Teacher’s Day is observed on September 5, every year. In Hindi, a teacher is called “gu-ru”, “Gu” means darkness and “ru” means light. So, a teacher is one who leads to light from darkness.
‘Guru-Shishu’ relationship is like that of parents and their children. Like a father who loves his children, a teacher should love his pupils. Accordingly a great responsibility lies on the teachers. It is the teacher who inculcates inclination in students to do good deeds.
It is unfortunate that today this noble profession has lost its glory. Teachers have almost lost their honour and dignity by involving themselves in unholy and obnoxious activities. Due to some felonious and callous incidents of theirs, people have lost faith in “Guru-Shishu” relationship. Umpteen cases of their inhuman punishment are quite common. According to reports, Brijesh Prajapati, a class VI student in Kakraiya Primary School, Farrukhabad, UP, was found chatting in the class. It incensed his teacher so much that he beat him to death. Arpit Kavadia, a class XII student in Udaipur died after his teacher hit him repeatedly as Arpit’s legs were dangling out side his school desk.
On account of moral debasements and lack of proper training, such heinous crimes and hair raising incidents have become the order of the day. It is time teachers cultivated good qualities and norms and set themselves as true gurus only then celebration of Teacher’s Day will be meaningful and appropriate.
Obaidur Rahman Nadwi