In Madhya Pradesh college, free bags come with caste baggage

The principal, said the distribution of bags began in August. He said he would ensure that the words that identify SC/ST will be erased from the remaining bags before they are distributed.

By: Express News Service | Bhopal | Updated: October 27, 2016 12:37 am
bag-759 About 250 bags were distributed in Rajiv Gandhi Government PG College in Mandsaur. (File)

A GOVERNMENT college in Mandsaur has come under attack for making it easy to identify its Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) students by distributing bags which say “SC/ ST scheme”.

Nearly 250 of the 600 undergraduate and post-graduate SC/ST students of Rajiv Gandhi Government PG College in Mandsaur have received these bags, which contained a calculator, pen and notebooks.

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“What’s wrong if it is spelled out clearly, because the bags were distributed under a welfare scheme… If some people don’t like it, I will get the words erased… In any case, it was the supplier who wrote it on the bags,’’ principal B R Nalvaya told The Indian Express.

The principal, who took charge recently, said the distribution of bags began in August. He said he would ensure that the words are erased from the remaining bags before they are distributed.

The controversy began after photographs of the bags were circulated on social media. “The distribution of bags that indicate caste is shameful. It reflects the anti-Dalit and anti-tribal mindset of the RSS-backed government in Madhya Pradesh,’’ tweeted PCC chief Arun Yadav on Wednesday.

“It’s atrocious and cannot be tolerated. It amounts to profiling,’’ said Meenakshi Natarajan, former Congress MP from Mandsaur. She said she would lead a protest on Thursday.

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    Syed Mohiuddin
    Oct 27, 2016 at 9:13 pm
    We really need to abolish our caste system and start distributing benefits based on our household income... categorizing the potion based on our caste is highly in inconsistent and a lot of people who really require those benefits but belongs to a higher caste and suffer out of it...
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      Rama rao
      Oct 27, 2016 at 2:53 am
      Wonder why they shy away from others calling them sc/st? They are happy to call themselves and struggle to get those certificates to join colleges even without any proper ranks!!! Hypocritical people but they feel offended when other calls them suckers
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        MopMop
        Oct 28, 2016 at 5:53 am
        LoL . .politicians should make the lockets of their names and key chains . .and disbute it among the needy . .the needy as such bothers only if the freebie is useful or not . .. politicians can resort to any thing . . they may even write 'dalit', ''pichda" . . "peedit" and distribute stuff . . it is height of marketing and positioning on public expenses.
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          MopMop
          Oct 28, 2016 at 5:55 am
          Totally agree ... all castes in all religions. . even Brahmin, Kshatriya, Vashya, shudra, shia, sunni, memon, orthodox, protestant .etc . .right. I am in. . . are you?
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            MopMop
            Oct 28, 2016 at 7:15 am
            it exposes the govt. intentions by declaring them and stamping them in broad daylight that govt. govt. did is a favour to them . . .. by the way reservations are for economically backward cl people .. who are generally categorized by identified by the names living in a certain area . . .it has nothing to do with superiority or inferiority . . if govt. makes basic primary and secondary education compulsory, free and high quality (with strict discipline) . . . people may not need reservations which subsidizes marks . . the subsidy then only can be on fees . . but for that the primary and secondary education should be of high quality . .
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              Arun P
              Nov 2, 2016 at 3:25 pm
              Yes! Anand I agree. Caste isn't anything on paper, it is a reality existing in the society. We started the system of caste certificate (and reservations) only a few years back but caste exists in this country for last hundreds of years. That means, Caste and exist in the society without certificates! S Mohiuddin, Reservation is neither a money lending scheme nor employment scheme...it is a mechanism to help a community to come out of the social backwardness and discrimination. The reservation is NOT giving to men/women A or B, it actually giving to a community. [A and B are representatives of that community]. When a majority of the community gain some social status (because job,education,power...etc) the community as a w come out of the backwardness.
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                Anand
                Oct 28, 2016 at 10:28 am
                Reservations are not for economically backward people, but for socially backward people. There's a huge and critical difference.
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                  Anand
                  Oct 28, 2016 at 10:06 am
                  You can't abolish the caste system just by closing your eyes or by ping the law. It is hard grained into the society and will take a long time to go away. Why do you think that the the best jobs in the country are occupied by upper caste people and the poor jobs like manual scavenging by lower caste people? We need positive discrimination in which people form lower castes are given support and reservations.
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