OBC quota in Navodaya Vidyalayas likely

18/01/2017
New Delhi, Jan 18, 2017, DHNS:

Absence of reservation an anomaly, says HRD minister

The Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNV) may soon introduce quota in admission for students belonging to Other Backward Castes (OBCs).At present, the government run-residential schools provide reservation in admission to students belonging to Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs) only.

Addressing the national cultural integration meet of JNV students on Tuesday, Minister of State for Human Resource Development (HRD) Upendra Kushwaha described the absence of a quota system for OBC students as an “anomaly”, and assured that the government will soon take steps to “rectify” it.

HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar was also present on the occasion.
The JNVs, which fill their seats with 75% children from the rural areas, admit SC/ST
students under a flexible quota system.

The seats are reserved in proportion to the SC and ST population in the district, provided that marking of seats for such students should not be lesser than 15% for SC and 7.5% for ST.

The total seats reserved for SC and ST students should also not go beyond 50% of the total number of seats.

Kushwaha, who is in charge of the elementary education department of the HRD Ministry, had expressed displeasure on a previous occasion too.

Addressing the event, Javadekar expressed dissatisfaction with the number of girl students in JNVs.

Need more girl students
“Just 39% of the total students are girls. This is not good. We must make efforts to increase the enrolment of girls in the JNVs,” the HRD minister said.

One-third of the total seats are reserved for girls in admissions to the JNVs. A total of 600 JNVs are functioning in the country.

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs recently approved the establishment of 62 new JNVs in 18 states, three of which will to be opened in Kolar, Ramanagara and Kalaburagi districts.

“We will open more JNVs in the coming days,” Javadekar added.

 

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Nalvadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar : Ruler Mysore Princeley State

30/05/2011

ಮರೆಯೋದುಂಟೆ ಮೈಸೂರು ದೊರೆಯ: ಶ್ರೀ ನಾಲ್ವಡಿ ಕೃಷ್ಣರಾಜ ಒಡೆಯ

 

ಇತಿಹಾಸ ಮರೆತವರು ಇತಿಹಾಸ ಸೃಷ್ಟಿಸಲಾರರು ಇದು ಬಾಬಾ ಸಾಹೇಬ್ ಡಾ. ಅಂಬೇಡ್ಕರ್ರವರ’ ಸುಪ್ರಸಿದ್ದ ನಾಣ್ಣುಡಿ. ಅದರಲ್ಲೂ ಹಳೆ ಮೈಸೂರು ಭಾಗದವರು ತಮ್ಮ ಭವ್ಯ ಇತಿಹಾಸವನ್ನು ಮರೆಯಲೇಬಾರದು. ಏಕೆಂದರೆ ರಾಜ್ಯದ ಇತರೆ ಪ್ರದೇಶಗಳಿಗೆ ಹೋಲಿಸಿದರೆ ಹಳೆ ಮೈಸೂರು ಭಾಗ ಅಭಿವೃದ್ಧಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಮಂಚೂಣಿಯಲ್ಲಿದೆ ಎಂದರೆ ಅದಕ್ಕೆ ಕಾರಣ ಅದರ ಭವ್ಯ ಇತಿಹಾಸ. ಇಂತಹ ಭವ್ಯ ಇತಿಹಾಸದ ನಿಮರ್ಾತೃವಾಗಿ ತನ್ಮೂಲಕ ಮಾದರಿ ಮೈಸೂರಿಗೆ ಮುನ್ನುಡಿ ಬರೆದ ಧೃವತಾರೆ ರಾಜಷರ್ಿ ನಾಲ್ವಡಿ ಕೃಷ್ಣರಾಜ ಒಡೆಯರ್. ಆಳರಸರಿಗೆ ಮಾದರಿಯಾದ ರಾಜಯೋಗಿ. ನಾಲ್ವಡಿಯವರು ಜನಿಸಿದ್ದು 1884 ರ ಜೂನ್ 4ರಂದು. ತಂದೆ ಶ್ರೀ ಚಾಮರಾಜ ಒಡೆಯರ್, ತಾಯಿ ಕೆಂಪನಂಜಮ್ಮಣ್ಣಿ (ವಾಣಿ ವಿಲಾಸ ಸನ್ನಿಧಾನ). ಬಾಲಕ ಕೃಷ್ಣರಾಜರ ಪ್ರಾಥಮಿಕ ವಿದ್ಯಾಭ್ಯಾಸ ನಡೆದದ್ದು ಮೈಸೂರಿನಲ್ಲೇ. ರಾಯಲ್ ಸ್ಕೂಲ್ ಎಂಬ ಪ್ರತ್ಯೇಕ ಶಾಲೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಇವರ ಸಹಪಾಠಿಗಳಾಗಿದ್ದವರು ಮಿಜರ್ಾ ಇಸ್ಮಾಯಿಲ್, ಲಕ್ಷ್ಮೀಕಾಂತರಾಜ್ ಅರಸ್, ಮುಂತಾದವರು.

