Before beginning a talk with students of classes 11 and 12 in a reputed school, we played a track eulogising teachers – guru is Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva; guru is god incarnation. The students stood up in respect and all agreed that the role of a teacher was noble. I asked those who would choose teaching as a career to sit down. None seated. Doctors, software engineers, fashion designers, models … all such professions have takers, but not that of teachers. In an earlier blog post I shared similar conflict between what the students thought as their role models and the roles they wanted to play in life.
A professor of IIM narrated: a candidate applying for PG course in the institute had a few years of experience running his own business. He intimidated his subordinates, violating their human spirits by exploitation, humiliation and fear. He did not hesitate to use physical violations at times. He named Mahatma Gandhi as his role model! The candidate justified his stand stating that Gandhi rose from an unknown entity from an obscure town to be a world leader. Gandhi’s meteoric rise was important to the candidate – not his experiments with truth, the goals, specific achievements, and the means.
I beamed with pride reading the top news today, about the success of Mangalyaan. See an interesting video. If I asked in a school today how many students would like to join ISRO, I doubt if a handful would opt. Schools sing songs and enact plays in praise of soldiers, but seldom we find ones interested in joining defence services.
What we believe we believe in does not reflect in deeds.