Introduction to Testimonials

Testimonials are anonymised stories from individuals, and they form the centre of these Notes.

Why?

Our manifesto talks about the “unequal relations of power between student and teacher”, the “exclusion of disadvantaged groups and differently-abled peoples and in the prevalence of caste- and gender-based discrimination”, the “proliferation of fiefdoms and spheres of influence”, and the “high rates of depression and the all-too-frequent suicides.” These may seem like just strings of words but we strongly believe that they are concrete forms of violence against the students. They cause real pain and harm, sometimes more than physical violence.

These testimonials are our attempt to document these forms of violence and their effects systematically. There are no easy answers for how to do this; for example, statistical analysis of dropout rates can tell an important story but it can’t tell us about the concrete, everyday abuses that caused them and their long-term effects.

We want to let people tell their stories since that is what matters.

Who Should Write a Testimonial?

You.

How Should I Proceed?

Send us your story. In any format that you’re comfortable with.

If you’re not sure how to start, we have prepared a list of questions that are intended to serve as prompts. You can find these questions, along with our privacy policy, here.