From a hash tag sensation raging all over the Internet, the Hokkolorob agitations went on to become the identity of the contemporary Indian Youth, across the globe, the movement which defined the strength of resilience in the face of force, the voice of justice against violence and the clamor of democracy in the face of dictatorship.
‘Hokkolorob’ has not merely been a movement concerning a particular institute, but a spirit with which the contemporary youth in the nation identifies, thus its hangover is here to stay.
Here are 5 realizations, which should occur to the policymakers and educationists alike, after the success of the movement:
STUDENTS HAVE REEMERGED AS A CRUCIAL EXTRA CONSTITUTIONAL PRESSURE GROUP IN THE NATION AND THEIR IMPACT UPON POLITICS AND ADMINISTRATIVE POLICIES IN GENERAL IS HERE TO STAY
Bengal had always seen an influence of the youth, specially the students in political proceedings of the nation. However, Hokkolorob made the youth of the nation conscious of its rights at large. The students are more likely to be vocal about their demands and better versed with organizing them in structured movements now. Over the last few years, the students have been seen to have organized movements as well as agitations such as rallies, marches and hunger strikes about several critical issues which were beyond education such as rapes, unemployment and terrorism.
GONE ARE THE DAYS, WHEN ACADEMICIANS COULD EXPLOIT THEIR PUPILS USING THEIR AUTHORITY
Lustful professors who harass students often form the fodder for entertainment in popular culture, but in reality too, several such defilements are plaguing many a campuses in the nation today. Hokkolorob has given the nation, the courage and zeal to fight against any form of gender injustice or patriarchy against whichever authority it may be.
SOCIAL MEDIA IS A DECISIVE FORM OF AUTONOMOUS CITIZEN JOURNALISM AFTER ALL
Social media had depicted its worth as a form of protest during the Arab spring. Hokkolorob which began as a hash tag sensation on the internet, spread all over the world through social media.
YELLOW JOURNALISTS AND PAID MEDIA: START THE REVERSE COUNTING OF YOUR DAYS!
In addition to merely expressing opinions, another positive benefit of internet activism and social media is revealing the truth before thousands of audiences. While, many news mediums may try to morph the truth to suit the best interests of their respective patrons, Pictures of actual occurrences uploaded and shared on social media will undo all their efforts.
MORAL POLICING WOULD NO LONGER SERVE TO CONCEAL ADMINISTRATIVE INEFFICIENCIES
This is chronic of the administrative forces in West Bengal (perhaps of the entire country). When a 37 year old single mother had been raped in Kolkata on her way back from a pub in 2012, the police forces and sections of the political community chose to malign her character and question her personal choices instead of initiating a prompt investigation.
A surge of similar reactions followed after the case of molestation that occurred inside the Jadavpur University premises was brought before the media. Since, moral policing is a psychological malady, it would obviously need a lot more of work to be purged from society, but there is no scope of moral policing when it comes to justice, which ought to be uniform and impartial.
Again, the hope of positive changes when it comes to the police forces of the country is limited but the brave act of the students to report the act of molestation against the intruding police forces on 16th September midnight obviously instills positive hopes in the hearts of the countrymen, and reaffirms the belief that no matter how high the position, no authority is immune from penalty.
By: Abhismita Sen