Youth for Equality, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Central Lawns inspires again- AIIMS back on strike

The AIIMS RDA has gone on strike to protest the sacking of AIIMS Director Dr P Venugopal, a renowned cardiac surgeon of the country. The sacking clearly smells of political machinations by Ramadoss, the Health Minister, who has been meddeling with the internal matters of an autonomous institution like AIIMS.

Other medical colleges of Delhi will observe a token strike of 24 hours this Thursday in support of AIIMS. Supportive calls poured in from Chandigarh, Shimla, MP, Maharashtra, Bangalore and UP (UP was speaking from YFE's State Meet on July 5 in Kanpur which had met to discuss the second phase of the agitation) asking AIIMS to make a Nation-wide call for Medical strikes. The states said they were ready to go on strike anytime. AIIMS RDA has reserved its decision on this issue.

Meanwhile, YFE's JNU Chapter was present at AIIMS since the afternoon of July 5. We also participated in the AIIMS Candlelight March at 9 pm in the night- where slogans were raised against the caste-based divisive policies and the dictatorial nature of the Governement. It is a SHAME that the media was blocked by the police from entering the AIIMS campus to cover the protetsts despite the AIIMS security advisor NOT issuing any security threat warnings.

The Candlelight March closed at the CENTRAL LAWNS, the historical epicenter of the National Movement against caste-based divisive politics, where the torch was placed near the Equality Tree and the doctors sat there on strike. YFE's JNU chapter brings to you some photographs from the Central Lawns-

It is sad that the UPA government is using such downrightly rotten methods to implement political control in autonomous institutions. The ACADEMIC COMMUNITY should wake up!! What is happening in AIIMS can soon become a national reality- politicians armtwisting autonomous institutions for their own selfish motives!!

It is a matter of shame that the UPA government is leaving no stone unturned to harass people who have had any (real or presumed) role in challenging the divisive policies of the government. The UPA government had also tried to punish the doctors by cutting their salary. This decision was overturned by the Honourable Supreme Court on July 5. The Honourable Supreme Court has also struck down the Andhra Government's 5% communal quota for Muslims.

The Equality Tree at the Central Lawns in AIIMS


  • But what is the use? These bastardiz*d politicians have made country a mess. And to lot of extent we people are responsible for electing such nicompoops to power.

    By Blogger Mumbai Guy, at Thu Jul 06, 06:51:00 AM GMT+5:30  

  • We dont have to protest for the advantages or disadvantages. It is a question of principle. A completely flawed reservation policy and a jerk minister cannot take us for ride anymore. Everybody in this government is mute. Their education is useless. Nevertheless we will continue and WIN.

    By Blogger enigma165, at Thu Jul 06, 10:15:00 PM GMT+5:30  

  • Caste, race, genetic and environment

    The realtionship between caste, genetics and individual IQ is very much there, since it has not been researched in India few people if at all are aware of it.
    However, the US and other European countries have done a lot of work in this field.

    As far as the consensus among intelligence researchers is that IQ differences among individuals of the same race reflect (1) real, (2) functionally/socially significant, and (3) substantially genetic differences in the general intelligence factor.

    A consensus also exists that average IQ differences among races reflect (1) real and (2) significant differences.
    However, it is a matter of debate whether IQ differences among races in a given country are (3a) entirely environmental or (3b) genetic.

    According to these studies Black-White-East Asian differences in IQ, reaction time, brain size and other physiological variables (such as skull structure, and degree of convolution of the brain) in the United States and a few other developed countries (e.g. UK, Japan).

    Larger brain size and higher IQ of East Asians than Whites is a challenge for the culture-only theory. Genetics are known to influence brain structure (Thompson et al. 2001) and some aspects of cognition (Berman and Noble 1995).

    Brain size correlates with intelligence (McDaniel 2005), and that correlation is mediated entirely by genetic factors (Posthuma et al. 2002).

    Studies suggesting that IQ heritability and gene-environment interactions within races are the same for Blacks and Whites. That is, no race-specific statistical factors, such as an effect of White racism, have been identified in such analyses. The IQ gap exists even among middle- and upper-class Black and White families where within-race heritabilities are high and shared family effects are near zero.

    American Blacks have a lower average IQ than Hispanic and Native American groups, which are more socio-economically deprived. For example, the Inuit, who live in the Arctic, have higher average IQs than North American Blacks (Berry 1966; MacArthur 1968) despite being extremely poor (Vernon 1965; Vernon 1979).

    Ashkenazi Jews have often been persecuted and discriminated against, but they still display the highest average IQ of any ethnic group, as well as SAT scores higher than those of non-Jewish Caucasians. Rowe 2005, pp. 67-68 argues that this counters arguments that depressed IQ scores of African Americans are due to discrimination or prejudice. Similarly, Jensen 1998b, p. 510, points to the examples of Chinese, Japanese, Jews, and East Indians, stating that they have been minorities, discriminated against, or even persecuted, yet do not do poorly on g-loaded tests. Murray and Herrnstein 1994 make similar arguments.
    In addition to the genetics, there are some cultural factors also which have been identified by the experts as reasons for the low IQ and backwardness of Americans.

    Cultural explanations

    Many anthropologists have argued that intelligence is a cultural category; some cultures emphasize speed and competition more than others, for example. During WWI African-Americans from the north tested higher than those from the south. This could be because African-Americans in the north had received more formal education (see Race: Science and Politics, written by Ruth Benedict in 1940). Thousands of ethnographic studies indicate that innate capacities for cultural evolution are equal among all human populations. The American Anthropological Association has endorsed a statement deriding all studies of race and intelligence .

    It has been suggested that Black culture disfavors academic achievement and fosters an environment that is damaging to IQ (Boykin 1994). Likewise, it is argued that a persistence of racism reinforces this negative effect. John Ogbu[1] has developed a hypothesis that the condition of being a "caste-like minority" affects motivation and achievement, depressing IQ. However, Arthur Jensen has criticized these arguments on the grounds that they cannot explain the higher scores of East Indians and East Asians.[2] Even proponents of the view that the IQ gap is caused partly by genetic differences, such as Arthur Jensen, recognize that non-genetic factors are likely involved. Indeed, one author has compiled a list of over one hundred possible causes of the Black-White IQ gap.[3] These include the following:

    lack of reading material in the home
    poor cultural amenities in the home
    weak structural integrity of the home
    foreign language in the home
    low preschool attendance
    no encyclopedia in the home
    low level of parental education
    little time spent on homework
    low parental educational desires for child
    low parental interest in school work
    negative child self-concept (self-esteem)
    low child interest in school and reading
    However, such factors have not been found to have an effect on IQ that lasts to adulthood among members of the same race (see below).

    By Blogger mineguruji, at Sun Jul 09, 01:06:00 PM GMT+5:30  

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