A Generation without dissent can’t produce anything fruitful” -An ihttps://somatmika.com/wp-admin/edit-comments.phpnterview with Sri Gnanarajasekaran, film director “I discovered myself. Nobody promoted me. I took my decisions. I enjoy my life. No event should happen in my life without my knowledge. Youngsters nowadays are trained to run away from life where as I learnt to face life”. Sri Gnanarajasekaran, the brain behind the brilliant biopics in Tamil viz. “Bharati” and “Periyar” visited KV, Annanagar on 28.12.2010 to interact with Post graduate Teachers of English from various Kendriya vidyalayas during their Ten days Inservice Course. At the very outset after I welcomed him on behalf of the participants and the course director, madam Lakshmi Ramakrishnan, he started addressing us with an unassuming but passionate body language about the need for an educational system where children are not trained to be money- minded but exposed to the struggles and harsh realities of life, a system that blends the rural and urban, the rural enriching them with wisdom and the urban equipping them with refined communication skills. Communication skills, he stressed, alone can’t reveal the worth of a person. Unfortunately, our education system has made things very mechanical and even our graduates can’t match the products of Gurukula system which prepared children for a meaningful life. Meaningful anger and dissent are the key aspects of the development of one’s personality. Without Anger(raudram), one is like dead. Take secularism, for instance, our villages have a more genuine secularism than what is seen in the cities. Even our graduates don’t know anything about other religions and their own religion. Sensitize the students to react to social issues and let them gradually develop the wisdom to live a profound life. Subrahmanya Bharati passed away at the age of 39, but his vision of life and world was incredibly great within the short span. Ask our present generation about their vision and you would find nothing. Their problems are only economic problems. They have become like domestic cows, completely cut off from the social issues. Teachers must teach children that losing one’s personality is more costly than losing marks. They should choose the career that suits them instead of aping a trend. IAS is good for extroverts and 30 to 40% in the service are not fit for the career. We select the wrong people for the right jobs and keep cribbing about it. Don’t expect everything from one’s job and that adds to corruption. A recent survey has revealed that 9,000 different jobs are available in India. One must do what one enjoys and children must be groomed to be round personalities and not flat personalities. He felt that every school should have a career counselor. He narrated an experience he had while he was on the way to the location of his movie, PERIYAR in Russia. The bus suddenly broke down and the entire crew was in tension as there were no shops nearby. The director’s tension was mounting up as there were only few days charted for the shooting in Russia and the location was still another 20 kms. from there. One of the Russian actors in the crew suddenly rose up to the occasion and started repairing the bus. Within half an hour everything was set right and they could resume their journey. This made a deep impact in the director who learnt from the Russian actor that their schools equip them with all such skills. If at all our system was so, exclaimed the director! The taste for cinema in India is very poor. This may be the only country where cinema is a mass entertainment. The Russian actor told him that they have excellent session in schools and colleges on theatre, music and films. Aesthetics in India is very poor, said the director. Modern system has failed to produce the rhythm and aesthetics of the temples at Tanjore and Madurai. These temples built by our ancestors are rich national treasures. The present generation must learn from this.