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.

Friday, May 19, 2006

STARTING OUR CAMPAIGN

Dear Friends,
Jaibheem
Students' Campaign for Claim on Nation will start its campaign on 21st May evening by holding a public meeting in favour of reservation in JNU. On 22nd morning, we will start our Dharna in front of Jantar Mantar in New Delhi. Many of us will go on hunger strike. We will start with a relay hunger strike with more students joining in. The aim of our hunger strike and dharna is to mobilise more students, youth as well as other professionals to come out in support of Reservation policy and to oppose the castist biases of Media, in the Academia and the blackmail of castist medical students and doctors and also to force the government to fulfil its constitutional obligation effectively. Pro-reservation students from different parts of the country have assured their participation in our protest in Delhi. Within a week we are hoping to have students from each university and professional institutions sitting on hunger strike and dharna in Delhi. Given our limited means, we plan to focus our protest in Delhi. We will gradually coordinate with students from other part of the country and organise ourselves under one umbrella and strike with focused and concerted force. We call on students from various part of the country to flood Delhi in coming days. We are a small group of students with minimal finances so, unfortunately, we can only ask those who can afford travelling and staying in Delhi to come. The only thing we can do is to provide them the space in our rooms for their stay. It is most important that our intellectuals and scholars join us. We appeal to them to come to Delhi and stay with us for at least one day. This will boost our confidence and help us to mobilise more support from student community. We also appeal to our professionals to come to Delhi in large numbers, or support us in whatever way they feel they can.

TOGETHER ALL OF US CAN REALLY BRING DESIRED CHANGES IN INDIAN SOCIETY

The main rationale behind our agitation
1. Anti-reservationists have provided us a golden opportunity to bring caste discourse into the mainstream. We all are aware that the media, academia and civil society always maintain a conspiratorial silence on the horrors of the caste system and always try to hide caste-based discrimination and inequality in the name of merit. In fact they have denied us the space to speak, to raise our concerns since independence. Now they themselves, by default, have provided us an opportunity to organise and fight caste-based discrimination;

2. This is also an historic opportunity for us to pressurise the Indian government to take stock of its measures for empowerment of underprivileged and demand effective implementation of such government policies;

3. To oppose elitist and castist biases in educational system of the country and to bust the myth of 'upper' caste merit

4. And the most important point is to claim our share of national resources that have been monopolised by 15-20% of the Indian population based on the caste system. It is high time that we demand effective land reforms for landless people which constitute mostly SC/ST/OBCs.

OUR DEMANDS
1. The Government must fulfil its constitutional obligations by implementing reservations for SC/ST/OBCs in all government jobs, private or government educational institutions, army, judiciary and super-speciality courses.

2. Government should also make legal provisions for reservation in private sector for underprivileged.

3. Government must bring out a White Paper on reservation policy and document how reservation has been implemented at all levels. It is fact that not even 50 % of reserved seats and jobs are filled. This is a deliberate scheme by the ruling brahminical class of the county to undermine the reservation policy. They have denied us the maximum benefits of reservation policy till now.

4. Effective land reforms are essential for the empowerment of SC/ST/OBCs. The government must implement land reforms in every part of the country.

5. Castist & elitist biases in our education system by should be removed by:
a. redesigning the syllabi to generate awareness about caste-based discrimination and inequality;
b. providing non-brahminical, anti-caste icons prominent space in text books and to remove completely brahminical myths and misconceptions, which are taught in the name of National History and Culture;
c. Ban all coaching classes for IAS, IIMs, Engineering, medical and such other courses;
d. Restructure competitive exams to remove biases that favour elite class/caste students
e. Ensure compulsory courses of history, political science, sociology for students from technical and professional institutes.
f. Recruit faculties in premier institutions from underprivileged background to correct the caste imbalance and to break the monopoly of brahminical people over such institutions and to provide opportunity for blossoming of real merit, efficiency and excellence.
g. Higher education must be provided in regional languages or all primary schools must be in English medium.
h. Government must spend 12% of GDP on Education focusing not only on quality primary education for underprivileged but on support to the under-privileged in higher education.

6. We demand swift punishment for anti-reservation protesters for hurting sentiments and showing their castist nature by sweeping roads, cleaning shoes and raising castist slogans.

7. We condemn the castist Indian media for instigating the protest against reservations and providing space to biased, one-sided, castist coverage. We also demand for punishment of journalists, cartoonists and editors for making fun of SC/ST/OBCs and casting aspersion on the merit of SC/ST/OBCs without any concrete proof and thus showing the media's true castist nature.
8. Harsh rigorous imprisonment for media persons who brutally attacked pro-reservation activists in Patna.
JAI BHEEM signed/- STUDENTS' CAMPAIGN FOR CLAIM ON NATION Contact Anoop- 0-9313432410 Vikas-011-20026832
and join us.

