Scions icons and morality

An educated mind without morality can be a tool of destruction.

Sarat knows Bangla was Rabindranath Tagore’s brief, succinct referral advocating Sarat Chandra Chatterjee’s qualification as a teacher at Dhaka University.

Sarat Chandra, the brilliant story-teller,  wasn’t the first to-be-icon to tread the hallowed corridors and the then tin-roofed classrooms of the institution.

He and others, before and after him, produced a stream of academic glitterati that set the foundations of excellence the university achieved.

Just as awe-inspiring were the many that graduated and dispersed in mainstream society imparting, or using, their learnings in creating a better social fabric.

They were the ones to whom heads bowed in respect and awe.

Time, history, events and attitudes have crisscrossed, ringing changes leaving behind an aura of mysticism and romance.

Centuries are significant, whether in cricket or life. There’s that human urge to stop and take stock (take fresh guard in the gentleman’s game).

Some of the best writers, politicians, bureaucrats, and so on were products of a good education, institutional or otherwise.

Belying arguments in favour of institutionalized education were stand-out examples such as Tagore or Kazi Nazrul Islam, who never accessed higher education. 

There were others to the contrary, brilliant minds such as JC Deb and Munier Chowdhury.

With the passage of time, as discourse delved deeper, time-trusted theories of education and morality were forced under the microscope.

Concepts considered as done things were rudely shattered as details emerged of the lives of Tagore or Oscar Wilde and their hobnobbing with emotions expressed.

As the world came to grips with such points of view, there was further veering off into more pernicious directions of slander.

Different points of view clashed with slanderous views under the umbrella of freedom of speech.

The balance has never been truly achieved, leaving deep divisions even as teachings and philosophies of scions are encouraged to be studied. 

Profound statements can be double-edged.

Nelson Mandela’s education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world’ or Malala Yusufzai’s one book, one pen can change the world both lean towards education.

Both also steer clear of using the words for the better.

That change can be both positive and negative wasn’t lost on them.

That some, if not most, of the world’s notoriety was the outcome of brilliant and educated minds is historically chronicled.

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