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Garba Garbad Part III: The real story of CEPT Navratri

January 17, 2014

Garba Garbad at CEPT: Part II and I

Garba Garbad Part III

It wasn’t about fake passes, but forced passes.

800 odd cops wanted Garba to continue because they had a handle on CEPT…


Some lost soul certainly did try to bring in prohibited substances. And was caught red handed. Sure, there was a scuffle amongst students’ councils from various schools. And much time was spent in these meetings, so much so that the student leaders chose to miss out on classes and submissions… But the biggest beneficiary were the cops, who, in return to not punishing the student further and sort of underplay the issue, managed to blackmail students into allowing them and their friends free entry into the campus festivities – where else could you find a safe heaven like this without having to pay?

And when the councils wanted to shut down the garba, the pressure was not from students but from these freeloaders – “Where would our families go then?” they asked.  Those alumni who paid for the passes, those genuinely fond of the campus garba (or whose kids are safer here than elsewhere) protested too, specially when they didn’t know what was going on. But I say it was a good idea to stop the Garba and the fighting, and of course the blackmail.

Like I said, it is part and parcel of growing up. Hope the institute and the students evolve, and become better.

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