So what exactly do you do when a senior comes and calls you to the back of the bus, knowing that two people have just been stripped off their shirts? You refuse. But then again that’s not an option. Cause a very wise senior once yelled into my ear, ‘If a senior says you. Do it! You have to do it!’
Which brings us to a very important question, what makes the senior horrific enough to scare away the so-called big guns of our bus? Makes the senior so special that one has to follow each order that flowers its way out of his mouth?
One of the answers is that ragging at TIP is confused with seniority. People tend to forget that TIP is not a military institution where the senior’s word is final. None of us disagree with the fact that the fun filled act is permitted during the first week, with certain restrictions which are regularly breached. But the fun in the act disappears when ragging crosses the limits that make it enjoyable. I don’t think hanging people’s clothes in the front of the bus or tearing their underwear is something that is fun by any means.
It’s most unfortunate that certain senior students understand only the literal meaning of the word senior. They think that being in a higher year is the only criterion and don’t realize that at the end of it all it comes down to the very basics. Knowing when to have fun, and when and where to draw the line.
At the end of it all it was those seniors who knew these rules that earned all the votes. And it is still them we look up to. It’s about time we realized that respect is something that has to be earned and can not be forcefully taken.