This reminded me of the old karunya days :) I've lost count on the number of times we were sent back home because the management was closing down the hostels.
It was before valentines day. I had planned this quick trip to chennai (without my parents knowledge ofcourse) to spend the day with my then-girl. I left college hostel at around 19:00 and was at coimbatore railway station waiting for Cheran express (which comes at 23:00). Suddenly I see all my class mates coming here with their bags packed. They inform me that college has closed "indefinitely" because a strike broke out.. heh. crazy., we had a 2+ month long holiday. So., what was supposed to be a one day trip to chennai turned out to be a looooooong one :)
Strikes do show student power and such., and should exist. But these days the way college strikes are happening is not good. Breaking college property is not the way to do things. If you want to fight oppression, lack of rights, lack of facilities, etc.. you can boycott classes and create noise. But going around breaking computers etc., is not the right way of getting things done. In the end of the day the damage cost will end up in your own bills or in the bills of the subsequent batches. And morover., students who involve in 'strikes' these days have no morals. They are just a bunch of jobless morons creating a ruckus for no good reason. Hmm., I look upon the Karunya students during the 1995 strike as heroes. They suffered to achieve their goals. They did not go around breaking things.
Hmm.. too much influence of politics I guess.