dr.Umeshchandra m p mangalore university

Students’ protest sponsored by editor: Umeshchandra
Posted date: 03 Wed, Feb 2010 – 04:49:14 PM
Rajesh Haleangady

Mangalore : M P Umeshchandra, a lecturer of Mass Communication and Journalism in Mangalore University, who has been in the eye of a storm in the wake of the protest against him by his students, has been finally transferred as the Special Officer at the Mangalore University SC/ST employees’ cell.

With this, the MCJ students who had taken recourse to protest against their teacher have returned to classes after 11 days. One phase of agitation is over with legal battles certain to continue.

While students’ version of their defence found ample space in media throughout the strike, beleaguered lecturer Umeshchandra’s version was not given its due.

The mangaloreheadlines.com spoke to Umeshchandra on various aspects of the issue. Excerpts…

MH: Mangalore University has been in the news for wrong reasons. People outside think that something bad is going on in the varsity. You are being projected as the villain. How all it began?

Umeshchandra: This is because I have been critical of Sangha Parivar, Gujarath Chief Minister Narendra Modi and BJP. The RSS is responsible for the casteism prevalent in India. The organisation is ensuring that the casteism is preserved in Indian society. So, as an MCJ lecturer I felt that to educate my students is my duty. It is my duty to ensure that my students’ vision is not blocked by narrow and partisan considerations.

I used to describe Narendra Modi as a psychopath. Because he is not repentant even after masterminding the large scale carnage of Muslims in Gujarath. I used to say that the person who is going to write the autobiography of Modi is also a psychopath.

I used to oppose Brahminism, not Brahmins.

Brahminsm is the greatest contradiction of Indian society, not Capitalism. Brahminism thrives on the strength of Capitalism. Capitalism came into existence three-four centuries ago. But Brahminism is there since 5000 years.

RSS and Brahminism are retrograde forces. I am duty bound to educate my students about this. I am committed to propagate truth. I will continue to do so.

What I said in classes was being reported to the department head and the editor of a Kannada newspaper. There is a hotline between the same editor and the University.

Some interests in the University and the particular editor hatched a conspiracy against me. As a result of this the newspaper published a derogatory report against me terming me as psychopath a couple of months ago. The report also said that I was indicted by the court and Univesity did not take action against me.

In reality, court had upheld my stand in a case pertaining to shortage of attendance of students. The report was completely wrong and malicious. So, I filed a defamation case against the editor. Instead of rectifying the mistake the editor took it as a matter of prestige and published a series of defamatory articles. They were all concocted stories devoid of any truth. By doing so the paper has thrown to the wind all the ethics of journalism.

This is not fair. Any reporter of that paper has not spoken to me till now. They did not think I may have something to say.

To avoid such things we need news room diversity on the lines of the one in Western countries, wherein a media organization consists of people from all religion, race and colour. For the first time Lankesh implemented this concept in his paper.

The same editor then instigated the students against me even if there are no reasons to protest against me.

MH: Students have submitted a set of complaints against you to the University authorities…

There is not an iota of truth in the complaints against me. Actually, the complaint was drafted by a lawyer, not by students. The complaint says I go out of syllabus and waste time dwelling on unnecessary subjects.

I do not think educating journalism students on current affairs and relevant subjects is out of syllabus. I speak on relevant subjects. This is beneficial for them. Many students, barring a few, have welcomed this. People behind all this drama are scared that their communal agenda on the university campus would be defeated by me. So, they are now up in arms against me.

Most of the times the syllabi are open ended. They are vague. At that time lecturers are in problem. In such cases I have educated my students by covering most of the subject. Another allegation is that I do not finish syllabus on time. This is false. I take special classes to cover the subjects. I finish the syllabus very much on time.

When the complaint against me went to the University lawyers’ panel it felt that there is nothing in the complaint on the basis of which action can be taken against me. In fact, one of the lawyers asked students to level sexual harassment charges against me. But, my students refused to do so, saying that I was not of that character.

MH: Students alleged that you criticize Dharmasthala Dharmadhikari and seers of maths…

Umeshchandra: No. I have never criticised Dharmasthala Dharmadhikari. I have respect for him. Even if I don’t have respect I am not a stupid to criticice them in public.

