Statement in support of the struggle for justice for Mudasir Kamran


[Via Ravi Chandran]

March 11, 2013.

We express our solidarity with the ongoing struggle of the students of the English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad following the unfortunate suicide of Mudasir Kamran, a PhD student at the University, on March 02, 2013. We are dismayed at the insensitivity with which the University administration has handled the situations that led up to Mudasir's mysterious and tragic death labeled as suicide and the events that unfolded in its aftermath.

It is deplorable that the Vice-Chancellor, instead of acknowledging the failure of the system and addressing the apprehensions of the students by taking corrective steps that ensure justice, is resorting to coercive tactics and trying to threaten the students with police action if they do not call off their strike, and warning them of "zero semester" if classes do not resume on Monday (i.e. March 11). Such despicable strategies will not hamper the spirit of the students of EFLU, who have formed a "Struggle Committee for Justice for Mudasir Kamran". A group of progressive teachers of EFLU have come forward (in the name of "Teachers' Front for Justice and Democracy") opposing the authoritarian ways of handling the situation.

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First as Tragedy, Then as Farce: The color of Kashmiri Blood in a Hyderabad Campus

 

Achuth Ajit & Ria De

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English, the language of a united collective; but also a language that found itself wanting today, as if unable to express the most basic of needs, the most just of demands. Of all days today English was at its banal best. As if clichés had eaten into it, gnawed the life out of it, bent it into prosaicness. Like "We Want Justice." As we gather here today, at the English and Foreign Languages University-- an institution that is just 5 years old with already four student deaths to its tally-- to protest the high-handed and insensitive treatment of Mudasir Kamran, to honor his memory, and most of all to claim on his behalf, and on the behalf of all of us, the students at this University demand and urge "We Want Justice".The prosaic cliché of this oft-repeated slogan was unable to state on our behalf the bare life of it as well as the spontaneity and the enormity of it.

But we continue, hopeful that the voices might pierce through the thickest of walls, and the hearts of those who arbitrate therein. The English and Foreign Languages University, in the past few days, witnessed the most attended rallies, the loudest of slogans (albeit in mundane English). Surely there are times when words fail, and not just when one is perturbed by the incapacity to comprehend how a just cause can ever be met with deaf ears, words fail when justifications are none that men (and women) at the helms of power lend the boots, the lathis, the full gear of riot policemen, to talk on their behalf. The University, in the last two days, also witnessed the highest number of policemen.

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British Asians Rally to Outlaw Caste Based Discrimination in the UK

British Asians Rally to Outlaw Caste Based Discrimination in the UK

In Parliament Square, Westminster, London, SW1P 3AA

On Monday, 4th March, 2013

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Background

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She is not Nirbhaya from Delhi..

 

Joshua Isaac

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On 3rd January, 2013, Kalki, a I year Intermediate student of Vanur village, Villupuram district, Tamil Nadu, left her house at 3 pm to attend to nature's call in a nearby casuarina grove.

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Gujarat Dalit and Adivasi Students' Convention

On 3rd March, 2013, Sunday
9:30 am

At St. Xavier's College, Siddharth Assembly Hall, Narangpura, Ahmedabad, Gujarat

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Dear Friends,

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Scam in Union Budget 2013-14: SCs swindled of Rs. 41,737 Crores, STs of Rs. 17,051 Crores

There is a Scam of Rs. 41,737 Crores for Scheduled Castes and Rs. 17,051 Crores for Scheduled Tribes in 2013-2014 Budget

~ Dr. Udit Raj, National Chairman, All India Confederation of SC/ST Organizations

Dr. Udit Raj, National Chairman, All India Confederation of SC/ST Organizations said that in the Budget for 2013-2014 presented by the Finance Minister, Shri P. Chidambaram today (the 28th February, 2013) the allocation earmarked for SC/ST people is half of the intended allocation and this high-handedness has been going on for several years. According to the Scheduled Caste Sub-Plan (SCP), the allocation for the Scheduled Caste people should have been in proportion to their population.

According to the 2001 Census, population of the Scheduled Caste people is 16.2% of the total population but for the purpose of allocation of funds for reservation and other Government benefits, the yardstick continues to be 15%. In this budget, the total amount of the Plan budget is Rs. 5,55,322 crore and even if it is calculated on the basis of 15%, the allocation for Scheduled Castes should have been Rs. 83,298.3 crore whereas provision in the budget for this purpose has been made for just Rs. 41,561 crore. This works out to just half of the figure of Rs. 83,298.3 crore. Thus there is a big scam of Rs. 41,737 crore.

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The death of Anil Meena

 

Anoop Kumar

(First published in The Indian Express in March, 2012, we're reproducing this article on Dalit and Adivasi students' suicides in India's premier higher educational institutions to commemorate the death of Senthil Kumar, a student of University of Hyderabad, on 26th February, 2009)

Suicides by Dalit and tribal students is a story of discrimination

Merit is important — students have to go through gruelling entrance tests to prove their worth before joining any educational institution to become doctors, engineers, scientists.

In 2010, Anil Meena, from a tribal family of agriculturalists, a school topper, with 75 per cent marks in 10+2, covered the distance of over 500 km from his village in Baran district, Rajasthan, to Delhi. He had again proved his merit in one of the toughest medical entrance exams to become a doctor at one of the country's prestigious educational institutions — the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

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