks for trying to add more to the blog. WordPress has problems with adding displays. I don’t block any comment. (Except one person’s and that person has stopped commenting, thank my stars!)

  6. Amruta says:

    Wonderful take on today’s reality about youth. It is sad that such incidents happen so many times, and yet no lesson is learnt. If the youngsters’ minds are fogged by their youth and hormones, it is not only the responsibility, but also the duty of their parents to keep them away from such ‘vices’, until their kids can see some sense.

  7. Who was it sir? I’m curious…

  8. gardenerat60 says:

    Sir, how can the school reform anyone, when the parents are not inclined?

    That Tamil King is a thing of past, for the dear fellow men. Who has the time to listen to all those moral stories? This pelf and privilege is all pervading , leading to destruction.
    Destruction of self, family, and society.

    It is Quo Vadis. Where are we going?

    • matheikal says:

      I agree with you Gardener that the parents should play a significant role in imparting the rights values and principles to their children. Parents are the most importance source of any individual’s world vision. Unfortunately parents today are too busy with wealth production to think of values and principles.

  9. gardens says: Thanks for that awesome posting. It saved MUCH time 🙂

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