16 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yesterday around 300 students from IIT, Bombay protested against the proposed reservation policy in front of the institute. They formed a human chain. We, who supported reservation were not organised. Some of us thought that it is important to at least come out as a symbolic opposition to the anti-quota people. Some five of us stood near the human chain with slogans supporting reservation pasted in our bodies. It was heartening to us that some of the passersby (who were also IITians) asked for the pro-reservation posters and joined us. The media did take inerviews from us, but as expected, did not finally air it. Ratheesh, Dilip Mhaske, Neilratan Shinde, Jude Austin, Avinash

May 20, 2006 3:19 AM  
Blogger uandi said...

i think the demands are concrete and viable. i would even go so far as to suggest that a knowledge commission for "true" knowledge be set up to actually inplement these demands.
howver, i feel that those who can must come to delhi and make thier presence felt as it is teh national capital and this is where stuff happens like it or not.
this does not mean that you cannot thrash the media in your own cities like they did in Patna. the above comment by the IIT guys is actually an inspiration. just a few people, with teh right idea, make all teh difference. we shoudl not worry too much about teh wreched media not covering our protests, it is inevitable. funnily, it si only a matter of time before teh givernemnt has to implement reservation in pvt sector and fill it. then teh media will really start talking. teh media are gangsters, they refuse to accept that there is a code by which people live, of honesty and brotherhood. they believe that nothing can touch them. and to a certain extent it is ture. one cartoonist, two editors punished, who cares? (though it is important to punish teh rascals anyway)

only competition will bring this about, competion by Dalit media. and for this a social policy to put dalits in places where funding running and readership are npot even things to bethought about twice.

until then we must fight small battles. but fight them with true faith and righteous anger. for we must never lose the language with wihich to say BASATA! WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH!

ALL POWER TO CLAIM ON NATION! ALL POWER TO PRO-RESERVATION ACTIVISTS!

May 20, 2006 10:40 AM  
Blogger obc voice said...

anonymous,
i congratulate with all my heart on what you did..i know when your numbers are small, like they are of the dalits/obcs in these top colleges, how difficult it was for each one of you to take a stand.. you've done us all proud, i'm sure. good luck!

May 20, 2006 2:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

saw the hyderabad protest in t.v. congratulations.

May 21, 2006 1:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please conduct the nationwide organised protest. Being organised will yield better results. Use the following media to connect people under one umbrella -
- SMS ... powerful to reach in rural
- Email/Blog
- Online petition
- National Dial-In numbers/Fax to PM

Let me know if you need any help in this.

May 21, 2006 1:41 PM  
Blogger Partha said...

Striking AIIMS docs live in a glass house
Akshaya Mukul
[ Tuesday, May 23, 2006 01:55:32 amTIMES NEWS NETWORK ]

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1543278.cms

It appears that the AIIMS doctors actually got admitted with less marks than dalit and adivasi students!

May 22, 2006 6:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

""Restructure competitive exams to remove biases that favour elite class/caste students""

The funniest thing i have read for a long time.

Get a job or something....stop posting such useless crap on internet.

May 24, 2006 7:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

YES MEDIA HAS BEEN EXPOSED AS TO HOW THEY ARE CASTEIST. I THINK THERE IS NOT MUCH PROTEST AGAINST RESERVATION. IT IS ALL BY MEDIA AND THEY SHOULD BE BEHAVED IN A MANNER LIKE WHAT HAPPENED IN PATNA.
WE SHOULD THINK OVER BOYCOTTING THESE NEWS CHANNELS.

THE WAY THIS ISSUE IS BEING DISCUSSED AS IF ALL THE MERITS ARE WITH UPPER CASTES. IF MERIT IS THE ONLY CRITERIA WHY WE FORCED THE ENGLISH TO LEAVE INDIA? THEY WERE MORE MERITORIOUS THAN THESE SO CALLED MERITORIOUS UPPER CASTES.

May 24, 2006 12:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a backward class student now making it big in life... I have never used any quota seat tho I got into a prestigious enggg college on the basis of hard work...To me your whole agenda appears nonsense!... I have seen many quota students in my engg college driving expensive cars and smoking and drinking all the time. After having known these 'quota' brothers I wish you one thing that you really fall sick some day and be exposed to the hands of a 'quota ' doctor who has managed to get his degree with this cheap quota trick. I know lot of my backward class brothers in medical college also who never used their caste to get into it and are working hard. I am very proud of their achievement.They should be the leaders of our community. I feel sorry for you.

