Y4E, FIR align for quota battle
THE MEDICOS of GSVM Medical College took out a silent protest rally on the medical college premises on Monday under the banner of Youth for Equality and decided to sit on a silent protest during lunch hour without hampering health services.The medicos have chosen the cycle stand near the principal?s office as the venue for the daily sit-in from 1 pm to 2 pm (lunch hour of the medicos) to register their protest against reservation. About 70 medicos sat on the silent protest on Monday, sporting black bands.india Updated: Jun 13, 2006 00:02 IST
FIR members meet DM, talk June 18 protest
THE MEDICOS of GSVM Medical College took out a silent protest rally on the medical college premises on Monday under the banner of Youth for Equality and decided to sit on a silent protest during lunch hour without hampering health services.The medicos have chosen the cycle stand near the principal’s office as the venue for the daily sit-in from 1 pm to 2 pm (lunch hour of the medicos) to register their protest against reservation. About 70 medicos sat on the silent protest on Monday, sporting black bands.
To lend support to the medicos, some members of FIR from IIT-K also turned up at the medical college. The medico of AIIMS, who have been camping in the city for the past several days, also visited the medical college to boost the morale of their colleagues.
In a late evening meeting in the medical college, the medicos unanimously constituted a committee and each member of the committee was entrusted with the responsibility of a particular task.
Now the medicos under the banner of Youth for Equality (Y4E) and the IITians under the banner of FIR (Forum of Indians against Reservation) are working in collusion for a sustainable and enduring fight against quota.
Like FIR members, medicos too will visit schools, colleges and coaching centres to mobilise the masses. A member of Youth for Equality, while talking to Hindustan Times, said, “Now the time has come when we have to give the government a befitting reply against the quota politics.”
The same Y4E member, revealing the future course of action, said, “We are going to meet people in collaboration with FIR members and all depends on the Supreme Court’s view on reservation, but in the near future our fight against reservation is going to be taken to the streets with the support of the masses.”A highly placed source in the medical college said, “Unlike previous occasions when professors here had to remain mute spectators during the hunger strike of medicos due to pressure from the administration, this time taking a cue from IIT-K professors, some medical college professors will come out in support of the students.”
MEMBERS OF Forum Of Indians against Reservation met District Magistrate Anurag Srivastava on Monday and sought Phool Bagh as the place where about 10,000 people of the city could sit on a day-long hunger strike on June 18, against government’s proposed quota hike.
According to the DM, “I have listened to the students and have given the entire matter to ADM (city) Abrar Ahmed.”
When Abrar Ahmed was contacted, he said, “Before allocating Phool Bagh to FIR, the administration has to seek reports from the police department and IIT-K director Sanjay Dhande, to ensure a peaceful demonstration.” He also said, “Permission for a daylong mass hunger strike would be given only when reports from the concerned persons are positive.”
Nevertheless, on day 17 of the relay hunger strike at IIT-K, several social organisations came forward and lent financial support to FIR members to sustain their anti-quota stir. A member of FIR who attended a late evening meeting with social organisations on IIT-K premises said, “To run the hunger strike in peaceful manner, we are being supported financially and we laud the support of these organisations.”
Members of FIR are pragmatic and confident that they would convince their director to give a positive report to the administration regarding mass hunger strike at Phool bagh on June 18. However, some FIR members felt that it would be Herculean task to convince Dr Dhande.
Some members of FIR also opined that they were concentrating on a national-level joint agitation that is likely to begin after the national level meeting against reservation at Banglore on June 16, 17 and 18.
The only hitch members of FIR are facing right now, is the paucity of under graduate students and faculties on IIT-K premises.
Omendra, a member of FIR while talking to the Hindustan Times said, “Our proposed mass hunger strike would be peaceful and we hail from a reputed institute of the country no one should expect any anti-social activity from us.”
Now all the focus is on organising a daylong mass hunger strike at Phool Bagh on June 18 and that would be the threshold of a nation wide protest against reservation.
Meanwhile, a highly placed source in the intelligence department said, “The way IIT alumni are funding the striking techies is phenomenal and monetary aide from abroad is the backbone for the protest of the students.” A highly placed source in IIT-K said some monetary help from abroad has reached and it would be made available to students soon. “Nevertheless, the will power of FIR members is commendable,” these were the words of several faculty members of IIT-K, who now feel proud of being the faculty of such students who are united irrespective of caste and creed.