Anti-quota stir swells further
STUDENTS OF the City have joined hands to oppose reservation in higher education and this was reflected by the swelling ranks of protestors who participated in formation of a human chain along with Junior Doctors? Association (JDA) members. The JDA also took out a vehicle rally this evening.india Updated: May 21, 2006 14:25 IST
STUDENTS OF the City have joined hands to oppose reservation in higher education and this was reflected by the swelling ranks of protestors who participated in formation of a human chain along with Junior Doctors’ Association (JDA) members. The JDA also took out a vehicle rally this evening.
According to JDA representative Dr Mohit Bhandari, all members, including the 10 sitting on hunger strike, participated in a vehicle rally starting at 6.30 pm from Maharaja Yeshwant Rao Hospital (MYH). The rally passed through Janata Square and Rajwada and culminated at Hotel Apsara on RNT Marg.
Students from other streams and members of the public also joined in forming a human chain from Hotel Apsara to MYH. Apart from medicos, students from other backgrounds have begun to lend their support to the cause. Engineering students had taken out a rally for the cause on Friday evening.
Chartered Accountant (CA) trainees, who have a large presence in the City, have also lent direct support to the agitation and participated in the human chain today.
Meanwhile, several Under Graduate (UG) students of the Mahatma Gandhi Medical College participated in today’s statewide rally taken out in Bhopal on the call of Gandhi Medical College (GMC) students.
As the number of JDA members in Indore is quite less, it was decided that while they would lend unequivocal support to the agitation in Bhopal, they would send just a representative delegation so that the strike and activities planned in the City under the banner of the JDA were not disrupted.
The focus of today’s protest was the police excess against those opposed to reservation in various cities including Mumbai and Patna.
The momentum of the anti-reservation stir is continuing to grow daily. A demand to rollback the caste-based reservation and instead introduce quota on the basis of economic status has been voiced.
Meanwhile, the JDA strike that ran into the fifth day today continued to hit services at MY Hospital. The JDA had started a parallel Out Patients Department (OPD) at the main entrance of the hospital yesterday.
Ten members of the JDA are sitting on hunger strike for rotating periods of 24-hours at the entrance. While many patients suffer due to deficiency in services inside the hospital, referral cases and those wanting consultation benefit from the parallel Out Patients Department (OPD) running outside.