CEO of Unacademy shares how he was ragged and abused in engineering collegeThink Change India
Ragging, as fun as it might sound, can be a dangerous practice. There have been numerous instances in the past where ragging led to the death of students. It is something that makes the youth go through critical depression and extreme anxiety at times.
Though it is under control to an extent these days, thanks to strict vigilance and rules by universities and colleges across the country, the practice still persists in some educational institutions.
Gaurav Munjal, the Founder and CEO of Flatchat and Co-founder and educator at Unacademy, and also an author at YourStory, opens up about his past and how he never spoke about ragging to anyone. He took to Quora to share his experiences.
Here is what he said:
It’s real. I have never spoken about it before this, but here I go. First year of engineering college was very difficult for me specially knowing the fact that I suffer from ADHD, thus I became an easy target for the seniors of our college. I remember telling a room full of seniors that I will complain about them and within first month it was known that no body from the second year is allowed to talk to me. Things became real one night when this one senior of mine slapped me 20 times in a room full of 20 people who did not even protest or say a thing. Then he used his slippers. Oh, what a night that was. And those two minutes when he was slapping me were the worst.
Then he told me that I won’t be allowed to enter any committee of the college and he would ensure that my life would be hell in college.
After this happened, I still had the guts to take the morning 9am bus and face him where the entire hostel was there. I never spoke to him or any of the seniors from our hostel again. I made some real friends after that incident who were in the room but did not say a thing because of fear. They came to me later to support me.
A similar incident happened six months later but this time all my friends were there to support me and nobody could touch me. Thank you, all of you.
A year later I was the President of Technical Club of our annual fest, Chairperson of Association of Computing Machinery at our college and held a lot of positions at other clubs.
Later when I got into Directi (highest paid internship and PPO from college) and then Flat.to, Flatchat and Unacademy - I realized one real thing. Living your life and doing great is the best revenge.
Those seniors still like every Facebook post of mine these days :)
Maybe initially I was working so hard to prove something to them but eventually I realised, they are not worth it.
Do it for yourself, for your parents, for your brother, for your friends. The people who love you and whom you love."
Thank you for braving it, Gaurav.