1894 ರಲ್ಲಿ ತಂದೆ ಚಾಮರಾಜ ಒಡೆಯರ್ರವರ ನಿಧನದಿಂದಾಗಿ ಬಾಲಕ ಕೃಷ್ಣರಾಜನಿಗೆ ರಾಜ್ಯದ ಹೊಣೆ ಬಿದ್ದಾಗ ಅವರಿಗೆ ಕೇವಲ 10 ವರ್ಷ. ಪೆಬ್ರವರಿ 1, 1895 ರಲ್ಲಿ ಯುವರಾಜ ಕೃಷ್ಣರಾಜರಿಗೆ ಪಟ್ಟಾಭಿಷೇಕ ಮಹೋತ್ಸವ ನಡೆಯುತ್ತದೆ. ಈ ಸಂದರ್ಭದಲ್ಲಿ ಬ್ರಿಟಿಷ್ ರಿಜೆನ್ಸಿ ಆಳ್ವಿಕೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಮೈಸೂರಿನ ಗೌರ್ನರ್ ಮತ್ತು ಮಹಾರಾಜರ ಟ್ಯೂಟರ್ ಆಗಿ ನೇಮಿಸಲ್ಪಟವರು ಸರ್. ಫ್ರೇಜರ್ರವರು. ಮುಂದೆ 1902 ಆಗಸ್ಟ್ 8ರಂದು ಬ್ರಿಟಿಷ್ ರಿಜೆನ್ಸಿಯಿಂದ ಅಧಿಕಾರ ಸ್ವೀಕರಿಸುತ್ತಾ, ಯುವರಾಜ ಕೃಷ್ಣರಾಜರು ತಮ್ಮ ಮುಂದಿನ ಆಳ್ವಿಕೆ ಹೇಗಿರುತ್ತದೆ ಂಬುದಕ್ಕೆ ಹೀಗೆ ನುಡಿಯುತ್ತಾರೆ, ನನ್ನ ಮೇಲೆ ಹೊರಿಸಲ್ಪಟ್ಟಿರುವ ಭಾರವು ಎಷ್ಟು ಮಹತ್ತರವಾದುದು ಎಂಬುದನ್ನು ನಾನು ಸಂಪೂರ್ಣವಾಗಿ ತಿಳಿದಿದ್ದೇನೆ. ಇದನ್ನು ಮಾತಿನಿಂದಲ್ಲ ಕೃತಿಯಿಂದ ಸಾಬೀತುಪಡಿಸಬೇಕೆಂದು ನಿಶ್ಚಯಿಸಿಕೊಂಡಿದ್ದೇನೆ, ನನ್ನ ಪ್ರಜೆಗಳ ಸುಖ ಸಂತೋಷಗಳಿಗೆ ಎಂದೂ ಕುಂದುಂಟಾಗದಂತೆ ನೋಡಿಕೊಳ್ಳುವುದು ನನ್ನ ಕರ್ತವ್ಯವಾಗಿದೆ. ಸಂಸ್ಥಾನದ ಸ್ಥಿತಿಯು ಇನ್ನೂ ಉತ್ತಮವಾಗುವಂತೆ ಮಾಡುತ್ತೇನೆ. ಯಾರ ಭಯವಾಗಲಿ, ದಾಕ್ಷಿಣ್ಯವಾಗಲಿ ಇಲ್ಲದೇ ಯಾರ ತಂತ್ರಕ್ಕೂ ಹಿಂಜರಿಯದೇ, ಯಾವ ಮಂತ್ರಕ್ಕೂ ಒಳಗಾಗದೇ ನನ್ನ ಪ್ರಜೆಗಳ ನಿರಂತರ ಹಿತ ರಕ್ಷಣೆಗಾಗಿ ರಾಜ್ಯ ಭಾರ ನಿರ್ವಹಿಸುತ್ತೇನೆ ಎನ್ನುತ್ತಾರೆ. ಹಾಗಿದ್ದರೆ ಮಹಾರಾಜರು ನುಡಿದಂತೆ ನಡೆದರೆ? ತಮ್ಮ ಮಾತನ್ನು ಜೀವನದುದ್ದಕ್ಕೂ ಉಳಿಸಿಕೊಡರೆ? ಖಂಡಿತ 38 ವರ್ಷಗಳ ಅವರ ಭವ್ಯ ನಿದರ್ಾಕ್ಷಿಣ್ಯ ಆಡಳಿತ ಅದಕ್ಕೆ ಸಾಕ್ಷೀಭೂತವಾಗಿದೆ. ಆಡಳಿತ ಚುಕ್ಕಾಣಿ ಹಿಡಿದ ಮಹಾರಾಜರು ತಾನ್ನೊಬ್ಬ ರಾಜ ಇಡೀ ರಾಜ್ಯವೇ ನನ್ನ ಬಿಗಿ ಮುಷ್ಠಿಯಲ್ಲಿರಬೇಕು ಎಂದುಕೊಳ್ಳಲಿಲ್ಲ. ಬದಲಾಗಿ ತಾನ್ನೊಬ್ಬ ಜನ ಸೇವಕ ಜನ ಸೇವೆಯೇ ತನ್ನ ನೈಜ ಗುರಿಯೆಂದು ಪ್ರತಿಪಾದಿಸಿ ಅಪ್ಪಟ ಪ್ರಜಾಪ್ರಭುತ್ವವಾದಿ ಅರಸು ಎನ್ನಿಸಿಕೊಂಡರು. ಅದಕ್ಕಾಗಿ ಪ್ರಜಾಪ್ರತಿನಿಧಿ ಸಭೆ ಯನ್ನು ಬಲಗೊಳಿಸಿ 1907ರಲ್ಲಿ ನ್ಯಾಯಾವಿಧಾಯಕ ಸಭೆಯನ್ನು ಸ್ಥಾಪಿಸಿ ಸರ್ವರಿಗೂ ಅದರಲ್ಲಿ ಪ್ರಾತಿನಿದ್ಯ ನೀಡಿ ಸಮಾನತೆ ಮೆರೆದರು. ಇಡೀ ರಾಜ್ಯವನ್ನೇ ತಮ್ಮ ಆಸ್ತಿಯೆಂದು ಪರಿಗಣಿಸದೆ ತಮ್ಮ ಸಂಸಾರಕ್ಕೆ ಎಷ್ಟು ಹಣ ಬೇಕೆಂಬುದನ್ನು ಕೂಡ ಅಯ-ವ್ಯಯದ ಮೂಲಕ ಪ್ರಜಾಪ್ರತಿನಿಧಿ ಸಭೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಅನುಮೊದನೆ ಪಡೆದುಕೊಳ್ಳಲು ಪ್ರಾರಂಭಿಸಿದರು. ಪ್ರಾಯಶಃ ಮಹಾರಾಜರ ಈ ಕ್ರಮ ಇಡೀ ಭರತ ಖಂಡದಲ್ಲೆಯೇ ಅಪರೂಪದ್ದು.

