You seem lost and there is despair in your teary eyes and many questions in your ever curious minds at the series of events, in the past week, that have led to a murder, humiliation and rape of not just your young counterparts but also humanity on the whole.
As we write this letter, there is lot of pain, anxiety and remorse that we are going through. Knowing completely well that these words(murder, rape and humiliation) would never occur in the vocabulary that we taught you, the shock that comes as you face them alone is also unknown to your innocent minds.
SORRY dear ones, for having failed in our teaching. We sent you to face the world without preparing you to fight the battles (the only battle we prepared you was that of COMPETITION as you study and to make a mark as you face the world). Yes, the battles that you face now are very fierce and so sudden that you are caught unawares. We always felt our two hands were capable to shield you against all odds but now we long for many more to protect you.
Dear little ones, we held your hand and left you in temples of education, the SCHOOLS , but little did we realize that they have changed into dens of human demonic behavior(calling them beastly would perhaps belittle the animal kingdom).
SORRY dear ones, we could not comprehend the ghastly situations that you may be required to face. The notion that we held about such events being subjected only to adults and not young innocent ones like you have proved wrong and slapped us hard enough to shatter our pride as being protective parents.
SORRY dear ones, for turning the sweet innocent smiles on your face into bitter and ugly expressions of horror and terror. We want to bring your smiles back and punish the culprits who day in and day out are robbing your smiles fearlessly.
SORRY dear ones, the eyes that once sparkled with laughter are now filled with fear. The faith and regard, that we taught you to have with elders, have become sharp weapons that have pierced your eyes blind.
Though deeply uneasy and going through sleepless nights to give you all the comforts, we assure you that LIFE is not all DARK but there is SUNSHINE that follows and we promise, reassure and instill hope, in YOU and ourselves, that we will have a beautiful tomorrow to make the DREAMS, that you have, come true .
Dear little ones, amidst all the thunder and lightning that will surely be raining troubles on cowards of such dastardly acts, you must open your eyes to the COLORFUL RAINBOW of FUTURE that greets you ahead.
Lovingly and with warm affection for you always,
The incidents that have occurred in school premises on young children in India on three consecutive days in the past week prompted me to write the above letter post. First one of a murder of a 7 year old child, Second one of humiliation of a teenage girl, for not wearing school uniform, by asking her to stand in boys toilet and the Third one of a 5 year old child being raped. As a mother of two school-going kids I have been having sleepless nights over past few days since the incidents and comforting my kids with positive thoughts. The outrage and anguish that these incidences have created, among all the parents, have broken the walls of patience.
I have been reading the book AJAYA-Epic of the Kaurava clan Book-I Role of the Dice by Anand Neelakantan. (In this book the author has attempted to view Mahabharat, the Indian epic, from the side ,of Kauravas, who lost the war.) It reflects on ‘Su’ yodhan rather than ‘Dur’yodhan. (‘Su’ used for good while Dur as a derogatory for bad)Hence I am tempted to call these persons, who have tortured the kids, as modern day Kauravas or Duryodhans only difference being that the Mahabharat refers to 100 Kauravas but we are facing thousands of them now. Let us pledge to win this battle for our kids.
(NB: I would welcome, if those reading this post, have thoughts similar or otherwise and share them in comments.-Medha)