Sunday, 18 October 2015
“Hello! It is Everybody’s Problem. Today I was Cheated and Tomorrow You will be Cheated by these Private Engineering Colleges in Telangana State.” ―Professor M.S.Rao
“If you cheat on someone who is willing to do anything for you, you actually cheated yourself out of true loyalty.” ― Crackpot
When others’ have problems, people often think that it is somebody’s problem. If you ignore, it becomes your problem finally. Here goes the story:
I worked in a private engineering college as a professor. The college served one month notice due to their administrative problems. But it did not give me relieving order, service certificate and last salary drawn certificate at the time of my leaving the service. Worse, it did not give me salary for the last three months. The owner of the college was with an autocratic and feudal mindset. He had lots of money. Hence, his ego was filled with lots of arrogance and adamancy. He treated the principals, professors and faculty members in his group of colleges as puppets. He believed in the philosophy of ‘use and throw’ and ‘divide and rule’. I did not appreciate his unprofessional and unethical practices but I continued to serve in the college as the students revered me and respected me. They gave me lots of love and affection for my dedication and commitment. I tried to reform the system but my hands were tied. Hence, I confined myself to sharing my knowledge with students regularly; and teaching and research during my leisure time. I also counseled, coached and mentored the students who approached me for guidance. In this way, I made a significant difference to students. Unfortunately, the father of the owner who was a visionary leader and founder of this group of educational institutions died and the position of the group of colleges was worsened. The senior professors, principals and directors resigned from the college as they did not appreciate the owner’s attitude and arrogance.
Suddenly I was served with one month notice and salaries to the faculty and non-teaching were not paid on time. I served as per the notice period but I was not given the service certificate, last pay drawn certificate and salary for a period of three months. I sent several reminders to the owner while serving in the college to keep things ready at the time of my leaving the college. Unfortunately, there was no response and things were not kept ready at the time of my leaving the college. The principals and director of the educational institution advised the owner to pay my salary for the period I served but the owner was adamant with an unethical mindset. He revealed his true colors by cheating me. He did not pay my salary for three months. I had lots of financial hardships as I still belonged to a lower middle class family and I depended on my salary. I was hoping that my salary will be paid on the last working day. Unfortunately, I was not paid salary and I was not allowed to continue my services also. I felt very bad about the unethical attitude of the owner.
I raised my problem in various regional forums and with the officials of the affiliated university. Unfortunately, there was no response as the officials had an understanding and close nexus with the owner of the college. These officials were regularly invited for college functions and anniversaries and paid with heavy honorarium. I felt that corruption entered in this way into educational institutions. I approached other national forums to bring awareness and started mobilizing other intellectuals in India on social media including my four blogs. Most of them initially felt that it was my problem. I reminded them clearly that today I was cheated and tomorrow they will be cheated. Today it is my problem and tomorrow it will be their problem. The intellectuals understood the gravity of the situation and joined the movement and pressurized the unethical owner of the private college to pay my salary. Finally, I got my three months of salary thanks to the support of other intellectuals who felt that somebody’s problem might become everybody’s problem tomorrow.
John D MacDonald quoted, “Integrity is not a conditional word. It doesn’t blow in the wind or change with the weather. It is your inner image of yourself, and if you look in there and see a man who won’t cheat, then you know he never will.” Most people often think ‘what is in it for me?’ People don’t intervene until it becomes their problem. It is not a healthy sign. To conclude, never think that it is somebody problem. Always empathize with others. It is always ‘just is right’, not ‘might is right’. We must always support ethical values and principles to bring a positive change in the society. Above all, remember that truth alone triumphs in the world. The people who cheated intellectuals and educators never rested in peace. They suffered at the end.
“People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.
For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.” ― Mother Teresa
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