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Striking medicos get support

Surfers back the striking doctors and denounce the police brutalities.

india Updated: May 16, 2006 16:03 IST

As the fight against reservation in premium institutes surges ahead, the striking medicos get a round of applause from our surfers. But louder is their collective rebuke of Arjun Singh, the architect of Mandal II.

Ravi from New Delhi said, "I strongly oppose the step taken by Arjun Singh to provide quota on the basis of caste factor. We want to see our country as a developed nation by 2020 but such steps would not only hamper the growth but also will have a negative effect on the all around development of a human personality.

The best talents would feel insecure. Our political parties will politicise each and every matter giving importance to their chair and power. Such politics should be criticised by all.

Let's not make this country a reserved country but a country of all people, a country where talent is encouraged, irrespective of caste, religion, sex, etc.

I extend my support to all those people who are discouraging quota and would appeal to the mass to come forward to play an active role to eliminate such policies from our country."

Sanjay from Delhi felt such petty and partisan politics could easily spin out of control.

"Indian politicians should refrain from petty politics as reservation may lead to civil war in the country, much like Afghanistan. Reservation is not promotional but is definitely dividing the country. Abolish it immediately."

Aparna felt that if India had to grow into an Asian tiger, it had to eschew all such tactics.

"If India wants to develop in totality then our Government should definitely change stand and show some logical backing for implementing this quota system. It had not and will not help the real poor.

Being a democratic country, everyone has equal rights. How can the government deprive the real meritorious students from what they deserve? The treatment given to our brethren is unconstitutional, unlawful and even shameful.

Is asking for one's rights a crime? The illogical, irrational and irresponsible act of a few MPs has angered not only medical students but students from all fields."

There were others who were not only against the quota system but were angry at the police misbehaviour with the striking doctors.

Kharagpur's Shyamal Mukherjee has this to say.

"I would suggest to IMA to open a black diary and black list those who have misbehaved with the striking students.

Arjun Singh's name should be written at the top of the list in bold letters.

He hit out at Chagal Bhujbal as well for letting police beat up protestors in Mumbai.

"Chagan Bhujbal has failed to distinguish between the politician and student. These students are not shameless politicians."

Arvind Gupta, however, was certain that reservation would be hijacked by the rich among the so-called backward castes.

"It is an acknowledged fact that the benefits of reservations are only captured by the well-off groups generation after generation. The purpose of providing reservation is defeated if the intended group and section fails to get the benefit.

"Therefore, it is very important that these well-off groups, say after getting reservation benefits for three generations, be debarred from such reservation and be categorised as mainstream people.

"I think most of the reserved seats either remain vacant or are occupied by these well-off groups coming under reserved category by virtue of their caste."

SK Garg of Delhi called for an overhaul of the education system.

"India should fight for complete abolition of reservation or any sort of quota system. Because of this vote catching policy of the government the country is heading for a civil war which is in any case against development.

"The education system must be strengthened. Amendment of the Constitution for this is the most urgent need. There is an immediate need to save the young educated stock from the clutches of the so-called politicians. With policies like these no one can complain about brain-drain."

A sarcartic Pankaj Jain of Mumbai requested Arjun Singh to go the whole hog. Reserve all seats, he said. But added a rider.

"In my view let us ask for 100 per cent quota. At the same time, I would like to request you all to fight and ensure that the treatment of the ministers (MLA/MPs) be done by quota candidates and inside India only."

Bangalore's Gayathri thought parties like the Congress and the Left should first set a precedent by reserving seats in their parties.

The Congress and its allies could try following for the cause of minorities and OBCs. Reserve the same numbers of seats in their party memberships, the candidates selected to stand for election, the parliament and perhaps in the ministry.

However, there was also a set of readers who were against the strike. Here's what they have to say.

Harvinder Singh from Delhi was of the opinion that the doctors were not doing the right thing by neglecting their duties and causing inconvenience to patients.

"I fail to understand why medical students and practicing medical professionals have resorted to this kind of unruly behaviour. The way they are agitating on the streets will only cause problem to their fellow citizens and will increase pain of suffering patients visiting hospitals for treatment."

He went on to add that the upper caste were unwilling to share benefits with the rest and hence the stir.

"These upper caste people believe that they can have their way and rule like their ancestors have been doing for centuries.

"There are only a few people (like Medha Patekar) who think very strongly about a cause and would do their best to get the 'wrong' corrected. Most of these doctors who are lending their support to this agitation will run back either to the comforts of their homes or to spend more time at the privately managed hospitals and nursing homes where they go everyday after spending some time at government run hospitals."

Mahboob Saeedi of Fremont, USA, felt that the doctors have gone too far. "Patients are dying while doctors are busy in making of their career shameful. Whatever happened to their professional ethics, their pledge to their duty and to the society?" he asked.

Kumar from Kuwait felt that media was giving undue importance to the doctors' stir.

"The media has a great role to play to explain the reason why reservation for backward castes has to be done to move India forward.

Instead, the media exaggerates the protest and portrays the majority of the Indian population as against the policy. These tricks will work only in the North where the media is totally owned and controlled by the upper castes."

So, which side are you on? Or do you favour a compromise?

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