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

Plan and Organise

I agree with the need to protest.
It is important.
If we observe the protests of the anti-reservation doctors and students, there was small time gap in which much organisation and thought went into how to protest. There is a need for everyone to think on the lines of organisation. This does not only mean attending protests. It means thinking of organisations and groups that u know. Student unions, professional bodies, ngos, small (or big) political parties. Having identified these groups, one should try and build pressure on them to protest. There is no need to hold massive protests, though these are the best. The key is effective protests. 50 people outside a hospital, 20 people at a main traffic junction even for ten min. stick small computer printed or handwritten pamphlets in buses or other places where people queue up. Take responsibility and become the centre for organisation in your city. All the while co-ordinate with national level efforts to organise large-scale protests. Before every protest make sure u call the media :). All numbers of the reporting desk are printed at the last page of every newspaper. If we look at Vivek's comment we can see that the media is unwilling to acknowledge pro-reservation voices. If you are unable to ensure that reporters you know attended the protests, then protest in front of the newspaper offices. Each city has a press club. It is cheap to book it for 1 hour and hold a programme where three major figures talk about reservation. In the press invites some famous names it doesn't matter if they do not actually come as long as the reporters come. It may also be possible to hold protests opposite where striking doctors are holding protests, with placards that expose the idiocy of their placards. There are a million ways. Just do it.
Most important is not to loose steam. Some protests won't be covered in the media. Such is life. That is no reason not to protest.

Uandi
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

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