“Dekho, hum tumhaare seniors hain, humari izzat kurna seekho…” doesnï¿½t that sound familiar? Iï¿½m sure it does. Ever since you joined the community at TIP, whether it was this semester or ages ago, I’m positive you must have heard something similar at least once, told as a bit of advice.
So what exactly is this junior-senior relationship at TIP that seems to demand so much respect? Why is it that if you’ll disagree to what someone says, and lo behold if it were a senior you were talking to, youï¿½ll be told that you should learn to respect your seniors??
Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t respect something that is earned, rather than demanded? Why is it that so many of us want our freshmen and juniors to respect us only because we are at a slightly higher level in the education system than them?
I’m not saying that there shouldnï¿½t be a relationship of respect between every person, especially juniors and seniors, but I donï¿½t really think that seniority should be the basis of such respect. I mean, come on, I’d rather be in fourth year and be respected for the person I am and the relationship I have with every individual, rather than be shown respect by juniors (whatever that means) only because Iï¿½m senior to them.
When you move ahead in life, and you meet these same seniors, would you still be giving them respect because they were your seniors, or because you genuinely liked them and respected them for their personality?
Wouldn’t you rather be respected for who you are, instead of just being a senior? Think about it.
Author: Mahwish Uzma Khan