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.

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Pro-reservation voice in IIT Bombay is loud and clear

Dear friends,

Just take a look at how those who dominate these premier institutes of higher learning and the media, misuse it’s importance for their advantage. You must notice how they behave on the issue of reservation and what opinion they have about our communities which have been deprived socially and educationally.
On 22nd May a group of 39 IIT students went on a hunger strike against reservations. That was a relay hunger strike and which still continues. Some of us who are supporting reservation have also formed a group named "people for social justice". We even have a yahoo group. We all who were pro-reservation went on a Dharna on 22nd night. Two of us went on a hunger strike. But, if are watching TV and reading newspaper you must have seen we got hardly any coverage. Zee TV, Sahara TV, Star News, NDTV and many other news paper journalists visited the campus to cover the anti-reservation strike. Many of them talked to us. But there was a vast difference between the kind of coverage that we got and the coverage that the other camp got. I mean the media may not agree with what we had to say but media has the responsibility to represent the truth which they failed to fulfill. In fact one of the dailies (Navbharat Times 24/05/2006) gave our photographs in their newspaper claiming that we were anti-reservation people.
The group of anti-reservationists throughout the entire day came in small groups and discussed the issue with us. Many of them who wanted aDiscussion, were OBCs who did not support reservation. We did discuss with them and give our point of view. But some of the anti-reservationists were had an extremist stand. Discussions with them were very difficult. And they kept insulting us by saying that "Backward communities can not compete with us in IIT". The situation had become quite tense then.
The next day (24/05/22006) some our faculty members had invited us (anti-reservationists and pro-reservationists) for a panel discussion. These people who were against reservation even after several requests did not give their speakers and a moderator for the discussion and had previously walked out of the meeting we had called to decide an agenda for discussion. They said they did not want to take part in the discussion.
But on the day of discussion they came in an hour late. After that theyaccused the faculty, conducting the discussion, of being partial. When they were reminded that they had refused to take part in the panel discussion they had no option but to keep quite.
The entire discussion involved good numbers of faculties and students and was too long to be within the scope of this report. But there is one point which I would like to highlight. One of the anti-reservationists said that "we should have dignity of labour. We should respect all professions - carpenters, farmers, potters and so on". When we asked that "if that is the case then why is it that the doctors who are in protesting in Delhi, are taking up jhaadu(broom) and sweeping floors? What dignity of labour is it? Or are they telling us, ‘see if you get reservations your job of sweeping the floor will come to us and that is a great insult for us’" On this question one of the anti-reservationists stood up and said "you do not know, they are actually showing dignity of labour which you do not have." We did not know whether to laugh or cry on this comment. Because these were those doctors who were denigrating their profession by holding the patients on ransom to blackmail the Government. But the absurdity of the comment apart, do they qualify to teach us the dignity of labour. Is it that our communities which have earned their livelihood for several hundred years through manual labor would have to learn dignity of labour from them? Or is it that they are telling us to have dignity for jobs that have been assigned and do them sincerely and not to aspire for jobs which are meant for them.
This is a brief summary of the activities that were taken up by the Pro-preservationist group in IIT Bombay. We are in touch with pro-reservationists from different part of Bombay and would extend our support as and when needed. We have, with whatever little support from media we got, successfully made a strong pro-reservation point across in and outside IIT. We wish to inform that there is no consensus on the anti-reservation move and IIT bombay community is visibly divided with many faculties openly coming out in support of reservation in their individual capacity.

regards,
Sai Thakur
for People for Social Justice, IIT Bombay

13 Comments:

Blogger obc voice said...

Sai,
Your report was a great shot in the arm. Thrilled to know that it wasn't all black and white at IITB. I congratulate you guys on the courage you have shown. CHEERS!

May 27, 2006 1:21 PM  
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May 27, 2006 10:25 PM  
Anonymous Prabhat Sinha, Noida said...

