STUDENTS' CAMPAIGN FOR CLAIM ON NATION

It is a group of students having deep concerns over castist biases of 'Indian' Media & Academia on Social Justice and Equal Opportunity particularly on caste-based reservations. Students from any caste/gender/region can join us. We are clear that it is not mere SC/ST or OBC issue. Any student, genuinely, against caste system can join us. We also seek support from our professionals, intellectuals, workers, and wage earners. Email us at claimonnation@yahoo.co.in with phone numbers and addresses.

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The name of the group has its origin in one of the placards of protesting castist doctors claiming"OUR COUNTRY HAS DISOWNED US". In ‘their’ Nation/Country there is no place for non-dwijas (or SC/ST/OBC) people. Reservation for them is not mere number of seats assigned to underprivileged but a claim of these downtrodden masses into 'their' Nation. In fact by protesting against reservation they are opposing this claim of underprivileged. For us also Reservation is not matter of few jobs or seats in educational institutions. It is claiming of our share in Nation that has been denied historically to us. This is NOT their country only. But it is also OUR country, OUR Nation. We claim it as ours for the simple reason that it is we who create wealth for the Nation by tilling fields, mining minerals. It is we who build roads, bridges, and machinery with our bare hands. THEY are parasites eating off from OUR sweat and blood.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

NDTV Exposed

I am also quite irritated about the things going on in Delhi and Mumbai. The media also plays a very brahminical role.
Yesterday doctors inTamilnadu has taken up a rally to condemn Delhi and Mumbai doctors'and Indian Medical Associations' anti-reservation protests. A few days back NDTV's "We the People" was shot in Chennai and we went to participate in it. A few brahmin fools from Anna university raised the issue of reservation and expressed their anti-reservation views and we immedately asked for the mike but Barkha Dutt proved that she is no less brahminical by refusing to give us the mike and the ever brahminical Cho.Ramasamy who was in the panel said that reservation should go down gradually. then we started protesting and saying 'Reservation is our fundamental right" and even then Barkha denied us a chance and the program was brought to an end. We then shouted that this is not "we the people" this is "we the brahmins" and NDTV is anti-dark skins. All this happened after Mithreyan one of the panelist told that "as far as Tamilnadu is concerned reservation is a settled issue" but this stupid Barkha Dutt did not give him a chance to elaborate. It was clear that she was manufacturing the program for the upper caste english speaking elites of the north.
As far as Delhi situation is concerned, these students and Doctors who participate in the protest should be deemed 'Anti-Constitutional" and should be subjected to legal action by the government. Reservation is our constitutional right, no brahminical foxes have the right to deny our fundamental rights.We are also thinking of staging the protest against the brahminical fundamentalist doctors and medical students. In the mean time if you plan any protest, we will also make our best to co-ordinate and express our solidarity from here.

Jerome Samraj
Research Scholar
MIDS, Chennai

9 Comments:

Blogger me said...

i am currently compiling a list o international and indian news blogs that we should start visiting and updating with views and information about pro-reservation protests. the hindu as a people's editor. it is time to flod him with letters and emails. i can't rember his name, but it may be worth the try.

May 16, 2006 5:00 AM  
Anonymous Lakshmi Kutty, Hyderabad said...

Thanks JEROME, for your expose! NDTV is a shockingly irresponsible news channel, and is unfortunately leading the way for other media reportage.

In response to ME's comment above, this is the need of the hour! Please share your information with everyone on this list. Some of us at my work place have also started looking at news websites and blogs to flood them with views thrashing the anti-reservation hate campaign that the media is creating, and we are getting more of our contacts to do the same. We must use the internet for all it is worth.

It's terribly disturbing, the kinds of virulent things that are being said online. While it is clear that these people are completely blind to the seriousness of the issues at stake, this unformed-but-malleable mindset is what the media is feeding into. We really need to expose this selective reportage. The latest online news editions are starting to report some pro-reservation news, but we need to build up more such supportive debate from all sides. UANDI's post is also really useful in this regard.

And Anoop and others at SCN, you have charged this moment with a terrific spark, your posts have been truly inspiring! Wishing lots of energy to all of us!

May 16, 2006 7:56 AM  
Blogger Partha said...