 ಸಾಮಾಜಿಕ ನ್ಯಾಯದ ಪರ ಮಹಾರಾಜರ ನಿಲುವು ಮೀಸಲಾತಿ ಚಳುವಳಿಯ ಇತಿಹಾಸದಲ್ಲೆ ಸುವಣರ್ಾಕ್ಷರಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಬರೆದಿಡುವಂತಹದ್ದು. 1902ರಲ್ಲಿ ಕೊಲ್ಲಪುರ ಸಂಸ್ಥಾನದಲ್ಲಿ ಅಲ್ಲಿಯ ಅರಸು ಶಾಹು ಮಹಾರಾಜರು ಹಿಂದುಳಿದ ವರ್ಗಗಳಿಗೆ ಶೇ. 50 ಮೀಸಲಾತಿ ನೀಡಿದ ನಂತರ ಅದರಿಂದ ಸ್ಪೂತರ್ಿಗೊಂಡ ಅವರು 1927ರಲ್ಲಿ ಮಿಲ್ಲರ್ (Miller) ಆಯೋಗದ ಶಿಫಾರಸ್ಸಿನಂತೆ ಬ್ರಾಹ್ಮಣೇತರರಿಗೆ (Non-Brahmin Reservation in Mysore State) ಶೇ 75% ಮೀಸಲಾತಿ ನೀಡುತ್ತಾರೆ (Backward Catse Reservation in Mysore State). ತನ್ಮೂಲಕ ಸಾಮಾಜಿಕ ನ್ಯಾಯದಲ್ಲಿ ಹೊಸ ಶಕೆಗೆ ನಾಂದಿಹಾಡುತ್ತಾರೆ. ಮಹಾರಾಜರ ಈ ನಿಧರ್ಾರದ ವಿರುದ್ಧ ಅಂದಿನ ದಿವಾನರಾಗಿದ್ದ ಸರ್. ಎಂ ವೀಶ್ವೇಶ್ವರಯ್ಯನವರು (Mokshagundam Visvesvarayya) ಜಾತಿ ಆಧಾರಿತ ಮೀಸಲಾತಿ ನೀಡುವುದರಿಂದ ಪ್ರತಿಭೆಗೆ ದಕ್ಕೆ ಉಂಟಾಗುತ್ತದೆ ಆಡಳಿತದಲ್ಲಿ ದಕ್ಷತೆ ಹಾಳಾಗುತ್ತದೆ. ಇದಕ್ಕೆ ಅವಕಾಶ ಕೊಡಬಾರದು ಎನ್ನುತ್ತಾರೆ.

