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Sunday, December 26, 2004

three letter words

Securing admission to one of the prestigious IITs after clearing JEE is no mean achievement. Once the initial hurdles of initiation (termed as ragging by some) are cleared, the parents are satisfied as also the student. Everyone knows that, in due course of time, the fresher will enter the World with views that can influence decision makers – but, suddenly you realize that the moon also has its dark spots.

The recent episode of the mobile phone with capabilities of capturing and transmitting videos has shown that paise kay liye log kuch bhi karega!! People will do anything for money!!

There is a prevalent notion that three letter words stand for some thing really bad. Three letter words are not to be uttered by gentlemen and ladies. Three letter words are not to be used in the company of the fairer of our species. Three letter words influence tender, impressionable minds. Three letter words are taboo from written matter that may accidentally fall into the hands of those who are not supposed to read them.

But do all three letter words fall in this weird category?

A toddler knows what is ‘net’, what is ‘dot’, what is ‘com’. All these are three letter words like ‘you’ which is one of the most frequently used words in English. ‘Sin’ is yet another three letter word that has lost its relevance in today’s age of corruption and malpractices. What was considered a sin in our youth are today’s virtues – we were taught to be honest. We had to write essays on subjects like ‘honesty is the best policy’ and ‘crime does not pay’. Our teachers tried to drill into our heads these two basic concepts through umpteen plus one examples so that we could learn their true values. Today, the clock has turned a full circle. People laugh at those who try to preach about the brighter side of being honest. We see dishonest people flourish – the TV keeps showing us footages of the bullies taunting the administration. Goons contest elections from prison cells and get elected. Mud slinging in Politics has reached its peak. There does not appear to be any salvation.

Everyone wants to win – by hook or by crook. ‘Win’ is one more three letter word that spells trouble. In order to win, sports persons resort to drugs and get thrown out of tournaments. In order to win awards, actresses go to any lengths to manipulate decisions in their favor. In order to win elections, voters are either threatened or are bribed by the muscle men of the leaders.

Youngsters who have joined Politics after getting elected to the Parliament in 2004 appear to be our only hope. Let us hope that they can pave the way for revival of our spirits in 2005 so that we can differentiate between ‘sin’ and ‘win’.

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