The Times of India and Mumbai Mirror, like much of the media has taken a very strong anti-reservation stance and in the process is broadcasting
rabidly discriminatory, demeaning, and insulting reports regarding
Scheduled Castes and Tribes.

Please read and if you wish to do so, sign the petition regarding this issue, online at:

http://www.PetitionOnline.com/toimm506/petition.html

The petition recommends that the Atrocities Act be applied to the people responsible for humiliating dalits and adivasis through the Times of India and Mumbai Mirror.

Send an email to DeputyChiefMinister@maharashtra.gov.in asking for legal action against this kind of media reporting.

Regards

D.Parthasarathy

May 16, 2006 10:01 AM  
Anonymous CLP said...

Jerome,

Aprreciate your Views expressed!!

May 19, 2006 1:19 AM  
Anonymous Leena , MSE said...

Source:http://www.hindu.com/2006/05/19/stories/2006051925690100.htm

In both the meetings, the Government tried to assure the students that the general category seats in the institutions would remain untouched while introducing the OBC quota, but the students were not convinced.

"The offer made to us was that while the number of general category seats will remain the same in the existing institutions, all new colleges will follow the new reservation proposal. We don't agree with it as it is not uniform and there is no clear indication by the Government on how it will be applied," said Harsh Kumar, a student representative.

The students had put before the Government three demands, including the roll back of the 27 per cent reservation quota, setting up of a judicial commission and a concrete statement by the Prime Minister on the issue.

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Don't understand the fuss as to the botheration for students of the uppercaste general stream...as it is clearly indicated by the Governement, that it is an addition of seats in OBC category and not withdrawal of seats from the general stream to be added on to the OBC stream It just shows that these higly learned intellectual doctors from the reputed upper caste fail to understand that they have got nothing to gain or lose

May 19, 2006 1:34 AM  
Blogger Manuski: Humanism for all said...

I have also been visiting these hate sides including NDTV, CNNIBN and others and found that many of my letters have not appeared in protest against the coverage. In fact I am now asking the ediors to release data of their own merit and how many of them are there through their connections. you will find 90% of these journalists come from the families of big beaurocrats or connections in the Universities and political leaders.

I will send the letter to you all soon. The brahmanical propaganda has to be replied and debunked. Write to all editors whether they
publish you or not. Fill their mail boxes with your view points. And more importantly, students now need to protest. Dalits have taken lead, where are the OBC friends. They should also come out and protest. It is equally important that we expose the racial bias in Indian media. All this hype of world power and Indian shining need to be punctured.

It is also interesting where are our 'seculars'. They do not write
anything on this. Some are busy with Gujarat, others with Nepal, more on globalisation, WTO and so many things, though important these issue are, why they keep conspicuous silence on this issue.

India has failed both in Land Reform and in ensuring representation of Dalits and backward communities. It is time we bring this aspect strongly at all national and international forums and ask the government of the day to clarify.

It is equally important to regularly monitor media and expose their reports.

In full solidarity to dismantle the rubbish brahmanical system.. Be prepared for a bigger war..

Vidya Bhushan Rawat
www.manukhsi.blogspot.com

May 20, 2006 3:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

let us make our demand as genaeral category seats should not come down and obc should be implemented after the number of seats are increased

May 24, 2006 10:31 PM  
Blogger sukhi said...

jerome,

I completely agree with you about media's brahminical role over this sensitive issue. Media is constantly making efforts to bring out the one sided picture.It has been indulging in selective reporting all through. Anti-quota protests are given wide coverage. Another such news channel is CNN IBN. I wonder whether these "individuals" who anchor a programme on reservation issue and organise debates and discussions on their channels are aware of the 'real issue'? I am sure their sympathy for the "anti-reservation" protesters comes from their little or absolutely no knowledge about the issue.

May 29, 2006 11:00 AM  
Anonymous S. Bhonsle said...

I am amused that the so called educated people are supporting reservation on caste basis!!
If at all reservations need to be there it should be on economic status and not basis of caste.
One need to prove their capabilities and work hard with the general crowd to make it to the top.

Again...I am ashamed reading the blog here!

June 15, 2007 1:14 PM  

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