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Who is dead? School Children in Bihar, or Apathetic Democracy?

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apathy--deadliest tool of mass destruction.previewSince yesterday, I have been wondering; who really died a cruel death in Bihar? Were they 22 kids who died a poisonous death after eating the mid-day meal in their school? Or was it the indifferent Indian democracy, which passed away?

As the newly set up primary school turns graveyard to these unsuspecting kids in the Gandaman-Dharmsati village in Mashrakh block of Saran district of North Bihar, who died after being served adulterated mid-day meal in their school, I am deeply hurt and angst-ridden. And I am even more pained to witness the mockery of this gruesome killing of innocent kids being made by politicians across party lines on the national television. Is there any end to our apathy??

On this really shameful day, I am reminded of what Robert Hutchins, an educational philosopher and former dean of Yale Law School said,

“The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference and undernourishment.”

I am certain – it is not the death of these poor school kids alone. In their death, it is really this apathetic Indian democracy, which perished.

PS: While he would continue to enjoy the free meals inside a poor villager’s hut, I am convinced that now Junior Gandhi will dare not extend his luncheon-escapades to the mid-day meals in primary schools…

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Photo-credit: traciemcbridewriter.wordpress.com

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Written by RRGwrites

July 17, 2013 at 10:17 PM

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