|5th February 2004|
A Final Adios
We bid the batch of 2003-2004 a final farewell on Saturday, the 24th of January. The memory of that day has been etched into our minds and hearts forever. But so have the collective memories of each and every member of the senior-most batch in the school.
Ever since our journey through the corridors and classrooms of Vasant Valley began, they have always been one step ahead of us, paving the way, setting the standards and facing the challenges.
They have been our mentors, our role models and our friends. Over the years, each one of them has touched our lives in some manner or the other, and many of us have formed close bonds with the members of this very special batch.
Though we officially bid them a farewell on Saturday, we will never really say goodbye.
Through the course of time, the batch of 2003-2004 has become a well-loved member of the Vasant Valley family.
Their achievements, trials, tribulations, legacies and laughter will remain with us forever- be it Sonal's enunciation of the song no-no-notorious, Ratna's famous catwalk, Umed's Laughing Buddha pose and memorable stage performances, and Tiya's love not only for mankind but for womankind as well.
As they step out of their warm niche and begin to take their first steps in the real world, we would like to wish each and every one of them the very best of luck and hope that they are successful in everything the undertake and do.
Good luck class 12!!!
Human Rights In India- Distant Dream OR Reality
This is not meant to be one of those maudlin, over-sentimental articles, which leaves you upset. It is meant to be ponderous, weighty. It is meant to leave you thinking. It is meant to present the stark truth.
Today, in the global scenario the field of human rights is receiving a significant amount of importance. Human rights are essentially a modern version of natural rights advocated by John Locke. These are rights which one receives because one is `human'. And while the concept seems infallible on paper, the violations of human rights are numerous.
They range from hate crimes against various sexual minorities to dowry murders. Recently issues like prostitution legalisation and legislation of homosexuality in India have been in the news. Activists urge the state to consider making changes in the constitution so that these people can live their lives with some amount of dignity.
Dowry murder too is an example of human rights violation. This custom is widely prevalent in Western India. Though the term is self-explanatory, there are shocking intricacies of this custom. It does not stop simply at the burning of a bride. These women often suffer physical, mental and sexual abuse at the hands of their husbands as well.
Even though awareness of human rights has gained ground in India, yet this is only the beginning; a lot remains to be achieved. UN secretary general Kofi Annan said, " Only when people are educated about human rights can we hope to prevent human rights violation, and thus prevent conflict as well."
Aditi Malik, XII-A
My Friend From Eternity
I lay back on my couch,
Prakruti Nanda, VI-A
I write this article because people think I'm crazy as I believe in the law. I believe that the right kind of legislation exists in many parts of the world, and especially in India. I believe in the sanctity of the constitution as well as in the foresight if its makers. And I believe that there is a problem, but one of a different kind.
"Human rights in India" is by no means a paradox. The opposition seems to be quoting the UN with great fanfare, so I will do the same. The UN Human Development Index puts India very low. However the report states that rights in this country are "good", the problems, as I said, lie elsewhere.
Human right violations in this county are not for want of good legislation, but due to lack of people who follow the law, or those who refuse to do anything but whine about HOW BAD the law is without even knowing WHAT the law is. The examples above are all of cases where there has been violation of LAWS, not HR violations. Deprivation of education is NOT an HR violation, and neither are dowry deaths. Any murder is a crime, and all criminals need to be punished. But a crime doesn't have to be linked to human rights violations
My opposition also speaks extremely highly of certain "activists" who are trying to legalize prostitution, homosexuality, and who "urge the state to consider making changes in the constitution." These activists go to court and ask the judiciary to change the constitution—NEWS FLASH- the Judiciary PROTECTS the constitution, the PARLIAMENT amends it. These activists seem to have no sense of procedure, even though I am sure they are aware of the procedures.
