Quite a frenzy the entry of new faces creates in a campus full of 18-21 year olds. I must admit, allthough my interest was less obvious and more out of boredom than yall’s, I too was quite intrigued by the thought of them new faces. They seem an ok lot but I’ve just talked to a few of them. However I’m willing to give the benefit of the doubt, till something happens to piss me off, that is.For the record, I really don’t care if people rag or not as long as I can do what I want, and the kids don’t get disturbed too much. I mean mentally.
What is curious is the Psychology that goes behind ragging. It’s usually, “I got ragged, I survived. Why shouldn’t I rag now?”, I believe that ws said by a lot of people. That is strange logic, and often a substitute for something else. Generally that something else is “We’ve got to teach them to respect us” (Footnote – B). Which is also strange, because I swear, I respect my friends, and they’ve never talked to me with thir hands behind their backs, or always agreed with me. Another, more honest one is, “It’s just fun, and we’re not actually hurting them” (Footnote – The Encyclopedia and The Bone). With this, I have no problems, but it’s sort of sad the way you get a rush out of non-genuine respect and acting like a dick. Yet another explanation is “We get to know them like this, and they won’t flinch or hesitate to ask us for help later” (Footnote – The Bone, again and again and again….). I don’t know how it works among you guys, but if I need help from a senior, I generally go to the ones who didn’t rag. I definitely don’t go to the ones who did rag, not because they ragged, but it just turned out like that. Yet another man-woman anomaly.
Another interesting fact is that Ragging actually makes a persom a victim of Stockholm Syndrome in a certain way. For those who don’t know what that is, it’s a syndrome wherein due to excessive exposure to them and their ideologies, a kidnap or abduction victim becomes attached to the kidnapper or abducter. I’m not saying ragging is as serious or dangerous as kidnapping. All I mean to say is that by expecting respect and support from a junior we rag, we are essentialy expecting them to go through a pychological process which is not very healthy.
But all that aside, I don’t mind the Encyclo’s method of ragging- kid around and then kid around more, although it seems he saves the worst for the BH. Bhai on the other hand, seems to be the tissue carrying, tear-wiping, caring, slightly over-eager, motherly senior. Not the lengths I want to go to. Bone on the other hand is showing his propensity for megalomania in some/maybe most cases. N is quite happy being nice when she meet them. V likes talking to them. Happily, nobody seems to be abusive or demeaning. I don’t know what kind I am. I suspect I might be the kind who comes along for the ride, takes a bit of case, give a little support, then get bored halfway and ask to be dropped off.