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Global India logs in, blogs

While the roads remain quiet, the traffic on the Internet against the quota proposal is building up every moment. Just log onto the Net and run a search titled "OBC reservation + Blogs" and you come up with a surfeit of angry comments, petitions (to the prime minister, president, HRD minister) and signature campaigns.

india Updated: Apr 10, 2006 11:48 IST

IF THE student movement against Mandal-I was played out on the roads, this time it is going to take place in cyberspace.

While the roads remain quiet, the traffic on the Internet against the quota proposal is building up every moment. Just log onto the Net and run a search titled "OBC reservation + Blogs" and you come up with a surfeit of angry comments, petitions (to the prime minister, president, HRD minister) and signature campaigns.

For today's tech-savvy generation, the logic seems to be simple: if you can reach a large number of people across continents, often simultaneously and at the speed of light, why sweat it out needlessly.

At petitiononline.com, over 20,000 signatures have been collected from Indians worldwide against Arjun Singh's proposal to introduce 27 per cent of reservation for OBCs in centrally-funded higher-education institutions. The petitions are addressed to the PM and the president.

Pranav Garg, member of a students' group floated recently by the NGO People's Action in reaction to the HRD minister's quota announcement, says: "Student today are practical and media savvy. We know what measures to adopt to make our voices
heard.”