Students said you discriminate between the students on the basis of caste…

I have never done that. When I joined the University in 2003 I observed banners like “Navella Hindu, navella ondu” (We are Hindus, we are equal). But this is not truth. This is true only at the time of communal violence in attacking Muslims. But when it comes to availing benefits of reservations in IIMs, IITs and other institutions by backward classes, there is stiff resistance. Forget this. When you go to Udupi math, Hindus are not equal there. They have to have meals in separate places on the basis of their caste.

In this background, once I asked students how many of you are ABVP members. When some of them raised hands I criticized them giving them all this instances. This is what happened.

MH: What about the attendance controversy?

Umeshchandra: Firstly, absenteeism is a problem in MCJ classes. This is not a problem in other classes. Students do not attend classes. But when they face attendance shortage they come to teachers asking for attendance. The do not read properly, but ask teachers to pass them.

Beides, there was an inconsistency in the university in pursuing the rules governing attendance shortage. University authorities have made it a habit to allow students whom they favour to appear for exams and others not to.

In 2008, nine students of my class faced attendance shortage. I did not do it deliberately. If students come to class I mark present, if not I mark absent. They did not attend classes, so had shortage.

That year I submitted the attendance register directly to the registrar. MCJ Head of the Department K V Nagaraj wanted me to give attendance to some of the students. I refused to do it on the grounds that there should be consistency in pursuing rules. The matter went to the then Vice Chancellor K M Kaveriappa who asked me to give attendance to students. I refused. Instead I suggested that the University can make them eligible to appear for examination by way of a special order.

Then Kaveriapa and Nagaraj and others guided the students to go to court to get a decree to write examinations.

During that year I had attended a refreshing camp for 15 days. But, I had covered that absence of mine by taking special classes. But I had not mentioned this in attendance register. The court then asked the authorities to add appropriate number of attendance to students. Then seven of them qualified and the remaining two were still facing shortage. The two were not allowed to sit for exam. The court ruled out any possibility of taking action against me or imposing fine on me, but vindicated my stand. But, the particular newspaper wrongly reported that the court asked the University authorities to take action against me.

MH: Are you angry with your students?

Umeshchandra: Not at all. They are my students. They were just misguided. I have forgiven them. I have tried to convince them that they are protesting against me without a reason. I encourage their protest if there is truth. At the same time, not all MCJ students were taking part in the protest. Only a handful of students were behind the protest. The others took part in it out of fear. Besides, many students did not associate themselves with the protest. They had been to their home towns during the protest fearing reprisal from others for not taking part in protests.

Type your message he is arrogant and sadist he does not know anything other than that, he is a psychiatric patient he has to be excused and left to reconsile in an assylum

raghu dharmasena
anti constitution people,anti india people ganged up against umeshchandra,these people shouid go to pakistan or afganistan,tulunadus indigenous poeple and students beware about these foreigners  anti indigenous pople politics

Being lecturer Umeshchandra has to know his limitations, he is openly telling that he don’t like ABVP and their agenda it is too bad.


My friend ‘Kanasu’ says that ” People like umeshchandra have taken to academics just because they did not get any other jobs” , If it is so, then even Kanasu would have been a lecturer in one of the college. I think kanasu is not even fit to that. Un necessary commenting on others without knowing how the recruitment of  PG lecturer is appointed.

My friend ‘Mahesh chandra’ says Mr Umesh chandra is bluffing in interview and claims himself that ‘spirited’ speach is recorded by the student. If the same is recorded then why the same has not been provided by the students to the media. Here i feel ‘Mahesh chandra is bluffing by saying its recorded. all crab.

My friend ‘Dinakar shetty’ claims that Mr umesh chandra should not make class room as court. Here i think he has not understood that what MCJ subject pertains to. To understand the subject in practical i feel that to bring the political on going is very much essential as an examples. Moreover here he is not giving any judgement on his own or he is not doing any partiality being a lecturer.

Mr Umesh chandra has several years of experience in same university, then why dint the other batch students have the problem with him.

It is clearly visible that the students have been misguided, hence they have protested against him which has led to the disaster of transfering him to other department.