Awareness of human rights has existed in India for over 200 years. The rights in the constitution are more than JUST human rights. Fundamental rights are greater, more explicit, and cover more than human rights. SO lets not bring ourselves down to JUST human rights. As citizens of this country we are entitled to more
Modern Rock Album by various artists
This album is a compilation with some of the best modern rock groups in the world. We begin the album with `My Sacrifice' by Linkin Park from the Album Somewhere I Belong. We drift through a series of excellent rock songs ranging from Staind to Creed to Avril Lavigne and all the way to Oasis as this album encompasses every facet of the world of modern rock. Songs like Little by Little provide a stark contrast from the `hard rock-bordering on metal' Creed. This album has happy songs, sad songs, angry songs and hurt songs. It has the drum beats and the guitar strings that make modern rock what it is. And they have the feeling that makes rock immortal, as it will always be
Rating 4 ½ out of 5
Agriculture's Advance into the Past
Recently students of class 10 and 12, attended a talk by Mr. Tito Barbani, who is the Agriculture Minister of the region of Tuscany in Italy, about the necessity of biodiversity, agricultural diversity, food sovereignty, sustainable agriculture, and reverting back to the old organic, orthodox method of farming. He touched upon the failure of the industrialised agriculture model stressing on the ill effects of pesticides and the undefined effects of GMO's (genetically modified food grains).Mr. Barbani has been working with the Ministry of Agriculture of Tuscany since five years. They have succeeded in banning pesticides and GMO's with the aim of conserving their health and biodiversity. Instead, they resort to measures of organically regulating the crops and pest control. Mr. Barbani had come to India to participate in the World Social Forum, where he represented an alternative system of production, beneficial to small farmers and the future of food and agriculture, which had already been presented in Cancun in the World Trade Conference, but to no avail. He is against the idea of globalisation as he strongly feels that it would rob a nation's identity of its agricultural produce. In India, he has been working with Dr. Vandana Shiva, who has been working for the same causes since 1987, when she founded the organisation of `Navdanya'.
By Svati Goyal X B
Mars is named
after the Roman God of war.
Martian soil might be like Hawaii’s.
Kanika Vohra, VII-B
The sea sighed on, the man sat on,
"I am!," He boomed, "The warrior of the wind,
The old man smiled, and looked away,
The sea sighed on, the man sat on,
"Who is there?!"
He did not proclaim himself as great,
I exist where light is bright,
The old man smiled and looked away,
Ages will come and ages have gone,
And even when the sea sighs no more,
By Ashutosh Kumar
The Science Summer School at Trinity
The theme of the Science Summer School this year was "ingenuity", and it certainly lived up to that. I say this because of the way in which the teaching was done _ it was truly a stroke of ingenuity! It made the students sit up and listen in, often leaving them yearning to learn more. This was made clear by the number of students who would go up to professors and ask questions after class _ often even exchange e-mail addresses for future correspondence.
This "ingenious" new addition to teaching was visuals - no class was all theory. Everything that was taught was then reinforced with what was usually a practical. It meant that everything I learned, I could then see come to life in the form of an experiment. Be it chemical bonding, radioactivity, or DNA fingerprinting, everything was seen. So anything you hadn't understood, you then watched and it all became clear. For those classes where experiments were not possible (like the lecture on marsupials, for instance) visual aid came in the form of a slide show.
The teachers were also much more informal _ some even came to class in shorts and T-shirts! This made the student feel more at home with them. Though some might imagine that this approach may be abused by student's misbehaving, in fact it was not. Rather, they tuned in more… I mean who would you rather listen to _ a teacher? Or a friend?
The course was quite intense due to the short time within which it was held (only 2 weeks). However, the organizers made sure that the students got healthy breaks from classes, such as a musical one night, a trip to town on another, and a weekend away at camp.
All in all, I'd say that it was one of the most well organized events I have ever attended, and a truly enriching experience!
Rati Seth - Class XII - B
Swati Sood, Rishab Sareen,
Down Memory Lane
Arun Dhar, (batch of 1999) was in school for a
visit on 23rd January. After having left school almost 5 years ago, we
asked him how VVS changed his life and what changes he noticed about
the school since the passing of his batch (the first ever from
VVS). Following are excerpts from our conversation with him - An Interview:
ED: How does it feel to be back in Vasant Valley after such a long time?
ED: Notice any changes?
ED: You must have been a close group?
ED: Do you feel that after leaving school, your peers and you
have become different people from what you were in school?
ED: How do you think you have kept close to one another as a batch
ED: Who would you give credit to for our school's unique nature?
ED: Some say the school is too soft on its students especially
in academics. What do you think?
"The capital of Chandigarh is Haryana" Varini Sharma putting on display her geographical skills
"Did she pierce her belly button or navel?" Shivani Aggarwal
"Umed did the IMPOSSIBLE he's taken flight" Rohan Panjiar at the soccer match where Umed was goalkeeping.