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Protest against Ujjain incident continues

india Updated: Aug 31, 2006 02:09 IST

CONTINUING THEIR protest against the Madhav GACC, Ujjain incident where a professor was allegedly killed and another died from heart attack, various teachers unions and National Students Union of India (NSUI) activists registered their anguish by holding demonstrations today.

The teachers demanded an end to the present form of student body elections and submitted a memorandum and asked for an end
to ‘Janbhagidari Samities’ while NSUI activists performed a ‘sadbuddhi yajna’.

Noted poet and Professor Dr Saroj Kumar who, on behalf of various teacher organisations read out the memorandum addressed to the Chief Minister in the presence of Divisional Commissioner Ashok Das at his office, echoed the angst felt by the teachers en-masse all over the country. Voicing his personal views he said that everyone from spiritual saints to stray animals had been claimed by one political outfit or another dividing the public on innumerable lines thereby, creating such intense factional competition, which leads to acts of mindless violence.

The exercise of power without authority propagated by the present ruling class has led everyone to consider himself a VIP thus, assuming that he can get away with any thing. The official class has always looked towards the seat of power for guidance and has acted in partial manner smelling of sycophancy in order to gain loyalty of their immediate masters, while loosing trust of the public whom they are meant to serve.

The memorandum drafted in the name of State Ashaskiya Shikshak Sangh, State Shaskiya Shikshak Sangh, Government Arts and Commerce College Teachers Unit, Devi Ahilya Vishwa Vidyalya Shikshak Sangh and Seva-nrivatt Pradhyapak Sangh demanded free and fair enquiry into the incident. 

Voicing their shock, pain and anguish the memorandum stated that increasing political interference, receding level of regular college student participation, increasing rowdism have all contributed in leading the very purpose of holding student body elections astray as instead of providing a new class of political leadership they are increasingly becoming a scene to violent incidents.

Putting a question mark on the elections they not only demanded an end to the same but also to Janbhagidari Samities. Professor Suresh Silawat said that the mistake made during the earlier Congress regime of giving a say to local level politicians in functioning of college was not only hampering the work but also posed a risqué factor for the reputation of teachers.

Earlier the teachers from the varied organisations participated in peaceful demonstrations and took out a silent rally while going to submit the memorandum under the leadership of former Vice- Chancellor (V-C) Dr AA Abbasi and other senior professors.

NSUI district president Mukesh Yadav and general secretary Anup Shukla holding a ‘sadbuddhi yagna’ at the gates of Divisional Commissioner office said that the Ujjain police and administration had acted under pressure and failed to stop the violence at the college leading to the killing of Professor Sabharwal and the death of another professor. 

The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) activists were given a free hand, while the police remained a mute and indifferent spectator as the demonstrators had the backing of the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP).  The incident was a black spot on the highly respected ‘guru-shishya parampara’ followed in the Country and revealed the double standards in the saying and working of the Saffron organisations.