Several students and alumni of Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA) on Thursday held a candle light protest against the Centre's decision to introduce reservations in Government-aided educational institutions.
Nearly 150 students and alumni of IIMA silently marched from the new campus to the old campus in Vastrapur area with candles in hand.
The protestors did not speak to the media but gave a statement in writing saying "reservation is being used inappropriately, more as an instrument for political expediency than anything else by our own representatives in Parliament."
Pointing out that their view on the reservation issue was not an official stance of the IIMA but that of a majority of the students on campus, the students said, "there are a large number of us who feel that reservation does not address the issues that it professes.
"The ground realities that exist in large parts of the country and the much-touted social and economic parameters that we often quote have not really shown the shift that had been envisaged by the makers of the Constitution. They had also arranged for it to be an inter-temporal feature more than a permanent fixture for our country."
This is the first time that IIMA students have voiced their protest on the controversial reservation issue as it were medical students from the city and the state who had a few months ago joined the protest by medical students of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).