The board exams, of students belonging to the 10th and 12th standards, are going on. This is one of the most important moments in their life. At such a time, they should only have to keep their mind calm and concentrate on their studies completely. But at this time, the violence in Delhi has shaken their soul.
The students, in the areas affected by the violence in Delhi, the students who have seen all these incidents closely, are unable to pay attention to their studies. They seem completely broken. Today, their future is at stake.
Anushka, the younger sister of my friend, is giving her 12th board exams. She said, “Whenever I sit to read, I am scared. I hear voices in my head, and I can’t get enough sleep. Now, even dreams are frightening, I don’t understand how to study.”
This is not only Anushka’s story but the story of all the students who are going through this situation today. They are more concerned about the unity of their country and their secular nation than their own future. They are worried about their friends with whom they have been playing since childhood. They are worried about their neighbours, with whom they used to eat Eid ki Sevai (a sweet dish made during Eid) and Holi sweets.
In this age, when there is so much understanding, such calm is appreciated. But, all their dreams are possible only when they worry about their own future. In this critical time, I think they need to stop social media and pay attention to their studies.