When countless number of people mark themselves interested on Facebook for the infamous “Pyar vyar sab dhoka hai” gathering by the Bajrang Dal to be held on Valentine’s Day, there are others who face the denial to conduct events of social interest.
Ram Lal Anand College is organizing its Annual Cultural Fest on 16th-17th February. Like every year, Hasratein – The Dramatics Society of the College was supposed to conduct a Street Play event in the same for which the Team has been preparing for the past six months.
However, this year the college’s fest organizing committee refused to allow the street play event to take place citing very unnatural reasons. The committee first talked of lack of funds and space to which the members of the society were ready to contribute and compromise. But the committee further refused to even consider the proposal for the event saying that “there will be disturbance created by the themes and ideas depicted by the street plays which could hamper the College environment.”
The members of Hasratein made attempts to make the students aware of this undemocratic behavior of the committee, and over 300 students signed the application which was sent to the Principal for consideration.To everyone’s dismay, the Principal rejected the application and refused to even consider the same.
Street plays have been a way of spreading awareness among the masses about the prevailing social evils in the society since time immemorial. It is surprising and disgraceful to see how they are being held responsible for creating disruption.
But as they say, good motives are always backed by good results.
Following mass support and prolonged efforts by all the students of the College, the authorities finally resorted and have now allowed Hasratein to have its own event in the fest. The members of the Dramatics Society were quoted saying, “This is a win of all the students. We thank everyone for their support.” Freedom of speech and expression has finally won in its true sense.”