An Anonymous Letter to ILS Law College, Pune: Thank you for suffering of a lifetime

Dear ILS Law College.

Before I begin, please accept my apologies for hiding behind anonymity. Please do not doubt about your teaching and my learning. I remember all lessons from constitution that you taught me in 6th Semester. You taught me well, very well, especially freedom of speech.

The reason for hiding behind anonymity is again a lesson you taught me, rather a threat under which you subjugated me. A lesson that what you taught is not meant to be practiced against you. We both know from the past events that criticism does not go well down your throat and hence you will leave no stone unturned to reveal my identity.

Today was my last exam of this semester. I missed all the papers. I know you are thinking that it happened due to shortage of attendance.

But no, I had attendance well above the draconian sword of 75%. I neither had exam fever due to under-preparedness nor was I negligent not to fill the exam form. It all happened due a bite by a tiny mosquito resulting in me getting dengue.

I know you in no stretch of imagination are responsible for her act but I in no stretch of imagination can think of a defence from your side for her very existence.

Let’s me take you for a walk through memory lane.

Remember the broken 10k L water storage tank in the hostel compound. No! The Same tank that broke in 2015 and was removed in September 2016.

Remember those broken dustbins and bags of waste. No! I am talking about the ones near the drinking water facility of B-Wing.

Remember the back side of the hostel. No! The Same area which houses thousands of bottles and has never been visited by the cleaning staff.

Remember the animal (dog) excreta. No! Same stuff whose aura greets a person to the hostel.

Remember Weeds. You do! Ahhh! I am not talking about that stuff. The wild weeds that grow in flower beds.

Remember the broken urinals. No! Those which we were accused of not flushing after using them.

But then these aren’t the conducive environments for mosquitos to breed and flourish. Also, your intentions can’t be doubted and you can’t be blamed for all this.

You were eager and enthusiastic to defeat the persistent water shortage of the hostel by storing the rainwater in the broken tank in hostel compound, sustainably developing by recycling the waste near (almost inside it) drinking water facility, contributing to Swach Bharat by not throwing the bottles outside the campus, giving something back to earth by allowing the dog excreta to decompose in your hostel lawns, growing green by not removing the weeds and being a sympathizer to our broken hearts by having broken urinal.

Fumigation was not an option since that would defeat the purpose of you recently announced and much-celebrated animal welfare cell. Not to discredit you from your application of strict anti-smoking rules. Also by breeding the mosquitos, you were expanding the horizons of the right to life.

I tried to play a blame game also. I wanted to blame the cleaning staff, but then I remember that the poor fellows have to guard the library also, long after the dusk has fallen.

Sometimes I see them gardening and often doing the office work also. I wanted to blame you, but your majesty, that option in democracy doesn’t exist. For some time, I tried to pass the buck from mosquitoes, to my friends, Pune Municipal Corporation, but all in vain.

Eventually I realized I am to be blamed, my efforts in CLAT, my decision of joining you is to be blamed.

I wouldn’t be writing this, had our requests not fallen on the deaf ears. If only we were treated as humans forget students or your own kids. Remember, the mosquitoes cannot distinguish between you and me. Today it was a child of a lesser mother, me: tomorrow it could be you or your child.

Thank you for putting me through a physical suffering of the lifetime and mental trauma of missing exams.

Regards,

An ILS’ite

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  1. The society must address the all agitated grievances of the students without any hesitation.

  2. Dear Alumnus,
    Thank You for your wishes.
    You seem to be confused between hostel and college campus. the post is about the hostel and not the college campus.
    I hope I don’t need to teach you a difference between past and present. you sir, are a part of beautiful past and me, a part of a miserable present.
    The reason for being anonymous was to avoid any publicity stunt and possible friction with college authorities (hopefully).
    Let you leave the shame part to me and my conscience, as it is very easy to take pride in the rich legacy while comfortably sitting in your offices. I pity the legacy that was unmoved by the suicide of its students. I am proud of myself and my act.

    Firstly, I did not write about the college campus but the hostel. And sir this time it sure is was strong enough to pollute the air in the entire B wing of the hostel.

    Seconly, I could not expect any better from the authorities who after ignored one of our request to change the faulty tubelight of a room. Eventually, we had to steal one from the corridor. We formally approached the authorities and above all, with some humility and respect. Sir, I agree with you that a college is not a hotel where cleanliness can be demanded, I believe it is a temple of learning, inherently bound to be clean.

    Thirdly, thanks for agreeing on the backside of the hostel. One can only use the dustbin if only there is one. Something every school has.Honestly, never littered in college campus as dustbins are installle, but every time in the hostel due to their absence.

    Fourthly, any more precautions than mosquito repellents cream, a mosquito repellent liquid, and a daily shower? I don’t think I could have removed the tank, weeds etc.