Mangalore University MCJ students seems to be biased, they must have been in primary level, unfortunately entered postgraduation. A lecturer of postgraduation has to cover each and every corner of the subject, including current affairs, it is his at most duty. Being a resposible lecturer Mr. Umeshchandra did his best, that to a course of MCJ all those things are needed and class should be like debate. it is shame that students behaved so, if they are like this how they (students) work for society. Anyway thanks to MH.

You should have asked Mr. Umeshchandra as to how many years of media experience before he joined lecturing. Why cannot you people have an interview with the students who protested against him?

I don’t think interview brings out any truth. The truth that Mr. Umeshchandra tried to divide the students on the caste and community lines is already a known fact to everyone.

Vinayaka, Kateel
Nothing wrong in the interview of Umeshchandra. Mangalore Headlines did right thing. So far we heard only one side story. Now we are hearing different story. Something going on wrong in Mangalore University. This is not good for University.

I hope Mangalore Headlines will able to bring the truth to the public.

Dinakara Shetty, Mulky, Qatar
Umeshchandra should not makes class room as a court. He don’t have any right to give judgement of political ongoings in the country. He is a lecture, he should be a impartial.

Shiva, Bengaluru
The interview of Umeshchandra shows why students protested on him. Whatever may be his views, opinions, he should not bring it to the class and students. He is openly agreeing that he oppose Brahminism, ABVP, BJP, Modi , Hindu Seers etc. Then how can we expect this person to be unbiased in class ? Definitely he is out of his limits and students are right in protesting this.  Let him teach the lessons of the syllabus, students will decide what is good and what is bad for the country, not Umeshchandra.

Publish the opinions of students also.

Shame to cheap politics by students.
Ravishanker, Mangalore
May be students got job offer for protest.

mahesh chandra
I think this lone crusader to contest elections, win and then campaign for singleside agenda rather than simply spoiling minds of students.

he is clearly telling the lie in interviw that he had not abused Dharmadikaari, becos his ‘spirited’ speech is said to be recorded by students

Lekshmi M Kumaran

very brave journalism considering the local situation. keep it up. i feel sorry for students who are not in classes to learn, to grow..especially those who are budding journalists..closed minds and religious dogma do not make a well rounded journalist. classrooms esp PG rooms are for debate, enquiry and exploration …sad if these kids are blind already.
i had worked with a former student of this mcj course and i can vouch that he lacked basic knowledge of journalism and communication…

Sunil kudupu
Nice intreview Rajesh Bai. we urge umeshchndra to contive his fight for social jusitce.
Umeshchandra is really great. Now I understood why students protested against him. All the best Mr Umeshchandra.

Santhosh, D’souza
Mangalore University in the News for wrong reason. It is very sad.

Jithen, Kundapura
anyway all is over know? Finally who win the battle. Shame to cheap politics by students.

good interview. prove real picure.umeshchndra is a good teacher & good human resource person.rajesh highlight good things.thanks haleyangady
What can be said of these lecturers? People like umeshchandra have taken to academics just because they did not get any other jobs. I think he might be a relative of Mahesh chandra Guru of Mysore University who also faced the same treatment.

Anujaya, Mangalore
The interview revealing that Mangalore University is controlled by mouthpiece of upper caste people.



BSP Bahujan Samaj Party @ Kerala Assembly Elections 2011


BSP Party in Kerala has announced that they will be contesting in the 2011 Niyamasabha elections in all the 140 Constituencies.

They are demanding that there should be a change in rule in Kerala which has seen lot of corruptions byCongress and LDF.

BJP Bharatiya Janata Party is also participating in the 2011 Legislative Assembly elections with the belief that they will be getting seats in Kerala this time.

The full form of BSP is Bahujan Samaj Party.

The names of BSP candidates who will participating in the Kerala Niyamasabhaelection will be announced on 18 March 2011.

The condition at present in Kerala is that both LDF and UDF are the two sides of the same coin.

BSP is also against the BJP and is in the belief that people of Kerala will act strongly against the violence and criminal activities.

National President of Bahujan Samaj Party is Mayawati.

Bahujan Samaj Party is based on socialist ideas and was formed in 1984 by Kanshi Ram for the Hindu SC – ST, Backward classes, Minority class Muslims, Christians and others.

Social Transformation and Economic Emancipation is the main proclamation in their manifesto.

They recently made a Padha Yatra (State Rally) for gathering support from people of Kerala.

