Let me give you some perspective: There are some students in couloured clothing in the evening. White shorts and their respective ‘house colour’ shirts. Some other students, seniors, are taking rounds with belt in their hands and making sure that the belt is touching bums of juniors at regular intervals.
Giving you another perspective: The name is Sainik School Tilaiya with a sub title: ‘A nursery for the future officers of India Army, Navy, and Air Force’. It’s not an MCD run government school and it has some really tough standards of discipline.
That doesn’t mean I am justifying the belting thing. Being an ex-student I know that the mass punishment is a general thing in these schools.
Now, the question is: is this a right thing?
Let me tell you another fact about our National Defence Academy where Inidan defence officers are trained. They get cycles to do things but most of the time they are seen carrying it on their shoulders. There is 22 km cross country run and a camp, before they graduate, which has been called inhumane by the United Nations human rights body.
Apart from that the daily training that the cadets go through is just not great to hear or see. Every cadet feels like running home in the very first month.
But not every cadet runs back home. Some do and perhaps never able to look at themselves in the mirror.
There is a particular place for every one. Sainik Schools are not like some Israel where you have to do your mandatory Army service. It’s a choice that you want to make. It’s not a place to sharpen your academics but it makes you a survivor.
It enables you to keep standing in any kind of situation even in your boyhood. It’s a part of the lifestyle at the school and over a period of time boys start enjoying that.
Have you ever run 12 km race regularly, played basketball for 4 hours on a trott, been a part of the conditioning of 2 hours every morning, not seen fat persons on the campus…
Man handling and belting is certainly something which should not be boasted. I have seen this all and every single year some 90-100 boys that pass out have seen that too. They lived to all this and walk out proud. Still I get a high when I learn that someone is from my school. He earns a feeling of respect right away.
The routine is such that it is hard for every single boy entering the campus to live up to it at the start but as the days pass and when we see officers in uniform, ex-students returning to tell the tale of their being there it gives us all a high to be doing that which they have all done.
It is not a place for everyone as every one can’t be an engineer or police man or a teacher. All of us have a lust to be the one which we aspire and perhaps are best to be. If you are not good enough for that hardship, just don’t fill the form.
There are a lot of school which are way better at academics than Sainik School Tilaiya. It’s not a school for going to IITs, AIIMS (although many of us do qualify for their) or become scientists… It’s a place to become an all rounder.
You know how to weave a chair, win the national art championships, national science Olympiads, good sports persons… You know a many things. You become many individuals in one body.
That body ought to be tough to ignore the comments, thrash your opponents by punch or just the talks, be creative, see what others don’t, play football and score 90% (some of us do that very well), be a singer, stand up comedian…
All these in one…
That body should be tough and mind be not fragile to hold so many things in one place.
And for that, one chooses how to craft himself. These are petty issues which are being blown too far.
The video doesn’t make too much sense. To an ‘outsider’ who hasn’t spent time there, it will be ‘third degree torture’, ‘Taliban’ or any thing which pops out of the limited vocabulary.
But just remember that video is on ‘indefinite replay’ mode.