More important! By the way, who uses it and why is it allowed to be used?
‘The more you try to impress, the more you become depressed, and the more they get tired of your coercion. It doesn’t make them love you, instead, they’ll see you as a little child, trying to draw a senseless picture on a piece of paper, begging people to look at it and admire it by force. You can persuade someone to look at your face, but you can’t persuade them to see the beauty therein. The best plans are laid on paper, funds are sanctioned, the department to carry on with the job is earmarked, tenders are floated (e-tendering would be the better word here), contractors come into play and the work starts. Whether it is completed or not is anyone’s guess and for how many years will it last or not cannot be made out and it can be only when suddenly the structure collapses and for the next few days confusion reigns supreme till the work restarts. Not to forget most of the times for example in District Poonch the work does start but is never completed. Examples are many and the answers not forthcoming. But now the people seem to have put their foot down. They had to because they had no options. It is unfortunate that the modern construction system has devolved into a mass production line of sickened people attending very short appointments with overworked staff (perhaps laughable) that are delivering substandard care that is influenced by substandard construction companies mostly bogus all the way. That is one of the reasons as to why contractors even after getting the contracts never turn up and one of the reasons is that they use unacceptable material and the people of District Poonch especially Mendhar have realized the matrix and thus they have raised their voice for the first time. There is every possibility that they would do it every time from now onwards. The concerned departments should know that you cannot fool all the people all of the times’!
The people of Banola in Mendhar were right on the block when they were up in protest and saying vociferously, don’t shrink your standards, link yourself with those who think and ink like you. The report which came to me was on the following lines, locals from Banola area in Mendhar sub division of Poonch district have alleged poor quality for construction of High school building coming up and the same has been christened as ‘Govt High School Banola accusing the executing agency of poor quality work which is being done. The locals accused the contractor that the material being used by him in the building isof poor quality. It is clearly visible in the pictures that more sand and less the binding material, cement is being used. On behalf of the locals, a video of the substandard material being used in the building has been made viral on social media, locals appealed to DC Poonch to stop the construction work and send the investigation team on the spot to get the first hand inputs as to what is being done. If the people of Banola are asked then the verdict is unanimous, we don’t trust anybody. Not anybody. And the more that we care about someone, the more sure we are that they’re going to get tired of us since we are going to complain and perhaps then only everything can take off.
Come on authorities and contractors, this is a school and not a sideway shack they are constructing. Fine, the contractors always want to make a profit because they are the ones who ultimately execute the job but the profits cannot be made on the people and in this case the school children who would be occupying the classroom desks and chairs. Suppose if something happens tomorrow which always can in rainy seasons as the one prevalent now then what would happen? Something can as it is happening all over the country where substandard material is being used and people are dying. So avoid using the word ‘very’ because it’s lazy. A man is not very tired, he is exhausted. Don’t use very sad, use morose. Language was invented for one reason, boys to woo women and, in that endeavor, laziness will not do. It also won’t do in essays, stories, newsletters and the end of the year submissions as reports. But it will do when people are convinced. At the moment they are not! After all, they have been cheated now for a number of years and now they are tired, tired with nothing, tired with everything, tired with the departmental weight they had never chosen to bear but still had to!
If a school has been planned then it is obvious that the students would be the most excited lot because education is one thing that has become a big necessity and it is courtesy the Indian Army who got this message going. If the methodical way of providing education has been understood by the Chief Education Officer then there can be nothing better that has happened in District Poonch for quite some time now. Some good measures are being taken and no doubt about that but the whole fallacy falls short when class rooms constructed either are left incomplete or are worthless to sit? High School is an important institution and that has to be good! Not left incomplete as one is Mandi (which is nothing but a vampire’s hideout as o now) or so many incomplete ones where roofs do not exist and walls are getting reduced with each brick falling off every day!
Every student loves a class room with a blackboard, the teacher with a duster and chalk, colored ones generate more interest, charts hung around and students divided into houses. But when none is available and the children sit outside doing nothing it’s a bit of a wretched feeling even for a passerby. If the student is asked about the Government schools in Mendhar the reply is invariably, ‘we should be happy, but instead we feel nothing. We feel a lot of nothing these days especially in the times of covid-19. We’ve cried a few times, but mostly we are empty, as if whatever makes us feel and hurt and laugh and love has been surgically removed, leaving us hollowed out like a shell.’ If you do not believe me please check the same out. What I want to say is that if a school building has been sanctioned, kindly do put in a proper effort! Otherwise its sheer wastage of government money!
If the parents are asked the reply is, ‘we dreamt of studying but could not. We were fools not to realize that the world would change so soon. We’ve dreamed a lot. We are tired now from dreaming but not tired of dreaming. No one tires of dreaming, because to dream is to forget, and forgetting does not weigh on us, it is a dreamless sleep throughout which we remain awake. In dreams we have achieved everything but in reality nothing as far as educating our children goes. But we know that they will rise to transform Mendhar.’ Trust me they will one day!’ I do not think more elaboration is required on the subject because concrete foundations of a school ultimately become a legend and not the weak and perilous ones!