I switched on my TV on Saturday evening (27th May, 2006) around 9:00PM to get some news. To my horror!! I got to see the repeat of 1990. AajTak was showing clippings of 1990 Mandal I protest along with the clippings of "huge' rally of 5000 anti-reservation protestors at RamLila ground under the banner of "Youth for Equality". The protest had taken the ugly turn as a youth had attempted suicide by self-immolation. With prompt action of police, the youth was out of danger with 30% burn. I kept surfing all the news channels and noticed that all the channels were focussed on this act of self-immolation and there was very less of coverage of the "rally" itself. There was another news item that a Doctor in Orissa had also attempted to suicide to protest reservation. By 12 in the night news came in that the youth in question was not one among the dcotors/engineers/professionals. He was Rishi Ranjan Gupta, native of Bihar, who had studied till 12th and for last 4-5 years he has been living in Delhi and selling "Gutkha' to earn his bread & butther. Representative of "Youth for Equality" came forward and announced that the boy had no connection with the rally or anti-reservation group. I heaved a shy of relief. Sunday was the day for Bangalore to protest reservation but thank God there was no such self-immolation attempt. By sunday evening, news channels were not showing much about Rishi Ranjan Gupta.

What was the motive of a poor person who is barely 12th pass and who earns his bread butter by selling Gutkha? Was he mentally unstable? No, he was not mentally unstable. What was he doing at the protest venue? He was chanting anti-Congress and anti-reservation at the time of self-immolation bid. His brother who is working with a call-centre said that Rishi was quite agitated against the reservation for past few days. He asked - does one need to be doctor to protest quota?

This througly exposes the "Youth for equality". The have been saying that they are not against reservation, they want reservation based on economic criteria and it is a question future of India which they are concerned about most. When a poor person is trying to join their protest (by self-immolation) they have promptly disowned him. How can a damn gutkha wala stand with them on such critical issue? Thanks Rishi for exposing "Youth for Equality".

May 29, 2006 4:44 AM  
Anonymous ritu said...

Exposing of 'youth for equality' is indeed a major step forward in the direction of supporting reservation.I raise my voice in solidarity with the fellow friends who demand their rights .

I dedicate few lines to their movement..

"muddaton se aawaaz uth rahi hei,
gali,kuchon aur minaaron main,
har sadi main kuchli gayi hei,
hamare haq ki dhajjiyan baazaaron main,

'rehem' nahin maangte,
'haq' maangne ka jazbaa hei,
'kamzore' katai naa ab honge hum,
ginti hamari hei 'hazaaron' main..."

cheers!!

May 30, 2006 12:37 AM  
Blogger MadHat said...

Fantastic!
*thumbs up*

May 30, 2006 5:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Every Fart is usually loud and clear!!

May 31, 2006 3:32 PM  
Anonymous Indian said...

Its sad that you people are not getting any media attention...well on the other hand why should media cover logicless stance taken by you.

Fortunately indian media is educated enough to see the baseless and absurd argument given by you people in support of reservation.Try to get a job and utilize your time rather than posting such craps in net.

And btw....me too an IITB student and saw no division amongst the people and profs there.All are unanimousaly supporting us.

June 01, 2006 3:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

stop mindless farting on the internet! I have voted your webpage for the most obnoxious and absurd online joke award!get your basics strong, attend primary school again learn your abc's and then try to think straight on this

June 01, 2006 11:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sai,

Its disheartening to see everyone (both pro and anti reservationists) adopt an approach which brings centuries old prejudices to surface. While it is true that social justice demands appropriate representation of all, what cannot be explained away easily is the manner in which the government has decided to implement the policy. There are far better ways of affirmative action (Some proposals like Dr. Yogendra Yadav and Dr Deshpande are very worth looking at) than to have blind caste based numerically mandated quota. The only downside is - these proposals are "targeted" to the backward individuals and cannot be hyped up for votes even though most of the beneficiaries will still be OBCs. In all likelyhood the protesting doctors and the "uppercast elite" in most cases would accept that kind of a proposal and it will be more affective than the current proposal. The good it will do is to preserve the fabric of our country. Think with reason not emotion my friend. We have emotional baggage from our past and such talks are merely provocative and will not solve any problems faced by the backwards in the world of today. Many of the anti reservationists are NOT evil - all of the them are totally distrustful of the politicians. The future of the country depends on how can we leverage our young population - and its a win win for all castes creeds and religions if the economy grows and we have socially inclusive growth.

June 16, 2006 10:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To all those who are distrustful of politicians-

how many of you will not seek help of nearest MP/MLA/IAS/IPS/Judge(who knows you), if your son/brother raped a lady and police has arrested him(even doing sex with your wife without her consent is 'rape'!!) to get him out from police station as soon as possible?

Even if 49 out of 100 say 'YES' to this question...then also rest 51(the 'Majority') make that politician 'Corrupt'!!

Let me remind you- 'No Politician/Beurocrate is BORN corrupt , its we the people of India who make him so'.

June 25, 2006 5:08 AM  
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