May 24, 2006 3:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hello brother, I belong to OBC and am a student of medical. I never used quota for my admission, I took general category exam and competed with everyone..!!But I regret the hard work. I think it was foolish decision . I shd have taken the quota medicine.. But my brother is still in school. I dont want him to work as hard as I did. So please let us implement this reservation asap. he will take the exam for medical in two years. I will be happy if he does not have to work so hard as me.. I am sure many of you will have many in the families who can also benefit....let's do it!! jaibheem, let's take over this country from brahmin #%#%#%#%# now It is our turn to rule them and have fun... they should be thrown in the river. I dont want any of us from sc/st/obc to work hard any more. I think we worked very hard in last two-five centuries, I am felling tired because of that.Let's rest and have fun jaibheem

May 24, 2006 4:30 PM  
Anonymous injunjoe said...

great going guys. I wish I could have joined the pro reservation gatherings in new delhi, but currently I am working outside India, and yes its high time we get united. We are the actual majority but looks like the media doesnt want to hear our version. Keep up the good work and more power to you

May 24, 2006 5:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

An answer to the following:
"hello brother, I belong to OBC and am a student of medical. I never used quota for my admission, I took general category exam and competed with everyone..!!But I regret the hard work. I think it was foolish decision . I shd have taken the quota medicine.. But my brother is still in school. I dont want him to work as hard as I did. So please let us implement this reservation asap. he will take the exam for medical in two years. I will be happy if he does not have to work so hard as me.. I am sure many of you will have many in the families who can also benefit....let's do it!! jaibheem, let's take over this country from brahmin #%#%#%#%# now It is our turn to rule them and have fun... they should be thrown in the river. I dont want any of us from sc/st/obc to work hard any more. I think we worked very hard in last two-five centuries, I am felling tired because of that.Let's rest and have fun jaibheem"

NOBODY IS TALKING OF WORKING LESS! DALITS AND OBCS WORK AS MUCH (OR MUCH MORE) THAN THE UPPERCASTES. IF YOU WERE SUDDENLY PLACED IN CHINA AND ASKED TO APPEAR FOR MEDICINE ENTRANCE IN CHINESE IN TWO YEARS (THAT IS THE TIME MOST REGIONAL MEDIUM OBCS AND DALITS GET TO LEARN ENGLISH), WHAT WOULD YOU DO? WOULDNT YOU KNOW THAT THERE IS SOME BIAS AGAINST YOU AND THE CHINESE SPEAKING MAJORITY? OR, JUST KEEP SAYING YOU WORK LESS THAN THEM?

May 25, 2006 7:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"THAT IS THE TIME MOST REGIONAL MEDIUM OBCS AND DALITS GET TO LEARN ENGLISH), WHAT WOULD YOU DO..."

Don't you see that this is exactly what should be on the agenda of the pro reservation movement. .. give reservation to the dalits and sc/st/obc's at a more fundam,ental level.... And do you need special eyes to see that for a dalit who is a millionaire all this crap does not make a difference, at all? What is your wise opposition to granting reservation on economic criteria, rather than social caste etc.

In my opinion the correct thing to do now is to abolish all caste based names, make any discrimination based on caste punishable by one year in prison, and grant 33% percent quota for one generation reservation to all economically underprivileged citizens at school and basic education level.
On the other hand the comment on inactivity made by the gentleman above makes a mockery of the pro reservation lobby!!

"...I am felling tired because of that..."

I cannot stop laughing after reading this bullshit.

May 27, 2006 12:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some of the comments, supposedly from OBCs posting against reservation are actually from the upper-caste assholes

May 27, 2006 5:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's fu#k the upper caste assholes then..!!They should be thrown out of this country. If we are not granted reservation
(27 % is very less in my opinion...nothing less than 50% will do for me) then the country should get ready for another partition! Jaibheem we will take our share of the country and claim what is ours, otherwise taking inspiration from history , we will divide the country again into half..and this time the divison will run thro the very heart...! Let's start our movement, by teaching these upper caste assholes a good lesson!! And what the hell do they think about primary education, primary education is not important for me, it does not change lives. What changes lives and brings about revolution is quota in jobs and not education. We dont want education for our oppressed brothers, but quota in jobs. We want JOBS as engineers,doctors and officers and not EDUCATION. Only when every single obc/sc/st brother will become an IPS/IAS or an engineer irrespective of whether he is educated or not will we consider our mission accomplished. Jaibheem!

May 28, 2006 5:23 AM  
Blogger mineguruji said...

Hey guys beware of anonymous. he is a big fraud.

July 18, 2006 1:13 AM  

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