Should students study or agitate?

The recent students agitation in Tamil Nadu demanding jallikattu has been applauded by Tamil media and section of English media,. Some have even said that the students in Tamil Nadu have now received world admiration for conducting this agitation and has set a new trend for the student community all over India.

Some media personnel and commentators have gone to the extent of saying that students should launch similar style of agitation on several other issues to force the governments to relent and submit to their demands.

Such applause may encourage the students to organize themselves with even more vigour and perhaps, Tamil Nadu is likely to see more of such students agitation in the coming days ,encouraged by the media support.

However, it is high time that the concerned citizens of Tamil Nadu should ponder as to whether such trend among students community will do good for Tamil Nadu and for students themselves.

In several schools and colleges, particularly those run by government, students getting into politics and organizing themselves on the basis of political affiliations have become the order of the day. Various groups of students are seen to indulge in pitched battle between themselves using deadly weapons.

While world is moving ahead with great developments in field of knowledge and invention in every field, students have glorious opportunities ahead of them and they should realise this. While certainly they should be concerned about the various issues , their thinking that they should spearhead such reforms can become counter productive

It is high time that the students should realise themselves that their prime task is to study and equip themselves with knowledge and talent to forge ahead in life. If they start thinking that they should be agitators as much as students , then the students would be the losers themselves , while politicians and media will use them for their benefits.

N.S.Venkataraman more  

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For first five days the agitation was entirely peaceful because there were no politicians involved in the agitation. On 23rd Jan anti social elements entered into the fray and balance group who did not disperse got violent. Govt should identify each and every one and punish them. I see different voices about the agitation itself like ; Are there not more worthy causes for which the youth should have agitated , Students job is to only study and nothing else etc. While a large section of urbanites may not be able to relate to Jallikattu ( including me) may even feel that it is a crude tradition and we must reform and not continue with such a sport. However Jallikattu became a rallying point around which the students and large section of Tamils rallied around as they felt the ban to be an insult to Tamil tradition and question the very Identity of being a Tamilian. World over traditions to some is an expression of their Identity to others it may look crude and out dated. Here are some examples ; I have heard some question the pal abhishekam in temples as a waste when vast majority suffer from mal nutrition, I heard voices which said huge quantity of gold jewels found in Padmanabha Swamy temple should be take over by Govt and should be used for society's benefit. But then these are traditions which cannot be questioned. Lastly if we consider our youth to be mature enough to vote then we must accept they are mature to understand what is happening around them. more  
In my point school students are putting effect on cleaning, in Erode railway junction worker's they are following to keep neatness. But on bublic awarenesses poor. more  
I fully endorse your views. Students have to undertake their studies first before such agitations. I think they try to dodge their classes in the pretext of such agitations which needs no concentration or any brain work.VCS Phone: 044-2363 5628. Email: From: N.S. Venkataraman To: Sent: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 11:55 PM Subject: New post "Should students study or ..." in [Residents of Tamil Nadu] more  
It is the impression of a large section of the populace in Tamilnadu that the students protesting for jallikattu are a misguided lot. They have espoused a wrong cause. Media has unnecessarily glorified the movement. Now on Monday(23rd Jan, 2017) the cat is out of the bag. Looks like the blackshirts and others with agenda of their own have exploited the so-called peaceful movement. It is most reprehensible that people of Tamilnadu have been held to ransom by this misguided movement being taken advantage by criminals with a political/traitorous agenda. How dare they lock up police personnel in the police stations and set fire to them? How dare they set fire to buses and vehicles causing loss to the State/Nation? The matter must not be laid to rest and the criminals must be brought to book. Nor should we countenance such blatant misuse of public spaces for flouting Supreme Court dicta. There is a limit to tolerance of such actions quoting human liberty and rights when they result in anarchy and extreme hardship of the common people. The media should also endeavour to show both sides and not only give undue attention to gimmicks like this. L.Kalavathi Retd. Bank Official Chennai, Tamilnadu, India 26th Jan 2017 more  
In my point of view this historical agitation clearly sent a note to the politicians should keep up their promises and also should think twice before to take hasty decisions like demonitisation, Neet, water sharing. more  
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