 

ಅಚ್ಚರಿ ಎಂದರೆ ಮಹಾರಾಜರು ಇದರಿಂದ ವಿಚಲಿತರಾಗುವುದಿಲ್ಲ. ಬದಲಿಗೆ ಬೇಸತ್ತ ವೀಶ್ವೇಶ್ವರಯ್ಯನವರು ನೀಡುವ ರಾಜೀನಾಮೆಯನ್ನು ಯಾವುದೇ ಗತ್ಯಂತರವಿಲ್ಲದೆ ಸ್ವೀಕರಿಸುತ್ತಾರೆ!. ಇರಲಿ, ತಮ್ಮ 38 ವರ್ಷಗಳ ದೀರ್ಘ ಆಳ್ವಿಕೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಮಹಾರಾಜರು ಸಾಧನೆಯ ಸುರಿಮಳೆಯನ್ನೆ ಸುರಿಸುತ್ತಾರೆ. ದೇವದಾಸಿ ಪದ್ದತಿಯನ್ನು ನಿಮರ್ೂಲನೆಗೊಳಿಸಿದ್ದು ಗೆಜ್ಜೆಪೂಜೆ ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮವನ್ನು ನಿಷೇಧಿಸಿದ್ದು, ವಿಧವಾ ಶಿಕ್ಷಣಕ್ಕೆ ಪ್ರೋತ್ಸಾಹಿಸಿದ್ದು, ಮಹಿಳೆಯರಿಗೂ ಪಿತ್ರಾಜರ್ಿತ ಆಸ್ತಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಪಾಲು ನೀಡಲು ಕಾನೂನು ರೂಪಿಸಿದ್ದು ಮಹಾರಾಜರ ಸಾಮಾಜಿಕ ಕಳಕಳಿಯ ಬಿಂಬಗಳಾಗಿವೆ. ಜಾತಿ ಆಧಾರದ ಮೇಲೆ ಯಾರನ್ನು ಸಾರ್ವಜನಿಕ ಶಾಲೆಗಳಿಂದ ದೂರವಿಡುವ ಪ್ರವೃತ್ತಿಯನ್ನು ಸಕರ್ಾರವು ಎತ್ತಿಹಿಡಿಯಲಾರದು ಎಂಬ ಗೆಜೆಟ್ ಪ್ರಕಟಣೆಯ ಮೂಲಕ ಅಸ್ಷೃಶ್ಯರ ಶಿಕ್ಷಣಕ್ಕೆ ಅವಕಾಶ ಕಲ್ಪಿಸುವ ಅವರು ಶಿಕ್ಷಣವೇ ಎಲ್ಲ ಅಭಿವದ್ಧಿಗೂ ಮೂಲ ಎಂದು ಶಿಕ್ಷಣಕ್ಕೆ ಹೆಚ್ಚು ಒತ್ತುಕೊಡುತ್ತಾರೆ.

