May I on behalf of all those who are the victims of ragging in schools and universities and such places thank you and your paper for having highlighted this all important issue during the last few weeks.
Two persons who have contributed to this debate, Bryan Senewiratne from Down Under and Kumar David from Colombo, both products of our Church Schools, are persons whose thinking I value very much. Therefore this subject of ragging should not be put under the carpet and given a baseless explanation. However where does one move from this debate?
To my mind what is done in the name of ragging in our institutions is a reflection of the violence in our society. For decades, Sri Lanka has been a violent country. Just to mention one case in point, the manner in which some of the 225 in our legislature ‘handled’ a member of the Buddhist Sangha in Parliament on the occasion of the election of a speaker speaks volumes for the state of our nation. It is the so-called leaders in parliament and others exposed thanks to the media who in some way communicate the manner in which one behaves in our society today and it is from such so-called leaders that those who indulge in ragging take their cue.
So to my mind to get rid of ragging and such violent activities in our society one has to touch base and go back to roots. Our homes, places of education and worship are the three pillars of our society that ought to take values in education seriously for education is not O/Levels, A/Levels etc. but values. Therefore all these places mentioned must take their roles very seriously. Unless and until this is done, students and others will continue to behave the way they have been. Over to all in education.