This hub has been started to update the detailed list of the names of all BSP Candidates who will stand in various constituencies in the 2011 Assembly Elections of Kerala.

The decision by Bahujan Samaj Party to compete in 140 Assembly seats in Kerala is a bold one.

Parties like BJP and BSP have not been much successful in Kerala till now.

What will be in the minds of Kerala voters. Will they select Congress or Communist party once more as a continuation of history.

Will a new political party that recosgnises the needs of ordinary people come into rule.

Is there are any chance for Bahujan Samaj Party to come into power in Kerala.

BSP to contest all 140 seats in Kerala


Kozhikode: The BSP will contest all 140 constituences in Kerala for April 13 assembly polls and will not have any understanding with any party or alliances, party’s National Secretary Pramod Kureel said on Saturday.

The decision was taken under the direction of BSP President and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati, he told reporters.

“In this election, BSP, by achieving 10 per cent vote share, will establish itself as prominent political player in Kerala,” he claimed.


BSP to contest all 140 seats in Kerala

“The state has been ruled either by LDF or UDF all these years but it is a sad state of affairs that 50 per cent of Kerala’s population is without safe drinking water, roads and other basic infrastructure”, he alleged.

Mayawati will campaign in Kerala for three days, he said.

The names of 38 candidates were also announced at the press conference. Earlier, the party had announced the list of 70 candidates from Kochi on Saturday.


A Neglected Message From Dr. Ambedkar TO OBCs


An article was published recently in Marathi local magazine by Suhas Sonwane based on daily Loksatta. The following is a gist of it, translated from Marathi.

Mr. Babasaheb Gawande, the founder president of an Organization of Marathas from Bombay called “Maratha Mandir” was a close friend of Dr. Ambedkar. Mr. Gawande asked Dr. Ambedkar, who was then a Law Minister in Nehru Cabinet in 1947, for a message for the Maratha people to be published in the Souvenir of “Maratha Mandir”. Ambedkar declined saying that he had no relation with the Organization or the Marathas, but on persistent insistence, a message was given and published in the souvenir on 23rd March 1947. But unfortunately that special issue is not available in the office of the Organization today. But it was made available by Shri Vijay Survade recently and was undocumented till now.

Dr. Ambedkar said:


“This principle will apply not only to Marathas but all Backward Castes. If they do not wish to be under the thumb of others they should concentrate on two things, one is politics and the other is education.”


“One thing I like to impress on you is that the community can live in peace only when it has enough moral but indirect pressure over the rulers. Even if a community is numerically weak, it can keep its pressure over the rulers and create its dominance as is seen by the example of status of present day Brahmins in India. It is essential that such a pressure is maintained, as without it, the aims and policies of the state can not have proper direction, on which depends the development and progress of the state.”

“At the same time, it must not be forgotten that education is also important. Not only elementary education but higher education is most essential to keep ahead in competition of communities in their progress.”

“Higher education, in my opinion, means that education, which can enable you to occupy the strategically important places in State administration. Brahmins had to face a lot of opposition and obstacles, but they are overcoming these and progressing ahead.”

“I can not forget, rather I am sad, that many people do not realize that the Caste system is existing in India for centuries because of inequality and a wide gulf of difference in education, and they have forgotten that it is likely to continue for some centuries to come. This gulf between the education of Brahmins and non-Brahmins will not end just by primary and secondary education. The difference in status between these can only be reduced by higher education. Some non-Brahmins must get highly educated and occupy the strategically important places, which has remained the monopoly of Brahmins since long. I think this is the duty of the State. If the Govt. can not do it, institutions like “Maratha Mandir” must undertake this task.”

“I must emphasize one point here that middle class tries to compare itself with the highly educated and well placed and well to do community, whereas lower class all over the world has same fault. The middle class is not as liberal as upper one, and has no ideology as lower one, which makes it enemy of both the classes. The middle class Marathas of Maharashtra also have this fault. They have only two ways out, either to join hands with upper classes and prevent the lower classes from progress, and the other is to join hands with lower classes and both together destroy the upper class power coming against the progress of both. There was a time, they used to be with lower classes, now they seem to be with the upper class. It is for them to decide which way to go. The future of not only Indian masses but also their own future depends upon what decision the Maratha leaders take. As a matter of fact it all should be left to the skill and wisdom of the leaders of Marathas. But there seems to be a lack of such wise leadership among the Marathas.”