1916 ರಲ್ಲಿ ಮೈಸೂರು ವಿಶ್ವ ವಿದ್ಯಾನಿಲಯ ಪ್ರಾರಂಬಿಸಿದ್ದು, ಬೆಂಗಳೂರಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಕೃಷಿ ವಿ.ವಿ ಸ್ಥಾಪಿಸಿದ್ದು, 1911 ರಲ್ಲಿ ಎಸ್.ಎಸ್.ಎಲ್.ಸಿ. ಪರೀಕ್ಷೆ ಆರಂಭಿಸಿದ್ದು, ಕಡ್ಡಾಯ ಪ್ರಾಥಮಿಕ ಶಿಕ್ಷಣ ಕಾಯಿದೆ ಜಾರಿಗೊಳಿಸಿದ್ದು ಮತ್ತು ವಯಸ್ಕರಿಗಾಗಿ 7000 ವಯಸ್ಕರ ಶಾಲೆಗಳನ್ನು ಪ್ರಾರಂಭಿಸಿದ್ದು ಶಿಕ್ಷಣದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಮಹಾರಾಜರ ಆದ್ಯತೆಯನ್ನು ತೋರಿಸುತ್ತದೆ. ಹಾಗಂತ ಅವರು ಕೃಷಿ ಕ್ಷೇತ್ರವನ್ನು ಕಡೆಗಣಿಸುವುದಿಲ್ಲ. ವಿಶ್ವ ವಿಖ್ಯಾತ ಕೃಷ್ಣ ರಾಜ ಸಾಗರ ನಿಮರ್ಾಣಗೊಂಡದ್ದು ಇವರ ಕಾಲದಲ್ಲೇ ಇದರ ಮೂಲಕ ಆ ಕಾಲದಲ್ಲೇ 1,20,000 ಎಕರೆ ಭೂಮಿಗೆ ನೀರಾವರಿ ಕಲ್ಪಿಸಲಾಯಿತು. ಏಷ್ಯಾ ಖಂಡದಲ್ಲೇ ಮೊದಲ ಬಾರಿಗೆ ಜಲ ವಿದ್ಯುತ್ ಯೋಜನೆ ಪ್ರಾರಂಭವಾದದ್ದು ಕೂಡ ಇವರ ಕಾಲದಲ್ಲೇ. 1902ರಲ್ಲಿ ಕಾವೇರಿ ನದಿಗೆ ಶಿವನಸಮುದ್ರದಲ್ಲಿ ಅಡ್ಡಲಾಗಿ ಜಲ ವಿದ್ಯುತ್ ಉತ್ಪಾದನಾ ಕಾರ್ಯ ಪ್ರಾರಂಭವಾಗಿದ್ದು, 30,000 ವೋಲ್ಟ್ ವಿದ್ಯುತ್ತನ್ನು ಕೋಲಾರ ಚಿನ್ನದ ಗಣಿಗೆ ವಗರ್ಾಯಿಸಿದ್ದು ಅಚ್ಚರಿಯೆನಿಸಿದರೂ ಸತ್ಯ ಈ ಸಂದರ್ಭದಲ್ಲಿಯೇ ಜನರು ಮಹಾರಾಜರನ್ನು ಕೃಷ್ಣ ರಾಜ ಭೂಪ ಮನೆ ಮನೆ ದೀಪ ಎಂದದ್ದು. ಏಕೆಂದರೆ ಇಡೀ ಭಾರತದಲ್ಲಿ ಪ್ರಪ್ರಥಮವಾಗಿ ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು ನಗರದಲ್ಲಿ ವಿದ್ಯುತ್ ದೀಪಗಳು ಬೆಳಗಿದ್ದು, ಮೈಸೂರು ಸೇರಿದಂತೆ ಇತರ ನಗರ, ಹಳ್ಳಿಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ವಿದ್ಯುತ್ ದೀಪ ಬೆಳಗಿದ್ದು ಇವರ ಕಾಲದಲ್ಲೇ ಅದಕ್ಕೆ. ಹೀಗೆ ಪ್ರತಿಯೊಂದು ಕ್ಷೇತ್ರದಲ್ಲಿಯೂ ಮಹಾರಾಜ ನಾಲ್ವಡಿ ಕೃಷ್ಣ ಒಡೆಯರ್ ಸಾಧನೆ ಅನನ್ಯ. ಈ ಕಾರಣದಿಂದಲೇ ಒಂದೆಡೆ ಡಿ.ವಿ.ಜಿಯವರು ನನ್ನ ತಿಳುವಳಿಕೆಯಲ್ಲಿ 1881ರಿಂದ 1940ರ ಅವಧಿಯ ವರ್ಷಗಳು ಮೈಸೂರಿನ ಸುವರ್ಣ ಯುಗ ಎಂದಿರುವುದು.

