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Unusual help for anti-quota stir

As the agitation over the quota question gathers pace, protesting doctors and engineers have been joined by others.

india Updated: May 31, 2006 03:37 IST

As the agitation over the quota question gathers pace, protesting doctors and engineers have been joined by others. The RDB effect at work again? Perhaps. Students are using posters and pamphlets on vehicles, tees with anti-reservation slogans, blogs, cartoons, signature campaigns and street plays to spread the word.

“It’s a sensitive issue where every bit counts. Even if we can’t leave our jobs and join the protest physically, we can at least spread the word via posters and slogans on vehicles,” says Varun Singh, a software developer. The stir has also spawned a world of Net humour, besides e-signature campaigns. A group called the Youth Forum for Justice is collecting 1,00,000 signatures it plans to send President APJ Abdul Kalam.

A blogger from Delhi, Pirate of the Arabian, asks, “How many more people will have to die needlessly? How many more will be caught in a power struggle not of their making? How many lives will be ruined because Mr Arjun Singh wants backward class votes?”

Rap star Blaaze has come up with a song Ban The Crooked Police, the video of which will soon be aired. “It wasn’t just one TV or press report that inspired us. We noticed too much about the issue to be unaffected,” said Chennai-based Ramesh Raman.