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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First Published on: October 27, 2016 12:34 am
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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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                    Anil Sabaji
                    Oct 27, 2016 at 2:19 am
                    You are happy to claim the benefit but shy to say it?
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                      Mohammad Bin Tughlaq
                      Oct 27, 2016 at 9:30 am
                      If these people can avail of all the benefits because of their caste, what is wrong if it is made public?Why do they feel like one having an illegitimate love affair?
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                        OMG
                        Oct 27, 2016 at 2:21 am
                        फायदे उठाने के लिए वो ** है पर हम ** बोल नहीं सकते। धर्म के आधार पर आरक्षण एवं किसी भी तरह का फायदा देना भारतीय संविधान का मज़ाक है। मेरे बच्चे ** से दूर ही रहेंगे जब तक धर्म के आधार पर आरक्षण बंद नहीं होता।
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                          OMG
                          Oct 27, 2016 at 11:00 am
                          65 साल से हमारे हक़ पर पिछड़े होने का lable लगाकर ऐश कर रहे हो अब तक बराबरी क्यों नहीं कर पाए कभी सोचा है। कब तक खुद को पिछड़े और गिरे हुए बोल कर जिओगे। अगर इतने खुद्दार हो तो आरक्षण लेते ही क्यों हो। अगर लिखा न हो तो भी हमें दिखता है कौन हमारे हक़ का खा रहा है और देश को खोखला कर रहा है।
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                            OMG
                            Oct 27, 2016 at 10:51 am
                            जब तक पिछड़े होने का certificate लेकर फायदे उठाओगे पिछड़े ही रहोगे। 65 साल हो गए अब तो बराबरी पर आ जाओ। कब तक धर्म के नाम पर पिछड़े कहलाते रहोगे और दूसरों के हक़ खाकर जिओगे। जब तक खुद को गिरा हुआ मानोगे गिरे ही रहोगे और बुद्धि भी विकसित नहीं होगी। certificate दिखाकर फायदे उठाने में शर्म नहीं तो bag पर लिखने में क्यों!
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                              OMG
                              Oct 27, 2016 at 10:43 am
                              तेरे भाषा से ही पता चलता है तू भी इन्ही पिछड़े लोगों की list में शामिल है। पिछड़े का लेबल 65 साल लेकर घूमने के बावजूद पिछड़े ही क्यों हो इसके बारे में सोचा है कभी। जब तक खुद को गिरा हुआ कहलाते रहोगे गिरे हुए ही रहोगे।
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                                OMG
                                Oct 27, 2016 at 11:08 am
                                ये हिन्दू धर्म का मूल है और सरकार और न्याय व्यवस्था भी हिन्दू व्यवस्था को भारत का मूल मानती है तो झेलो। आज़ादी के 65 साल से ज़्यादा होने के बाद भी भारत पिछड़ा ही है क्योंकि यहाँ लोग पिछड़ा का certificate लेकर घूमना नहीं छोड़ सकते, पर bag पर लेबल लगाना शान के खिलाफ समझते है। शेर को शेर कहलाने में शर्म नहीं आती, पर कभी कहलाना पसंद नहीं करता।
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                                  gopal
                                  Oct 27, 2016 at 3:48 am
                                  non sense of an issue created by IE...people want all benefits under the scheme..no wonder politicians are using the same for free bing and promotions.. time we treat all Indians alike..it would require a huge change in mindset.
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                                    HR
                                    Nov 12, 2016 at 10:38 pm
                                    Caste system will never go away unless you marry your daughters and sisters to ST/SC boys. Will you marry them like that?
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                                      jabesh
                                      Oct 27, 2016 at 10:25 am
                                      First you are a sanghi. so stop hiding. Because of your caste what you are today at the expense of SC and ST. if idenitification is made they can be subject to attack.
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                                        Avinash Chandra Jha
                                        Oct 27, 2016 at 7:30 am
                                        Its dalit prem of BJP
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                                          Ram
                                          Oct 27, 2016 at 7:21 am
                                          This BJP only promote caste system and wants to take country in 18th century.
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                                            mathimathi
                                            Oct 27, 2016 at 5:16 am
                                            VYAPAM thriller rakshas.
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