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.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

phase I

the Hindu readers' editor's email is readerseditor@thehindu.co.in

his adress is Reader's Editor, The HIndu, Kasturi Buildings, 859&860 Anna Salai, Chennai 600002.

there are many more newspapers in english no doubt. but considering their history of reporting on this issue, it may be a waste of time to bombard them.

anyway, the doctors are not going to be on strike for much longer. they will soon have to appear for contempt of court proceedings.

this is also a request to everyone to pl submit details (how many attended, where and when, what was the media coverage etc) of any pro-reservation protests happening in their cities. one never knows how it may help.

an earlier posting made a suggestion to boycott nonsense newspapers. while i don't speak for teh entire claimonnation community, i think that it is important to read their nonsense even if it is only to get angry.

It is also important to categorically condemn the CPI(m) stand that reservation should be for the economically backward among the OBCs. it speaks of a historical lack of understanding on part of the official left of the caste issue. Kudos to D Raja for once again being one of the few people in public offcie to take a categoriclly pro-reservation stand in public.


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