- There is a good news for all of us from Madhya Pradesh. YFE, MP candidate "Richa Toshniwal" has been elected president of S.M.S. Government Model Science College, Gwalior. This is second largest science college in Madhya Pradesh. Many congratulations to all YFE members and thanks to our YFE members in MP who have worked hard to achieve this win in this student election.
- There are some more students election in line for us and and we should work hard to replicate this success there also.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Screening of Umesh Agrawal’s my latest film DIVIDED COLORS OF A NATION, produced by PSBT & PRASAR BHARATI, will be carried out on 13th September 2008, at 6.15 P.M. Indian Habitat centre.
Its a 60 minute film in English. It focuses on caste based reservation in India, an issue that concerns all of us in one way or the other.
The film will be screened as part of Open Frame International Film festival, organized by PSBT & Prasar Bharati.
The screening will be followed by an open forum. All the involved parties in this issue will participate in the forum.
All of us have been invited for the screening ceremony.
A quota of attention
Umesh Agarwal on his documentary on reservation.
You seldom find documentaries that walk the tight rope of veracity. And if the issue is caste reservation, it becomes all the more difficult not to fall on one side of the divide. Umesh Agarwal has managed to do the balancing act in his latest film Divided Colors Of A Nation.
The film not only scans the concept of caste-based reservation since it made an entry into the Constitution courtesy the very first amendment and its usage as a political tool over the years, but also looks into the status of education in the country. “The film is not pro or against reservation, but it does say when there is disparity at the level of grassroots education, what is the use of reservation,” says Umesh.
He has travelled from Delhi to Rajasthan to Andhra Pradesh to prove his point. At some places he didn’t find a teacher in government schools in villages, at others he found 200 students of five grades being taught together. He discovered that most of the teachers appointed to these schools are from cities and they don’t want to travel to villages every day. “Instead they have made arrangements where a local man marks attendance on the teacher’s behalf. Students don’t even know the name of their school and teacher.” But what takes the bakery is the government primary school in Gosainganj in Lucknow. Here the teacher at the dilapidated school fails to name the President of India.
“Originally I had no plans to look into the educational aspect, but the Gujjar agitation made me think about the state of education. In Rajasthan the pass percentage of the State Board’s High School examination is not more than 50 percent in the last 10 years. Around the same time, the ‘Aaja Nachle’ controversy happened in Lucknow. I was in the city at that time. I was curious to know the state of education in the state where there is such high caste consciousness that the government led by a Dalit Chief Minister bans a film where a line in a song has casteist overtones. Most of the students in the Gosainganj school come from scheduled caste and Muslim families.” The film also points out how public schools made on subsidised land are not imparting free education to the deprived, which is their fundamental right. Umesh says this gross negligence of primary education has resulted in a situation where there are vacant seats in the reserved quota in prestigious institutes but there are no students despite all the relaxations.
Then Umesh takes us to the other spectrum of the issue — whether the ‘creamy’ layer of the scheduled castes, tribes and other backward castes should get the benefit of reservation. “The Supreme Court has said that the creamy layer from other backward classes should not get the benefits of reservation but hardly any state government has taken note of it. They keep on amending the law to suit their political agenda. I feel the economically well off SCs and STs should also be included in the creamy layer so that their seat goes to the really deserving one.” Umesh has taken into the account diverse point of views without being judgemental. The film also points out how the number of castes has increased in the last six decades with the demand for reservation. “We are increasingly becoming casteist. In Rajasthan, there are separate crematoriums for Jaats, Meenas and Gujjars. I agree with what Naryan Moorthy said: India is the only country where people are thronging the streets to be called backward.”The film will be screened on September 13 at PSBT’s Open Frame festival at the India Habitat Centre and followed by a discussion.
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VOICES FROM THE FILM
A retired Cabinet Secretary who belongs to a scheduled caste feels his grandsons also deserve the benefits of reservation.
Sharat Babu, an SC student who went to IIM, Ahmedabad, and now runs his own food business, feels his kids don’t need reservation.
When asked how one should explain the reservation policy to an 18-year-old, UGC Chairman Sukhadeo Thorat feels he should be told this is how the wrongs of the past could be corrected.
One base camp is at Simraha.They have already attended more than 2000 patients. This camp is working round the clock and is open 24 hours a day.
The other one is mobile team which is moving around the flood areas that to be near the Bhutia dam where around 2 feet water is still there thus they are moving on cycles and rickshaws.No Government medical camp , only food distribution is being done over there.
Army is also present there and is doing the rescue operation.
Our team has seen more than 500 patients in this area
another team had left from New Delhi to Patna yesterday dats 10th which include RDA president of AIIMS Dr harsh.
Thursday, July 3, 2008
It's high time we step forward n realise our duties so as to be able to enjoy our rights..
Register urself and send us u'r contacts to firstname.lastname@example.org ..
you can even send it as a comment to this post... so that u cd be updated with our upcoming actions n ideas..
Make sure u add u'r
2, institute's name,
3, e-mail id's and
4, contact numbers (if feasible)
Comments n suggestins r invited..
let's stand up for the cause... before it's too late to realise...
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Saturday, May 31, 2008
The rally turned out to be a huge achievement. People turned up in large numbers to support Youth for Equality. There was a crowd of over 3000 people marching from MAMC to the heart of
The rally ended in the center of
We, the YOUTH of
We thank the people who turned up at the rally for their support, and the Delhi Police for their arrangements and cooperation.
As of today, colleges outside Delhi that have joined us in our quest for justice include:
- BHU Medical College
- BHU School of Social Sciences
- Udaipur Medical College
- Bikaner Medical College
- VSS Medical College, Burla, Orissa
- SCB Medical College, Cuttack, Orissa
- MKCG Medical College, Behrampur, Orissa
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
(www.youthforequality.com) We, Youth for Equality, are trying to prevent the country being torn apart due to the various CASTE BASED DIVISIVE POLITICS of the government. We are NOT AGAINST THE PEOPLE OF ANY CASTE OR COMMUNITY but we are against the caste based politics of the government which has been ineffective in helping the needy for the past 60 yrs.
Roll back of reservation and all government policies based on caste.
Redefining the other backward classes not on the basis of caste but on an individual basis including economic criteria.
Issue a notification of a fresh list of OBC beneficiaries.
No reservation after graduation/educational forwardness.
Implementation of the Right to education act within 6 months.
Written assurance that no reservation in private sector, judiciary and defense sector will be implemented.
Constitution of a collegium on the acts and the observations made by the Hon’ble Chief justice of India on the 16th of May 2008.
Indefinite Hunger Strike:
Students from various colleges of Delhi (including Maulana Azad Med College, University College of Med Sciences, Lady Hardinge Med College, Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Sciences) have been sitting on INDEFINITE HUNGER STRIKE SINCE 22ND MAY, 2008. All they want from you is your support and participation for our common good. It is only our inevitable duty to prevent this path of self destruction of our country.
SUPPORT RALLY AT 2:00 PM, THIS SATURDAY
A massive rally is being organized this Saturday (31 may, 2008) at 2:00 PM from the grounds of Maulana Azad Medical College to JANTAR MANTAR. Do come and support our common cause. Also invite your friends and family – spread the word.
This is your fight too.
Venue-Maulana azad medical collge,Dilli gate,near ITO
Contact us at
dr.aniirudh lochan 9891287076
dr kaushal 9868340420
ranjan agrawal 9891196226
himanshu bayana 9910893559
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
This video shot in real time is glimpse of this revolution building up in our life.
Please be a part of this fight for our rights !!
Spread the word ..........
P.S. : Check this corner for further updates .....
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Hunger strike Day 5 26 May 2008
We , the students of Maulana Azad Med College, Lady Hardinge Med College, University College of Med Sciences, All India Institute of Med Sciences and Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Sciences have been sitting on hunger strike for last 90 hrs (still going on). plus Indraprasth University and Jawaharlal Nehru University have unofficially joined us for the same.. Our demands are as follows:
1) roll back of all reservation based on caste.
2) Implementation of the Right to education act – which guarantees free, compulsory and quality education, a fundamental right of every child.
3) A collegium against the present Chief Justice of India, Mr. Balakrishnan.- who has recently claimed that the concept of creamy layer applies to a community instead of an individual, effectively doing away with the need to exclude this layer from the ambit of reservation.
- We seek support from all Indians, including you, as we stand together for a noble cause.
- We are students who should be studying but we have been pushed to such a futile situation that we are forced to take such desperate measures.
We have been constantly receiving support from eminent personalities like:
- IIT professor, ex director and padma bhushan awardee Indire Sen
- Eminent lawyers from the Supreme court of India.
- Prominent motivational speakers and authors
What you can do for us:
- register yourself at http://www.youthforequality.com/
- regularly visit us at http://www.youthforequality.com/ and apprise yourself of our activities we plan and welcome you to take part in.
- become part of the Y4E planning and organizing committee or as a volunteer – we need manpower
- make copies of this brochure and distribute among neighbours, close friends and relatives.
- Any other way to help us, including suggestions, you find appropriate.
Y4E media cell: 011 – 65099294
Dr Kaushal: 9868340420
Dr Anirudh: 9891287076
Write to us at: email@example.com
Saturday, May 24, 2008
25th april- YFE staged a protest rally at the Supreme Court and demanded the Government to implement the recent Supreme Court verdict in letter and spirit. AGAINST ALL ODDS: YFE INSISTS 'DO NOT MURDER SUPREME COURT'
6th may- Massive protest at Connaught place. Massive protest by YFE at Cannought Place
19th May- Candlelight vigil at Jantar Mantar with a demand to meet Rahul Gandhi
22nd May- Indefinite Hunger Strike started at MAMC. (Central Library plaza). YFEians start hunger strike in Delhi -
23rd May- IInd day of hunger strike. plus a candle light march at MAMC campus.
Friday, May 23, 2008
It is that time again. The bull is to be taken by horns.
It is that time again. The fires have been lit.
Y4E lives again.
The time is now . We must join together and save this great nation from those who harm it.
Delhi has struck again with indefinite hunger strike beginning on 22 nd may. We call on you to join in the fight against caste based reservation.
Its a request to all Y4E friends to come up in there respective colleges with anti reservation movements which can start from as simple to candle light marches to any level you can take it. Send us pictures from your protests to boost it as a nation wide movement.
Join hands for this noble cause because Its now or never.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Nothing has changed till now, neither our demands nor the ulterior motives of the politicians merely playing for their votebanks,,, just that the flame is on after a period of time... and its for us now to keep this flame burning with even more spirits and even more enthusiasm.
Who are we?
We are the same people who were in the main be it before two years or as of now... (earlier as http://youthforequality.blogspot.com/ ) and we seek every Indian citizen's support as one of your own kind, not as any Political party or an NGO. Till now we have gained support from various colleges but we still need more..
...more people to stand for the cause,
and more voices ... so much to be heard by deaf politicians.
What do we want?
We are not against affirmative action but we definitely oppose a reservation policy based solely on the criterion of caste.We believe that any form of reservation, if at all it should exist , should be
1) Temporary and
2) Should take into consideration the three main causes of inequality in our country , namely economic inequality, regional inequality and gender based inquality.
What can we do to achieve the same?
- MOBILIZE PEOPLE as much as we can. via media, demonstrations, signature campaigns etc.
- LEGAL RECOURSE. (which could no longer be relied upon after hearing the Supreme court's verdict recently but the progressions are still under process to somehow awaken the dead consciences of the govt.)
To be a part of this organisation you dont necessarily need to come up to streets and face water cannons or violence of police. You can still do a lot.. Just contact us and register your details on the following contacts.
Views and suggestions of any kind on the issue are invited.
YFE Media Cell- 011 65099294
Dr Anirudh Lochan- 9891287076
Varun Kapur- 9871770231
Ranjan Agrawal- 9891196226
e-mail us at - firstname.lastname@example.org.
you can even visit our new website- http://www.youthforequality.com/
I know its a mammoth task but not impossible, n it needs doing.. We dont have much time.. So let us join our hands to eradicate this curse from the dictionary of India.
The question is not who will allow us...rather who is going to stop us
...to create history...to revoke a constitutional amendements. Lets take a step back in constitution to take a step forward in time.
STAND UP FOR THE CAUSE... IT'S NOW OR NEVER..