Another War on Terror

In this post, I just present a mail which was sent to the students of a major academic institution in India with a large population of resident students and researchers for whom the campus is the home.

Without comments. Except this: the mind boggles.


Hello,

In view of the recent terrorist attacks in Hyderabad, there is a percieved
threat to all important places in and around the city. We being a part of
a very prominent institute should also be concerned about this.You all
might be aware of the rules which were in effect during the military
games. They were continued after the games were over for the above
mentioned reason. Regarding this, We had a discussion with the
administration and those rules are being modified as following set of new
rules.

1. All the students have to carry their Identity Cards at all points of
time, failing which they will not be allowed to enter or exit from any
building or the main gate.

2. The identity cards of all the students entering in or exiting from any
building will be checked by the security guards from 10PM to 1AM.

3. The identity cards of all the students entering in or exiting from any
building will be checked by the security guards and an entry will be made
in the register from 1AM to 5AM. It is the responsibility of a student to
make an entry in the register of his/her movements from 1AM to 5AM. We
would like to emphasize here that the onus is on student to make an entry,
failing which, strict action might be taken against him/her.

4. Some student volunteers will be sitting with the guards at each of the
hostels from 10 PM to 2 AM to facilitate the process. You are expected to
co-operate with the guards as well as the student volunteers.

5. The canteen will be closed at 12:30 AM.

6. The main gate will be closed at 12:45 AM. No entry in or exit from
main gate will be allowed from 12:45 AM to 5 AM.

7. From 1AM to 5AM only the roads from OBH to Main building and Main
building to Main Gate will be open for travelling. No other roads should
be used during that time. There will be a patrolling by guards throughout
the night and any student found anywhere except the above mentioned roads
might have to face strict action. No vehicular traffic is allowed between
1AM to 5AM.

8. From 1AM to 5AM the only permissible reason for which a student can be
outside a building is to travel from hostel to lab or vice-versa.
Guards have the authority to send the students back to their
hostels, who are found loittering around in the campus.

These rules come into effect from tonight onwards and considering the
seriousness of the situation, we expect your co-operation and support.

Thank You,

Regards,

abc
xyz
(On behalf of Student Parliament)

I happen to be one of the residents.

(One clarification: In case you are misled by name, the ‘Student Parliament’ is not an elected body. Somewhat like the Democratic Republic of Somewhere).

Author: anileklavya

मैं सांगणिक भाषाविज्ञान (Computational Linguistics) में एक शोधकर्ता हूँ। इसके अलावा मैं पढ़ता हूँ, पढ़ता हूँ, पढ़ता हूँ, और कुछ लिखने की कोशिश भी करता हूँ। हाल ही मैं मैने ज़ेडनेट का हिन्दी संस्करण (http://www.zmag.org/hindi) भी शुरू किया है। एक छोटी सी शुरुआत है। उम्मीद करता हूँ और लोग भी इसमें भाग लेंगे और ज़ेडनेट/ज़ेडमैग के सर्वोत्तम लेखों का हिन्दी (जो कि अपने दूसरे रूप उर्दू के साथ करोड़ों लोगों की भाषा है) में अनुवाद किया जा सकेगा।

2 thoughts on “Another War on Terror”

  1. In a sense, I am deeply indebted to the authors of the mail quoted in this post. I keep going back to it to reassure myself (in a masochistic way) that this mail was actually written and sent to all the students and the faculty.

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