ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Death Is Getting Cheaper

The moral value in life lies in questioning the government for its colossal failure on the employment front.

The suicide pact, in which three youth from Alwar district in Rajasthan ended their lives by jumping in front of a speeding train on 20 November, forms a tragic part of the series of deaths that India has been witnessing. On the parameters of moral common sense, Indians seek to evaluate the idea of death either in terms of living longer or living a short life but for a noble cause. In any case, the latter is considered to be morally more valuable. One’s life acquires meaning only through the investment of labour power in the creative sphere of activity. Such an investment also presupposes the availability of opportune conditions which would help one to use one’s mental and physical powers, and which are so crucial for developing a sense of self-worth. The sense of self-worth withers away when one finds oneself encircled by inopportune conditions. In fact, structural conditions that apparently look promising turn out to be quite frustrating eventually, particularly for the aspiring youth. Ironically, it is education that sets limits on the realisation of aspiration. Growing enrolment in higher education and the corresponding emphasis on the competitive examination system as the only route for a secured future serve as crucial indications of the continuation of this predicament.

The crisis of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA)-led government has become much more serious, with the competitive examination as a concept having reached its limits in practicality.

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Updated On : 17th Dec, 2018
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