Another trip to IITK… and the walls are more in number.
To start with IITK did not have a wall around the academic area. Why? Because Prof. Kelkar (the founder director) did not think that academic area and residential area for the students should be separated. It’s the same. Openness, freedom to just walk-in, no distinctions between places and areas and corners!
At some unfortunate point in the history, someone did not appreciate this subtle logic and erected a dreaded wall. This must be around 30 years back. We did not see it happening.
But the second phase of wall-erections – we have witnessed. Sometimes actual, sometimes virtual. Actual meaning physical walls around the hostels, buildings etc. Virtual meaning all the “Show I-card”, “Sign in before entering” etc. (security measured they are called in technically and politically correct language.)
I do not know how much the securtity needed improvement, nor do I know how much it has improved, but it is slowly killing that something which made IITK, IITK! And what is unfortunate is that the way the mis-fortune of the wall around the academic area was taken as granted by the later generations, even these changes are being taken as granted by the coming generations. It’s not their fault if they have not seen any better. Those, who have seens changes coming in, made attempts to stop them and yet with the perseverance and political wit of the other party have slowly seen their strength wane away, are wondering, either having come out of the place or by counting their last days there, as to what will the future be? If the world is progressing, we are moving back.
I feel sorry and sad…