 ಹಾಗೇಯೇ 1938ರ ಎನ್ಸೈಕ್ಲೋಪಿಡಿಯಾ ಬ್ರಿಟಾನಿಕಾ ಭರತ ಖಂಡದಲ್ಲಿಯೇ ಮೈಸೂರು ಮಾದರಿ ಸಂಸ್ಥಾನ ಎಂದು ದಾಖಲಿಸಿರುವುದು. ಹಾಗಿದ್ದರೆ ಇಷ್ಟೆಲ್ಲ ಸಾಧನೆಗೈದ ನಾಲ್ವಡಿಯವರಿಗೆ ಸಮಸ್ಯೆಗಳು ಕಾಡಲಿಲ್ಲವೇ? ಎನ್ನುವುದಾದರೆ ಉತ್ತರ ಹೌದು. ಬ್ರಾಹ್ಮಣೇತರರಿಗೆ ಶೇ. 75 ಮಿಸಲಾತಿ ಜಾರಿ ಮಾಡಿದ್ದರಿಂದ ಕುದ್ದು ಹೋದ ಪಟ್ಟಭದ್ರರು 1938 ರಲ್ಲಿ ಶಿವಪುರ ಧ್ವಜ ಸತ್ಯಾಗ್ರಹ ಮಾಡಿ ಮಹಾರಾಜರ ವಿರುದ್ಧ ಪಿತೂರಿ ನಡೆಸುತ್ತವೆ ಮತ್ತು ಇಂತಹದೇ ಮತ್ತೊಂದು ಘಟನೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ವಿಧುರಾಶ್ವಥ್ಥ ಎಂಬಲ್ಲಿ ಧ್ವಜಾರೋಹಣ ನಡೆದು ಗೋಲಿಬಾರ್ ಮಾಡಲಾಗುತ್ತದೆ. ದುರಂತವೆಂದರೆ ಈ ಗೋಲಿಬಾರ್ಗೆ ಮಹಾರಾಜರು ಮತ್ತು ದಿವಾನರು ಕಾರಣ ಎಂದು ಅಪಪ್ರಚಾರ ಮಾಡಲಾಗುತ್ತದೆ. ಇದರಿಂದ ಮಹಾರಾಜರು ತೀವ್ರವಾಗಿ ಘಾಸಿಗೊಳಗಾಗುತ್ತಾರೆ. ಈ ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಗೊಂದಲಗಳ ನಡುವೆ ಅವರ ಬೆನ್ನೆಲುಬಂತಿದ್ದ ಅವರ ಸಹೋದರ ಕಂಠೀರವ ನರಸಿಂಹರಾಜ ಒಡೆಯರ್ರವರು ಆಕಾಲಿಕ ಮರಣಕ್ಕೀಡಾಗುತ್ತಾರೆ. ಇದು ಮಹಾರಾಜರನ್ನು ಇನ್ನಷ್ಟು ಆಘಾತಕ್ಕೀಡುಮಾಡುತ್ತದೆ, ಇಂತಹ ಆಘಾತ ಒತ್ತಡಗಳು ಅಂತಿಮವಾಗಿ ಬಲಿತೆಗೆದುಕೊಳ್ಳುವುದು ಸ್ವತಃ ಮಹಾರಾಜರನ್ನೇ, ಜುಲೈ 31, 1940 ರಂದು ತೀವ್ರ ಹೃದಯಾಘಾತಕ್ಕೆ ಒಳಗಾದ ರಾಜಷರ್ಿ, ಪ್ರಜಾ ಚಿಂತಕ, ಸಾಮಾಜಿಕ ಪರಿವರ್ತನೆಯ ರೂವಾರಿ ನಾಲ್ವಡಿ ಕೃಷ್ಣ ರಾಜ ಒಡೆಯರ್ರ ಪವಿತ್ರ ಚೇತನವು ಆಗಸ್ಟ್ 03 1940 ರಂದು ಅವರ ದೇಹವನ್ನು ಬಿಟ್ಟು ಆಗಲುತ್ತದೆ, ತನ್ಮೂಲಕ ತನ್ನ ಲಕ್ಷಾಂತರ ದೇಶವಾಸಿಗಳನ್ನು ತಬ್ಬಲಿ ಮಾಡುತ್ತದೆ.

