Chittagong Mutiny

Jumma students in Bangladesh face similar pressures…

In the past four years, 18 Dalit students have committed suicide in 16 institutes of higher education, including the IITs, Indian Institute of Science and AIIMS. The numbers that go unreported are probably higher. Living inside a cauldron of resentment, contempt, forced political correctness, self-doubt and thwarted ambition can’t be conducive to well-being…

 

One solution might be to extend affirmative action beyond just entrance to educational institutes. In addition to equal employment and admissions policies, American affirmative action programmes also encourage minority students in universities to organise into groups and seek mentors. It’s often harder for Dalit students to stay on than to get into the Indian education system. It’s all attributed to politics and economics, but it is more often psychology that influences Dalit students and their lives. The silent games that force them to feel they are flying dangerously close to the sun.