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'Report severely retarded'

Students from prestigious colleges met the President and said that the Mandal report should be summarily rejected.

india Updated: May 05, 2006 15:20 IST

A five-student delegation from DU and IP University met President APJ Abdul Kalam on Thursday afternoon and presented a memorandum of protest against the government's decision of introducing OBC reservations in centralised universities.

The students, from prestigious colleges like LSR, KMC College and IP University, are members of the United Students Organization. The memorandum they placed with the president contains signatures of over 2 lakh students.

The memorandum accuses the quota system of being fundamentally antagonized to the spirits of equality.

"We fully understand and comply with the provisions of the Constitution that safeguard the position of certain communities. However, we regret to note that a state of permanence has been sought to be created on a mechanism that was meant to be a stop-gap arrangement."

Apparently, the greater concern of the signatory students lies with the fact that such a quota system, if initiated, will become only another political tool in the arsenal of electoral politics.

The final argument in the memorandum against the recommendations of the Mandal Commission is that the Commission depends upon a situational analysis of 1978.

Therefore it can never be reasonably expected to represent the realities of the India of 2006.

The students claim that implementation of the quota structure will in no way deliver a constitutional guarantee for a decent education to the downtrodden.

The Mandal Commission report is 'severely retarded' and it should be summarily rejected, they allege.

"There is no doubt in the minds of students all over the country regarding the basic injustice of the proposal, since a 50 per cent reservation will simply cut them out of reckoning in the best institutions due to being born, without their own will, in a family whose heredity they were in no position to control," says Aditya Raj Kaul, a student.