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Saturday, March 31, 2007

Arjun Singh booed, shown black flags in JNU

Source: http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/46218.html

Arjun Singh booed, shown black flags in JNU
Posted on : Sat, 31 Mar 2007 10:32:01 GMT Author : Indo Asian News Service

New Delhi, March 31 Dozens of students booed and shouted slogans against Human Resource Development Minister Arjun Singh Saturday at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) for supporting quotas for backward classes in elite educational institutions.

Singh had been invited as the chief guest by the social science department of JNU that was celebrating 150 years of the 1857 Sepoy Mutiny, popularly known as India's first war of independence.

As soon as the minister went to the podium to deliver his address, nearly 70 students under the Youth for Equality (YFE) banner shouted slogans like 'Arjun Singh murdabad' and waved black flags at him.

'We showed him an OBC certificate with his photograph over it. We don't want a minister who divides India on the basis of caste,' said Amit Kumar, a PhD student and coordinator of YFE at JNU.

The chaos lasted for over 30 minutes and interrupted Singh for nearly 20 minutes before he managed to complete his speech.

'Though JNU believes in freedom of speech, Arjun Singh, a votary of inequality, should not come to our university. We interrupted his speech for about 20 minutes and continued with our protest after that as well,' Kumar told IANS.

Holding placards and banners with messages like 'Reservation murdabad', 'Casteism, down, down!' the students demanded that the minister should resign in the wake of Supreme Court's temporary stay on 27 percent quota in higher educational institutions for other backward classes (OBCs).

The Supreme Court, disposing of petitions challenging the reservation law, stayed its implementation till August, citing lack of data on the OBC population.

The HRD ministry Friday said there would be no compromise in its commitment to securing social justice for weaker sections and it would go ahead with the implementation of reservation for backward classes in higher educational institutions.

However, the Left-backed JNU students union denounced the development.

'It's a shameful development. We denounce the sloganeering against the HRD minister. We believe reservation for OBC students is a social need and the government is doing right by ensuring it,' said Dhananjay Tripaty, president of the students union.

'We hope the final verdict of the court will go in favour of reservation,' he added.

2 Comments:

  • Dhananjay Tripathi ji ko ye yaad dilaiye ki aaj se kuch saal baad, jab unke bachche JNU mein admission lene ayenge to unse agar unki caste poochi jayegi to kya woh apna sir utha ke keh sakenge ki woh ek azad hindustan ke niwasi hain?
    Sirf Mr. Tripathi ya Arjun Sigh hi nahin, main har us insaan se poochna chahta hoon jo is desh ko jaat-paat ke nam par baantne par tula hai, ki aazadi ki 60 saal baad aap apne mulk ko fir se baantne ki cheshta kar rahe hain, ye kahaan ki samajhdari hai. Mana ki aaj bhi kuch varg ke log pichde hue hain, to kya unko sahara dene ke liye aap bakiyon ko pichad denge? Kya unko upar lane ke liye, bakiyon ko neeche lana hi ek tarika hai? Hamare politicians jo ki quota system ki itni waqalat karte hain, kya woh ek aise doctor se ilaaj karwana pasand karenge, jo sirf is wajah se doctor ban paya ki woh ek OBC hai? YA fir kya woh apne party ke tickets OBCs ke liye reserve karenge?

    And if the quotas are an inevitability, then the question is wheather an OBC continues to be a favoured person forever? Having once got the benefit of quota for being an OBC, will his future generations continue to use the OBC ceritificate? Will the OBC be able to use his OBC identity at every step and turn of his educational & professional career?

    I stand by YFE not for my, but my country's future.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Sun Apr 01, 01:54:00 AM GMT+5:30  

  • why you people keep quiet when UPA govt announces special measures and reservations to muslims. you people fight against your own religious people.. but not other religions?
    you know congress govt in AP providing 5% reservations to muslims. so out every 1000 seats 50 seats are reserved for muslims exclusively. if another 10 people qualify for general category their share goes to 6%. some communities in muslims are already included in BCs.. over all it goes to 7 to 8%.
    who are the losers? hindus or somebody else?
    why are you not thinking about this? why you fight only when govt announces certain measures to your fellow hindu brothers? think... think..

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Mon Apr 02, 09:48:00 AM GMT+5:30  

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