In a shocking incident in Mandi, leaders of the BJP student wing organisation ABVP alleged that the Deputy Commissioner Mandi had slapped their leader in the office and thrown them out of his office when they had gone to submit a memorandum to the DC against starting of IIT classes in Mandi college. As reported in the media, Chaman Lal, a Mandi district leader of ABVP have lodged a complaint with the police against the ‘atrocity’. ABVP leaders have demanded the DC may be suspended and removed from Mandi district.
On the other hand, the Deputy Commissioner, Onkar Sharma clarified these student leaders never came to his office with a memorandum and no one was slapped. He had stopped these leaders from collecting money from the district collectorate office. It is against the rules to collect money from any government office for political purpose.
One can simply marvel at the twist given by ABVP leaders to the whole episode. Either pay or face the blackmail of these student leaders who seem to have a full backing of the ruling party. Student politics in the state have already been taken over by rowdies and is merely a stepping stone to the larger goal of becoming a MLA. Already Mandi is a hot bed of ABVP as three powerful cabinet ministers are from this district. Under this backdrop it becomes extremely difficult for any officer to enforce the law. The tragedy here is the administration has been completely taken over by the netas and their chamchas. There is a complete Mafia style grip of the political parties. Anyone who dare oppose this caucus is severely reprimanded.
One feels jittery the direction in which student politics is heading. Student parties may look good from far but are far from good. Party workers give two hoots to the rule of law and have the guts to collect money from the DC office which happens to be a main administrative office in the district. Slowly the political culture of UP is creeping in the state. The day is not far when political parties will fix targets to all govt officials to collect money for their coffers.
Student leadership in the state have mastered the art of projecting themselves as ‘the oppressed’ whereas they happen to be the biggest offenders of law. Where is the need for student parties, what good are these for the students, exception being the student leaders themselves. One wonders what were they doing in the collectorate when they should be in the class rooms. With such academic attitude in the state why do we wonder our boys never make to the A list of the companies. They are only fit for good for nothing sarkari jobs.
By all means, democracy is now reduced to a power play of the clans, castes and the majority. Our founding fathers would be turning in their graves seeing the gradual rape of the ‘system’. On one hand we blame the govt. for every wrong, isn’t it is our duty to support upright officers who try and enforce the rule of law against all odds.
What do you think?