What he said about Marathas, equally applies to all OBCs, and still holds true after half a century. Dr. Ambedkar wrote much to educate the OBCs. It is only now that OBCs are awakening gradually. It must not be forgotten that the future of this country depends on them.

Dr. K. Jamanadas,

Dalits and English : Prof. Kancha Ilaiah

Kancha Ilaiah

The democratic nation proved that the fears of lower castes were wrong. They enrolled into regional language education in a big way.

One bright morning in 1960, when I was about eight, a newly appointed single teacher came to my house. My mother had already cleaned our courtyard called ‘vaakili’ and was sprinkling the dung water all around the courtyard. I was about to assist my elder brother in untying the cattle and go along with them for grazing. The teacher asked my mother to send me and my elder brother, who was about 10, to school. What she told him shocks every one of us in retrospect: “Ayyaa — if we send our children to school to read and write devil Saraswathi will kill them. That devil wants only brahmins and baniyas to be in that business.”



For centuries the so called goddess of education was against the dalit learning, reading and writing in any language. She was the goddess of education of only the high castes — mainly of the brahmins and baniayas. But the lower castes, who were denied of education treated her as a devil that would kill their children if they go to school.

The notion that she kills us was so deep that my grandmother fought with my mother for she was terrified of our imminent death, after I and my brother — not my sisters in any case — were sent to school. She used to pray Pochamma — our village goddess — that she should protect us from Saraswathi. Within a few months after we were sent to school my grandmother died of a future shock that we would not survive at all.

The democratic nation proved that those fears of lower castes were wrong. They got into regional language education in a big way. The goddess of Sanskrit education was adopted by lower castes as their goddess of regional language education too. Several school teachers across the country — many of them were OBC teachers — installed Saraswathi photo even in government schools, ignoring the fact there could be a muslim or a christian or any other minority students in the schools.

It is a known fact that there were several hindu teachers who made humiliating remarks about muslims and christians that they do not have goddess of education like Saraswathi and hence inferior in educational values. Saraswathi Shishumandirs have cropped up all over the country. In the ’70s and ’80s the aggressive ownership of ‘matru bhasha’ (mother tongue) theory and adoption of Saraswathi as goddess of Indian education had acquired a nationalist overtone. So militant was that nationalism that any opposition to installing Saraswathi’s portrait in the schools and colleges would only invite fist blows.

The right wing student organisations started installing her portrait in the university departments. The regional language departments made Saraswathi an educational-cultural symbol. Unmindful of the secular constitution of the nation even the university teachers — mainly of regional language departments sporting a visible saffron tilak on the forehead, began to treat others who operate outside that cultural norm as inferior.

A walking goddess

With the increase of women teachers in schools, colleges and universities Saraswathi was made almost a walking goddess in the nation. Buddha, Jesus, Mohammed, Guru Nanak whose life though revolved around education to all humans never appeared on the nationalist map of education.

While the majority OBCs, some dalits and tribals began to worship Saraswathi in regional educational centres — of course on the real pooja day the priest talked to her only in Sankrit, in spite of the fact, that under her sharp and well decorated nose that language died to a point no return, except that soliloquous priest nobody understands the slokas, she has become goddess of all Indian languages.

While the historical backwards were enjoying their new status of proximity to mythical Saraswathi, the living Saraswathi in the company of her cousin Laxmi shifted her real operative base to the other world, called colonial English world. The backward class people of India, as of now, have no entry so far.

The recent decision of the Central government to introduce English teaching from class one in all government schools will enable all the lower castes of India are going to enter into a new phase of English education. Though this method of English teaching does not take the dalit-bahujan and minority community children to the level of convent educated upper castes, it makes a new beginning of dreaming for egalitarian education in future.

English education is the key for adopting the modernist approach suitable to the globalised India. The upper castes have handled the contradiction between English and their native culture quite carefully. But when it comes to teaching English to the lower castes they have been proposing a theory that English will destroy the ‘culture of the soil’. Having realised the importance of English the Central government has taken a right decision.