    Lastly, getting a transfusion of 15 L of platelet was unfortunate and painful. I don’t want anyone in future to go through this pain and hence I blame the institute for it. I couldn’t have a better medium than a public platform and I couldn’t be sweeter in tone.

  3. Rowan Menezes says:

    Hats Off!!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Dear Alumnus,

    I am highly beholden for your wishes.
    Sir, I don’t need to teach you a difference between past and present. You are part of a beautiful past and I am a part of a miserable present. good reviews like your were the reason I chose ILS. The quality of education is appreciated. The purpose of anonymity was different here. Firstly, not to make this a publicity stunt and secondly, to avoid any friction with authorities(hopefully).
    I am certainly not ashamed of my action, instead, I am proud of it. In the post itself, I have mentioned “I wouldn’t be writing this, had our requests not fallen on the deaf ears. If only we were treated as humans forget students or your own kids”.

    Firstly, I did not mention anything about the campus, especially near the hostel but inside of the hostel. And believe me Sir, this time it sure was strong enough to pollute the air in the entire B-wing.

    Secondly, when replacing a tube light of your room take 4 days, you can imagine the state of affairs of rest. It took authorities a complete semester to repair a wall of the room which was damaged due to monsoon rains. The poor fellow in that room had to make arrangements for himself, even after he formally approached the authorities with humility and respect. I agree with you sir, the college isn’t a hotel but a temple of learning. We do not need to demand cleaning services, it inherently should be.

    Thirdly, thankfully you agreed on the backside of the hostel.
    The question of lacking the civic sense of using dustbin only occurs when a dustbin is there, something every school has. Honestly speaking, have never littered inside the college campus because of the presence of dustbins but in the hostel, every time due to an absence of dustbins.

    Fourthly, yes sir necessary precautions were taken. A mosquito repellent cream and mosquito repellent liquid machine were used, apart from taking a shower daily. However, I’m not sure if removing of broken tank, removing the weeds etc. was a responsibility of this grown up.

    Lastly, criticism is the soul of democracy and if my college does not have guts to face criticism then it better be a religious institution. Whatever unfortunate things had to happen, happened to me. I am not bothered about myself right now, but that of future students of this institution. Like you, the day i will be in a sitting in a comfortable office advising my juniors, I certainly will take pride in the positives and the rich legacy of ILS and being an ILS’ite.

    Regards

  5. Akash Katawati says:

    I am sorry, but this is an extremely incorrect picture that has been put forward by the student. Anonymity does not negate responsibility and certainly does not permit rashness. I am an alumnus of ILS and this is certainly not the state of affairs. So whoever has posted this should be ashamed of the immaturity and irresponsibility of their actions towards the institute.

    Firstly, the campus is not strewn with dog feaces as is being claimed, especially near the hostel. Even if by any chance there is indeed some present, it sure is not strong enough to pollute the air in the entire hostel premises.

    Secondly, we too faced problems with the washrooms (never ever seen a single broken urinal in my 5 years) but on approaching the authorities, it was all resolved the very next day. There is a way and manner in which you go about with this. The college isn’t a hotel that you can just demand for cleaning services. You need to formally approach the authorities and above all, do it with some humility and respect.

    Thirdly, the backside of the hostel. It contains several discarded bottles and plastic bags, all excellent mediums for mosquito breeding. Students lack the basic civic sense of using dustbin for discarding waste, something taught to us back in school. Be honest to yourself and answer this, How many times have you too littered inside the college campus?

    Fourthly, a finger has been conveniently pointed to each and every authority in college. But were any steps taken by you to safeguard against these mosquitoes? There are several methods of combating this menace (the newspapers sure did contain volumes of information) and I’m sure you could have done your bit to look after yourself. After all, if you’re grown up enough to openly criticize your college, a place that is shaping your future, I’m sure the necessary precautions too could have been taken.

    Lastly, falling ill was unfortunate and missing exams was indeed sad but please do not blame the institute for it, especially on a public platform and that in such a pitiful manner. Instead, take pride in the positives and the rich legacy that you are being bestowed with.

    All the very best with the remainder of your law school and my best wishes with your health and your future exams.

    • Dear Alumnus,
      Thank you for your wishes
      I don’t need to teach you a difference between present and past. You might be a part of glorious past and I am part of miserable present. Let us keep the part of shame and immaturity to me and my conscience. Only the wearer knows where the shoe pinches. I surely will take pride in the legacy long after my mother’s tears have dried and my veins have accepted the 15 pints of transfused platelets.

  6. Sarita Pandey says:

    I’m really impressed by the way you have put it…but really though, college authorities/management is the same as politicians..when we go for admissions,they promise us so many things but when we really go to study their its a horrible reality nd then if we complain about anything, they either tell us off or they don’t respond.
    Reality of indian colleges

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