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

Terrific Spark !

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!

Lakshmi Kutty , Hyderabad

1 Comments:

Blogger obc voice said...

lakshmi,
read my post 'baqwas dutt' on http://obcvoice.blogspot.com.. it's in the april archives.

May 19, 2006 10:26 PM  

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