However, the next stage should be moving towards total abolition of the gap between the private English medium schools and the government schools in terms of both infrastructure and teaching methods. Even about the language both the public and private schools must be brought under two language formula of teaching 50 per cent syllabus in English and the other half of the syllabus in the regional language across the country.

(The writer is D.Director, CSSEIP,  Maulana Azad National University, Hyderabad)


Train services to Hisar hit by Jat protests


HISAR/ FATEHABAD: As a part of their indefinite protest for reservation in government jobs, Jats blocked train services from Hisar and Fatehabad toDelhi for the sixth day on Saturday.

The community leaders threatened that if their demand for reservations were not met by Monday, they will block rail and road connectivity in the NCR region.

The agitating community leaders on Saturday laid seize on four rail routes by removing the fish plates in Hisar and Fatehabad.

With cancellation of 60 trains, 80,000 passengers were stuck at different stations and railways have lost about one crore rupees so far. “We have to divert the route of Delhi bound trains from Punjab as the agitators have blocked 7 lines in Haryana,” said Radhey Shyam Meena, station superintendent, Hisar.

Meanwhile, the situation became tensed in Ramayan village when an agitators, who is on hunger strike, complained of heart problem. Kitab Singh, 65, was rushed to district primary health centre (PHC). After treatment, Singh was declared out of danger.

The Jats also held protest at Narwana, affecting rail traffic on the Delhi-Ferozepur section, he said. “Buses on various routes, however, were running undisrupted,” a spokesman of Haryana Roadways said.

“The agitation will continue till our demand is met,” a spokesman of the All India Jat Reservation Action Committee said. A number of protesters, including women, have been staging sit-ins on the rail tracks since March 5, demanding 27% reservation in central jobs under the OBC category.



Jat agitation grips other states


LUCKNOW: The Jat agitation demanding reservation in central services and in states of Punjab, Haryana and Jammu under other backward class (OBC) category spread to other parts of UP and adjoining states on Saturday.

While the rail route blockade at Kafurpur in JP Nagar continued for seventh day, Jatwala Khap panchayat of Jats in Muzaffarnagar served an ultimatum that it will block all roads to Delhi from their district if the demand was not met in next 48 hours. Reports of Jats blocking the roads and holding demonstrations also poured in from Haryana and Punjab. Jats may hold a protest in Delhi on Sunday.

In UP, Jats under the banner of All India Jat Arakshan Samiti have blocked the rail tracks in Kafurpur for past one week, causing a loss of over Rs eight crore to railways and inconvenience to over two lakh people. All major trains connecting Uttarakhand and west UP to Delhi are not plying on the route since the start of the agitation. Trains to other parts of UP and beyond have been diverted, leading to 10-12 hours delay in movement.

No relief appears in sight as the Central government has not taken any concrete step so far to persuade Jats to withdraw the agitation. The talks between Jat delegation and Union cabinet secretary KM Chandrashekhar remained inconclusive on Thursday. While the Centre wants more time to consider the demand, Jats said they will not lift the siege till their demand is met or they get an assurance either from UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi or Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi.

All India Jat Arakshan Samiti president Yashpal Mallik said the demand of reservation for the Jat community, which includes Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs settled in different parts of north India, is 20 years old. For past three years, he added, Jats have been peacefully agitating. “Several times in the past we withdrew our agitation on the assurance of the government but this time we want something concrete,” he said. He also pointed out that when Jats have already been provided reservation under OBC category in UP and Rajasthan, why the Centre is reluctant to implement it in the central services. While thanking UP chief minister Mayawati for her support, Mallik said the agitation is non-political. “Anybody who wants to support us can do so but no party politics or self-promotion will be allowed from our platform,” he said. Political parties, barring the Bahujan Samaj Party, have been silent over the issue so far.

Meanwhile, rail services were disrupted at Hisar in Haryana due to the Jat stir. The rail traffic was affected on Hisar-Bhiwani, Hisar-Jakhal and Hisar-Sadalpur, a railway official said. The Jats also held protest at Narwana affecting rail traffic on Delhi-Ferozepur section. Six khap panchayats of Narwana in Haryana have decided to support the agitation. In Punjab, Jats blocked the Amritsar-Jalandhar rail section at village Khilchian near Amritsar. Jat leaders said they are planning to hold an agitation at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi.