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July 30, 2013

Pro-reservation Protest in Uttar Pradesh: Youths supporting reservation in UP PSC examination reach Lucknow; stir in Allahabad also

Hundreds of youths who are in support of reservation for the backward castes, marched in Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh, on Tuesday.

They tried to lay siege to the CM's residence and the Assembly. The massive strength surprised the police, which resorted to lathi-charge. Dozens of youths were injured in the cane-charge.

The protests began from Allahabad. Under the pressure of the Upper Castes, the State government had backtracked on the three-tier reservation in Public Service Commission (PSC) examination. But the pro-reservation youths have intensified their protest.

This is the first time when students from reserved category have asserted strongly in Lucknow, which is considered the centre of North Indian upper caste politics. The Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party (SP) government had announced that at every stage, the backward castes' candidates will get benefit of reservation in the PSC.

But after the upper caste outrage, the government withdrew the order. The Upper Castes mainly consist of Brahmins, Thakurs (Rajputs), Banias and Kayasthas. They together comprise less than 15% of Uttar Pradesh's population. However, they comprise more than 50% in jobs.

Those against reservation wanted UPPSC to withdraw the decision taken on May 27 as per which OBC candidate was allowed to be invited for interview under general category if he scored equal or better marks than the lower cut-off marks in general category. The issue is now in the court.

In Allahabad also, pro-reservation quota youths took a march. They staged demonstration and went on rampage, damaging vehicles and targeting a politician' residence. Reservation is a major issue in North India where jobs are less and the 85% majority comprising Dalits (SCs), Tribal (STs), OBCs and Muslims remain far behind in terms of employment.

TIH Burea

July 18, 2013

Six dead as BSF personnel fire at protesters in Ramban in Kashmir

The Border Security Force (BSF) personnel opened fire at local residents in Ramban in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), killing six persons while injuring nearly 22 others.

The shocking incident took place on Thursday. BSF personnel shot at the residents who were upset because the para military force had allegedly misbehaved with a Muslim cleric's brother.

There were also reports that the BSF personnel had also objected to late night prayers which are held during holy month of Ramzan. When residents staged a protest to BSF jawans' attitude, they were fired at.

Six persons were reported dead. The figure of the injured was nearly 22. After the incident, there has been call for shutdown in the Valley. J&K has a history of police, army and para military forces resorting to firing at citizens and using excessive force.

TIH Bureau

July 15, 2013

Why can't communal groups like Bajrang Dal, VHP, RSS be banned: Mayawati

The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati has said that communal organisations that whip up sentiments and divide society on religious lines like Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bajrang Dal should be banned.

She made the statement in wake of the high court banning the caste-based rallies in the run up to the Lok Sabha elections.

Mayawati said that the communal groups that indulge in provocative acts should be banned as well but there is no action on them.

On the recent interim order of the Allahabad High Court, Mayawati said that the same provisions that stop caste groups' meets should apply to the organisations that divide society on religious lines, vitiate harmony and communalise the entire society.

That the BJP draws strength from the militant cadres of the RSS, VHP and Bajrang Dal is a known fact but none of the parties that oppose the arms training to these cadres, have taken up this issue earlier.

The BSP has also ruled UP but when in power, Chief Minister Mayawati didn't send such reports to centre that it should ban the groups for causing disharmony.

The Samajwadi Party (SP) is another political party that is known for its strong rhetoric against BJP and its supporting groups, but it also remained passive to growing activities of the organisations like Hindu Vahini in Uttar Pradesh. Worst, the Congress has remained apathetic towards the strengthening Hindutva groups.

TIH Bureau

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