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Dalits and English : Prof. Kancha Ilaiah

17/03/2011
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)

http://www.deccanherald.com/content/137777/dalits-english.html


Train services to Hisar hit by Jat protests

13/03/2011

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.

 

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/gurgaon/Train-services-to-Hisar-hit-by-Jat-protests/articleshow/7690397.cms


Jat agitation grips other states

13/03/2011

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.

 

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/lucknow/Jat-agitation-grips-other-states/articleshow/7689244.cms


Maya’s ploy to gain Jats votes?

13/03/2011

LUCKNOW: Chief minister Mayawati on Thursday tried to kill two birds with one stone by announcing support to the Jat community demanding reservation in central services under other backward class (OBC) category. She has therefore, put the ball in Centre’s court by asking the Congress led UPA government to accept the demand of Jats and at the same time scored over rival Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD), which has strong base in the Jat-land but has been silent over the issue so far.

But contrary to Maya’s appeal of peaceful protest, the Jats turned violent on Thursday. They indulged in arson at UP-Delhi border and announced the launch of agitation using `Guerrilla war technique’, that is, flash violent protests at an undisclosed place in Delhi for next few days and flee the venue before arrival of police. It will be followed by a full fledged agitation, if their demand is not met, to choke Delhi by blocking all the rail and road routes.

The Jat community which includes Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs is already getting OBC reservation in UP and Rajasthan. They are demanding similar facility in central services, Punjab, Haryana and Jammu. The demand of reservation is 20 years old. But for last three years, Jats have been agitating continuously in a peaceful manner for last three years. Now for last six days, the members of Jat Mahasabha have blocked the Delhi-Lucknow rail route at Kafurpur in JP Nagar.

Interestingly, Maya dealt strictly with Samajwadi Party workers holding demonstration against the state government for last three days but has made no attempt to clear the rail route blocked by Jats. The chief minister only made an appeal on Thursday asking Jats to lay siege in Delhi as their demands can be fulfilled by the UPA government. While reiterating her support for including Jats in OBC list, Maya also asked them to maintain peace and order. But Jats say that they have nothing against the state government but slammed Congress led UPA government. “The government at the Centre does not listens to peaceful agitations, hence we have decided to intensify our stir,” said Jat leader Yashpal Mallik.

Notably, on Wednesday, a delegation of Jats had held talks with the Union cabinet secretary but it failed. The issue of Jats was also raised in the Parliament on Thursday. But no solution is in the sight as yet.

According to political analysts, Maya has supported Jat agitation because she has nothing to lose but may gain. Jats have never been her vote bank. This will help her to make inroads in the community. In contrast, other political parties like SP fear losing votes of Yadavs, if it would support Jats openly. On being included in the OBC list, Jats will cut into the share of Yadavs and OBCs in the reservation. The RLDis playing safe because Jats are already in OBC list in UP.

However, farmer rights activist Prof Sudhir Kumar said that Jats should get reservation because their socio-economic status is similar or lower to Yadavs and other castes in the OBC list. “Jats got reservation in UP and Rajasthan through non-political movements. The agitation at present is also being organised by a non-political outfit. But the Congress is perhaps ignoring it because Jats traditionally have been voting for other parties in UP,” he added.

 

http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-03-11/lucknow/28679345_1_jat-agitation-kafurpur-jat-community


Mulayam, Sharad Yadav keep up opposition to women’s quota bill

13/03/2011

NEW DELHI: A brief discussion in Lok Sabha on Tuesday highlighted familiar and contending positions on the women’s reservation bill with backward caste stalwarts like Mulayam Singh Yadav and Sharad Yadav demanding on a quota within quota for OBC, minority, tribal and dalit women.

Mulayam said he preferred a law that will ask political parties to reserve 15% per cent tickets for women rather than a bill on a quota in Parliament. Sharad Yadav said only certain women who “lived in cities likeDelhi and Lucknow” would benefit, suggesting he has not really revised the sentiment behind his controversial “par kati (short haired city women)” remark.

http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-03-09/india/28672008_1_quota-bill-reservation-bill-par-kati