I entered my hostel and was given my room. Ten minutes later, I was on my knees with a leash around my neck....After so many years, I can list all these forms of ‘ragging’ dispassionately, but no one should be misled. Brutality and oppression remain just that, no matter the name used for them. Who were these seniors, and why did they humiliate us so?
From this excellent essay in Tehelka.
Not only did I find myself nodding in agreement, but found myself going down memory lane, and echoing the conclusion the author comes to -
I have never found any use for the education my seniors gave me.... Ragging is a case study for Freud, nothing more.
Do read the whole essay.