Dalits, OBC medicos rally to support reservation
New Delhi, June 8 (UNI) Students, doctors and academicians from all over India belonging to the dalit community and the OBCs today organised a massive demonstration in the capital in support of reservation for OBCs in higher education.
Charging multinational companies, Indian corporate houses and the management of AIIMS, led by Dr Venugopal, with instigating the anti-quota protestors, the demonstrators, led by Dr Udit Raj of the Indian National party asked the government to implement quota for OBCs immediately. He was addressing the national youth rally at the Jantar Mantar Dr S P Singh of the Indian National Medical Association, which is in the forefront of the struggle for reservation for dalits, OBCs and minorities in medical field, said that the association would fight for the reservation of dalits and OBCs in the medical associations and protect their lives.
In a resolution passed at the rally, organised by ''Youth for equal opportunities'' and the Indian National Medical Institution, the protestors said the anti-reservationists had provided them with a great opportunity to expose the casteist and elitist nature of Indian society.
''The aim of our protest is to mobilise more students, youth as well as other professionals to come out in support of the reservation policy and to oppose the casteist biases of the media, and the blackmail of casteist medical students and doctors. We also want to force the government to fulfill its constitutional obligation effectively,''the resolution said.
Among others who addressed the demonstrators were Mr Jai Bhagwan Jatav, Anoop Kumar and Prof S N Malakar of the JNU and noted Dalit-Bahujan scholar Prof Kancha Iliaha.
The protestors were demanding that the government 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; that the government make legal provisions for reservation in private sector for the underprivileged; implement land reforms in all parts of the countryand remove casteist and elitist biases in the education system.
They also demanded "swift punishment" for anti-reservation protestors for hurting sentiments and showing their casteist nature by sweeping roads, cleaning shoes and raising casteist slogans. They also demanded harsh and rigorous punishment for mediapersons who "brutally attacked'' pro-reservation activists in Patna.
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