The burning of schools is a grave concern. The future of students is at stake and it seems to be a part of some wicked plot. It's obvious that whosoever is involved in this is not our well-wisher. Parents, teachers and everyone associated to the education sector are in despair over the increase in the number of these incidents.
If the state government can deploy forces of all sorts, be it CRPF, ITBF, JK Police, SSB etc. all across the valley, why isn't there some force being populated around schools for their safety? Why aren't there stern measures to punish people who are directly or indirectly involved in these heinous acts. Although the police claim to have arrested 15 people from Pattan and 10 people from Kulgam area, yet the basic plot behind this massive incidents is neither revealed nor understood. Nor are we able to know what people are associated in this collusion and why are they playing with the future of the students of the valley?
No one can deny the importance, the need of education. The phrases like "ilm ek noor hai", "ilm ek la'zawaal doulat hai" echo around everyone's ears. Everyone accepts the fact that education enlightens our vision, it is something that makes us human, which lets us distinguish between what is right and what's not, it lets us foresee. Education is one among the basic requirements as well as a right for us humans without which we are like cattle. It's necessary for us to learn, to know, to broaden our vision and it's only attainable when we educate ourselves. Schools are the centers of knowledge, the molding machines of our future, the factories that manufacture us into human beings. And it's really an astonishment that some people desire to destroy these spectacles of enlightenment.
It clearly indicates that these people really aren't human beings but some wild beings who are literally unaware about anything around them, running and crushing everything in their way and it excites them. How could someone do this? For money? For politics? Or for creating even more chaos?
All religions urge on education and, yet the institutes, the centers of education are targeted and burnt to ashes. The dire need at present is to understand where these incidents would lead us. We ought to take some serious and large scale steps in regard to the protection of schools, it must be graphed out as to what possible measures can be undertaken for the ready solution of this problem. Large forces should surround the school premises and their security should be ensured. Consultations can be had from experts as to what measures can be taken by the government as well as the public to curb this menace. And moreover it's our responsibility to play a major role in getting rid of this trouble. Surely we at our own level must take up initiatives for protecting schools in our vicinity from these evil mongers.
(Peer Moomin Shakoor is an Engineering graduate from NIT Srinagar)