Monthly Archives: June 2016

Zakir Husain Delhi College- The other face of Delhi University

Delhi University has it’s reputation for being the most ‘happening’ University in India and well, who’d deny the fact. Somewhere within the popularity, the talented students, the food, the events and of course, the high cut-offs, there exists, a 300 year old legacy of Delhi’s finest academic institutions, Zakir Husain Delhi College.

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When you come into this college, as a student, very often because you have been rejected by your dream colleges from north or maybe south campus, there is no denying of the fact that you do feel the lack of excitement you expected when you planned coming in to DU. Maybe because of the Rickshaw that just over charged you from New Delhi Metro Station because you are a fuccha, or may it be the strict gate keepers who won’t let you in unless you prove yourself a ZHDC student, or if you are one of those most patient ‘good guys’, you will have to lose it when you get to know the ‘67% or no admit cards’ rule. But you’d learn to let go, because you know you are not in school anymore.

As days pass by, week in week out, you get to know people, your seniors who pass on the attendance hacks, or your teachers, who don’t write boring books on Finance but will prove why Zakir Husain has been successful in maintaining 19 departments and the most number of courses in the University. And you will feel like settling into your surroundings when you’ll find out that the college has a canteen, a separate ‘CHAT CORNER’ and a separate canteen for what you can call a ‘dessert’ and drinks corner. Yes, three of those. If you still don’t find yourself satisfied, the college auditorium, the most fantastic auditorium you’d see at an institute, and if not that, the football field of the college will surely convince you to cooperate with the rules.

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Apart from what the college provides you in exchange of your cooperation with the strictness, which is not very “DU”, the students pay a huge role in making you feel that your college is not one of those ‘mediocre’ colleges as people told you. The most reputed Quizzer in the circuit, the passionate photographers of Chimera (the photography society), the ‘university popular’ melodies of merely 21 years old Ram Bhajan, the complete Arts and Culture Society and of course, the pride of the college for decades- the Zakir Husain Delhi College football team which has been the best team at DU for a very long time, shall make you hold your head up high when you meet your on campus friends.

So, a Zakir Husain student’s conclusion would suggest that the college might not be an SRCC or DCAC if you are willing to compare the ‘college excitement’, but, Zakir Husain Delhi College, surely, is one of the best off campus colleges, with remarkable achievements of the sports teams, dancers, quizzers, writers, teachers and the respected alumni.

 

 

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Hold on! Politics does not deserve your devotion

Note: This article does not target any particular political party or politician.

Bhakti (devotion) in religion may be a road to salvation of the soul. But, in politics, Bhakti is a sure road to degradation (of democracy) and to eventual Dictatorship.
– Dr. BR Ambedkar

What we, modern democracies, imagine politics to be is a power that is superior to us, a power that represents our nation, a power that feeds us and of course, a power we should fear and worship. But, is it?
The whole concept of democracy revolves around the word “People”. People are the superior side. People are the power that represents a nation. People are the power that feed a nation. And of course, people are the power to be feared.

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The modern democracies have witnessed a total denial of the power of people. People themselves have failed to recognise their superiority, resulting in their unworthy devotion to their political leaders or parties. Bhakti in politics is something that creates circumstances for a politician to “be wrong and be right even when he is wrong.” Politics being a concept of deception and evil, in most circumstances, is not to be blamed. It was meant for what it does today. The reason behind nations failing as a democracy is not it’s politicians being greedy or it’s people being needy, it is because loyalty to leaders is mistaken as loyalty to the nation.

Riots, attacks, lost lives, and failures of a nation are some issues that we deny to accept when we defend our heroes who have, certainly, let us down, let our nation down. We have killed each other for the greed of our leaders. We have feared our leaders. We have abused the history of our nation to protect our political interests. We have abused each other’s faiths in our comment wars on social media. We allowed ourselves to sink in the ugly side of politics.

So, my proud democracy, maybe it’s time that we stop criticising each other, look at the real flaws of the country, accept our mistakes, recognise our nation’s failures, criticise our leaders, make them fear the real power. Because we don’t have to be a Political Bhakt. We have to secure a developed nation for our generations coming and unfortunately we cannot achieve that by idolising something we created with our small voter’s ID.
Here is Mark Twain summing my words in two lines:

Loyalty for the country, always. Loyalty to the government, when it deserves it.