Saturday, 19 December 2015

“You can Judge the Character of an Individual when He Loses ― A Case Study on a College Criminal” ―Professor M.S.Rao

“You've got to get to the stage in life where going for it is more important than winning or losing.” ― Arthur Ashe

When you are denied with basic privileges and rights, you can approach the appropriate authorities to claim them. When you have a grievance, you can redress them through right means. At times, people cross their limits when they are in defensive position. Some people cut corners and resort to unethical practices to win their cases.  You must always emphasize on ethics and etiquette to redress your grievances. You must not cross your limits. You must maintain your dignity and honor. Other person might level serious allegations but you must exercise restraint to maintain your dignity and honor. You must refrain from making false allegations.

Once the college owner of a private engineering college in Hyderabad did not pay my salary for more than three months. Of course, cheating is the DNA of that college as that college doesn’t pay salaries to the employees who submit their resignations. Everybody knew that it was a rogue college with unethical practices. But faculty and employees worked there due to their compulsions and constraints. The owner of the college did not pay my salary for more than three months. Worse, he did not bother to respond to my repeated requests to pay my salary while I was serving in the college. Since college was not getting adequate students, it gave me one month notice to leave the college. I served one month and during my service I repeatedly asked for my salary. The owner did not pay my salary and the principal of the college was a puppet who flattered the college owner to ensure her survival. She was very selfish who always looked after her personal interests and ensured her professional survival. At times, she gave wrong information to the college owner to please the latter.  Finally, I had to leave the college without getting my salary as the notice period ended. Worse, the rogue college did not give me the relieving letter and service certificate without which I was unable to join another college for employment.   

I approached various authorities in the affiliated university, AICTE and other related departments to redress my grievance. Some of the officials in the university advised the owner of the college to pay my salary because my request was just and right. But the owner did not pay as he had strong political connections hailing from affluent background. He also had the support of local goons. Because of his money power, muscle power and criminal mind, the employees and faculty had to leave the college without getting their last month salaries. They feared to fight against him and the college. In this way, he cheated many employees and intellectuals. Finally, it was my turn to be cheated. As usual, the owner cheated me since he had the habit to cheat and nobody questioned him until then.

The owner framed false charges since I approached various authorities asking for my salary and certificates. The Commissioner of Labor decided to take up my grievance and called the owner of the college. Since owner of the college was guilty he did not have guts to face the Labor Commissioner and me. He sent his Human Resource (HR) person as his representative. When the Labor Commissioner questioned the HR person for not paying my salary, he started leveling false charges. He made personal attacks on me. I felt very bad but I controlled myself and continued discussing the issue by focusing on the problem to resolve it. The HR person wanted to divert attention with his baseless allegations. By then the Labor Commissioner understood the cruel intentions of the HR and warned him to pay my salary immediately and give my relieving order and service certificate.

I realized that people can go to any extent to accuse others to prove their wrong points as right. What we must remember is that truth and justice have a place in the world. There is always victory to the good, not to the evil. Truth alone triumphs. Satyamev Jayate!

Throughout the proceedings of the case, I followed the policy of negotiation, persuasion, and emphasized on constructive dialogue and discussion to get my grievance redressed. Hence, always emphasize on soft methods rather than hard methods to get your grievance redressed. Don’t attack others personally. Attack only the issues, not the individuals. You can attack ideas, not individuals. Above all, you can understand the character of the person when he loses.  


I found that the college owner did not have any character as he was his losing ground. He instigated his employee (HR executive) to file wrong cases against me to protect him. It demonstrated chinks in his armor. It showed his weak character. What is the use of having money when people don’t have moral values? What is the use of having charisma when people don’t have character? To conclude, emphasize on character, not charisma; and emphasize on moral power, not money power to achieve success in life, and to earn dignity and honor. 

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.” ― Desmond Tutu


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  1. Winning and losing is part of life. We must endeavor to achieve success which is more important. A thought provoking article on character and leadership.

  2. Bold article with thought provoking ideas. Some rogues have converted education into prostitution. It is time to clean the education system in India to keep it free from criminals.

  3. It is time to clear colleges from culprits and criminals to build a healthy education system in India.