A Rant from Christ Bangalore: Law School and the Murky Politics [READER’S BLOG]

Note: This is a reader’s blog. Thus, very obviously, the views expressed are that of the reader and not of Lawctopus.

We’ve verified that the student studies at School of Law, Christ University, Bangalore.

Note 2: This blog post gives a fair idea of the sort of politics that can and does happen in most law schools, private or public.


Four years back, after getting my 12th mark sheet and bidding a agony smitten farewell to my hostel inmates, I saw a dream, a crude dream, to hone my career into one which guarantees Cadillacs, eloquent offices, Armani suits and Gucci shoes, champagne and wine followed by dinner at overpriced dinner, which would cost equivalent to my father’s salary.

My father is a mere clerk at one of the numerous factories in my dirty and squalor full yet honest small town. Hardly able to know what the syllabus is, I appeared for CLAT and got 67 marks; and had no other option but to land in School of Law, Christ University, Bangalore.

Christ Bangalore’s infrastructure is, as they love to call it, “State of Art”.

Here, I got to know what debating is, what is it like to moot, and how we shouldn’t trust anyone (emphasis added), drugs, sex, nepotism, alcohol and most importantly cigarettes became a part of my life, better to say synonym of my life.

I saw people rising to power in the college by washing glasses, holding tea trays, carrying files and folders from one floor to other and eventually becoming the most powerful clerks of the world: The conveners.

These are the people who know nothing about the committees they head.

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But why did this happen?

It happened because fish logic (intended) and continue licking, licking teachers, licking seniors, licking everyone until you succeed. Law school has replaced the word try with licking in an age old adage.

The root cause of this is attendance and yellow forms (a way to claim bunked attendance on the pretext of committee work). So while the students slog to maintain 85% attendance, others just come to college to claim it.

After 3 years of my existence here, 15 days back I found out who the kingpin of this scandal was; someone I hardly knew: Mr. XYZ (name modified), the gang lord.

He is very close to one of the most powerful teachers in the law school, and is always seen in his cabin rather than in class, he dictates who should get attendance and be a part of some organising committee.

Rumours say that after college hours, ‘drink times’ are the real magic. Also, he disguises himself as an advocate at various places to earn few bucks fraudulently.

So, if you are in law school start sucking up to him.

A note: Start sucking up to the conveners and the gang lord ASAP; else, you wont we able to secure any rank in internal rounds of moots, debates, or any other such activities, which would be the bench mark and a statutory requirement to represent your institution at various competition.

I know a guy who has been working for MCS since his first year and has won moots, performed excellently, organised various competitions and still was chucked out because he refused to suck up to the gang lord.

And there is another guy, who fell in peculiar drama, people sucked up to him and became gang lords and conveners, he spoiled his grades but performed excellently in moots, organised various competitions and now got chucked out too.

There is a lady who stood up against anything wrong in college and was dedicated to MCS since her first year and an avid debater and mooter from BA-LLB, a person with great contacts, commendable organising skills, high academic background, experience of participating and winning competitions in 28 different countries, was also chucked out.

Because these people chose not to suck up to the mediocrity of gang lords.

This law school which has 1400+ students, is already struggling with dearth of teachers. We are taught constitutional law in International law’s hour (seriously!), placements are next to negligible, director is an engineer and in short, we are royally fished.

The only ray of hope is to participate in numerous competitions and intern (which is also rigged by the conveners of placement and internship committee).

There is no point in raising these issues at the college level as we have a redundant student council, and any issue is reported to the teacher who is in close contact with the Mr. XYZ (check his attendance for last 5 semesters, he would have more than 90% all of them claimed, a source from his class told me, as he is never to be seen in class).

So today I decided to make a noise at least at the level where people will pay heed to. And I request you to post it on your site, atleast for the sake of 1400+ law students.

Regards,

Not so proud Christite,


Note: This is a reader’s blog. Thus, very obviously, the views expressed are that of the reader and not of Lawctopus.

We’ve verified that the student studies at School of Law, Christ University, Bangalore.

Note 2: This blog post gives a fair idea of the sort of politics that can and does happen in most law schools, private or public.

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