The other day at a Get together we were all asked to introduce ourselves and we did so in right earnest with the result everyone of us came to know a little about our background/families and achievements for the first time. Since the occasion was to celebrate IWD, for once the men folk were not included. Though we had a free wheeling discussion on several issues pertaining to women the main focus was on reasons for children turning into riff raffs thus posing a danger to safety of women besides becoming a menace to society. In general we thought it must be for the following reasons children turn to unsocial activities ranging from the mildest to the serious: Pampering by parents (especially the rich and powerful) by giving children too much freedom and pocket money; Working parents giving into their childrens’ demands to compensate for lack of time spent with them; parents increasingly becoming self centered furthering their own interests and wanting to be left alone to enjoy life and finally frequent quarreling by parents in front of their children.
But are parents to be blamed for all the omissions and commissions of their children once they become adults and have greater exposure to society? If so, what is the role of education if it doesnot prepare one to discriminate the good from the bad and choose the former to follow?
We are yet to find an answer.
n.meera raghavendra rao