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Doctors polish shoes

FOLLOWING THE lead of Mahatma Gandhi Medical (MGM) College merit holders, students of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, have also resolved to return their gold medals and other honours. Meanwhile, back home junior doctors sitting on strike to protest reservation from the past 14 days polished shoes at Regal Square today.

india Updated: May 30, 2006 00:22 IST

FOLLOWING THE lead of Mahatma Gandhi Medical (MGM) College merit holders, students of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, have also resolved to return their gold medals and other honours. Meanwhile, back home junior doctors sitting on strike to protest reservation from the past 14 days polished shoes at Regal Square today.

Speaking to Hindustan Times from New Delhi, State Junior Doctors Association (JDA) general secretary Dr Anand Rai said that students and doctors at AIIMS shared the same sentiments as their brethren in Indore and felt that the honour were useless to them if the government was determined to rule out merit over caste considerations.

He, along with JDA representative Dr Mohit Bhandari, tried to meet President APJ Abdul Kalam in order to return the medals, but could not as he was busy. However, if they did not get an appointment by evening, they would hand the medals to officials at Rashtrapati Bhawan today.

Around 50 JDA members, including 20 girls, participated in a symbolic protest by shining shoes of passers-by from 5 pm at Regal Square today.

Dr Avinash Garg said that the protest symbolised the options left to them by the government like shoe polish, car wash and sweeper once merit was overruled and chances snatched out of the hands of the deserving.

The best brains went into institutes like IIT and IIM and chose subjects like science and engineering but when even junior doctors who had completed MBBS were threatened by reservation those belonging to the 10th and 12th standard wishing to follow their lead were naturally perplexed.  Such a case scenario would be responsible for pushing the intellectual and youth into the abyss of depression.

An open discussion forum was also held at the foot of the statue of Maharaja Yeshwant Rao Holkar in the evening. The forum, in which members of the public were invited to express their feelings and opinions, served as an outlet for venting ire on the issue.

Students from engineering background would come out in open support of the cause after the completion of their exams from June 3.

They would lead a rally of students belonging to other backgrounds from Bhanwarkuan or LIG or both sides to the MGM on that day.

Meanwhile, talks are on for creating an ‘arakshan virodhi morcha’ and a meeting in this regard would be held under the aegis of Indian Medical Association (IMA) at hotel Apsara soon.

A meeting of various women organisations of the City was held at hotel Apsara today. It was decided that mothers would tackle the reservation policy head on by taking to the streets to secure the future of their children.

They plan to observe Tuesday as ‘black day’ and would take out a silent rally with protesters wearing black clothes from Regal Square to Palasia Square in the evening.