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Valmikis seek higher reservation


BENGALURU: The Karnataka Valmiki Nayaka Advocate Forum is agitating to increase the reservation for the Schedule Castes by 7% from the existing three per cent.

Since 1956 there was reservation of 3% in Karnataka for the Schedule Castes. The population of people who were categorised as SC/STs back then was 165,000 but now, according to the 2011 census, the population has increased to 4,248,000.

After the state was formed, there were people from other states who migrated to Karnataka who were also categorised under SC/STs. Even after this development, the state did not consider to increase the percentage.

“Our main focus is education for the women and then public services. Because only if the women are educated will we see the development in our community,” said Chief Patron B. Shivappa, I.A.S., (Rtd.) of the Karnataka Valmiki Nayaka Advocates Forum.

A writ petition was submitted to the High Court on this matter as a result of which the court had  directed the state to increase the reservation percentage. The state is now not abiding by the constitution as they are not increasing the reservation percentage, the association alleged. It has been demanding hike in the reservation since the last three years.

The members of the association have planned to stage a three-day protest from August 13 in Yadagiri, Raichur, Bellary and Chitradurga.

Smt. Vijaya A.D., Vice President, “The state is trying to supress us even today by not increasing the reservations.”


The Kashmir debate: from 1947 to AK 47

CAMPUS: The talk on “The Idea of India in Jammu And Kashmir” organised by the Department of Political Science on Thursday witnessed a diversity of opinions expressed by the panelists.

The discussion involved the views on the possibilities of having a referendum in Kashmir and its relevance, the importance of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) and its contradiction with Article 236 and 237; and also the way the media projects J&K to India and to the rest of the world.

The panelists for the eve were Mr Aijaz Rahi, a Kashmiri by birth and now a journalist at Associated Press; B R Muthu Kumar, former Indian Ambassador to Tajikistan, Belarus, Lithuania and Azerbaijan; Prof M J Vinod, Professor of Political Science in Bangalore University (BU); and Dr Suba Chandran, former visiting faulty member of University of Jammu, J&K and currently the professor of International Strategic and Security Studies in National Institute Of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bangalore.

The co-coordinator of the talk was Fr Ambrose Pinto SJ, the principal of St Aloysius Degree College, Bangalore and the former principal of SJC (Autonomous), Bangalore.

“Kashmir can’t be independent, it has to be either with India or with Pakistan” said Mr B R Muthu Kumar, provoking a heated discussion within the panel and in the audience.

Dr Suba Chandran addressed the role of media in shaping perceptions about Kashmir amongst Indians and an international audience. “We don’t see Kashmir the way Kashmiris want us to see them” he said. The argument he placed was the fear that Jammu and Kashmir mustn’t become Jammu vs. Kashmir

Mr Aijaz Rahi said “It’s not easy to report facts always; the media never gave the entire picture. In that case, the Government also didn’t.” He spoke about Kashmir being colonized since 1947, and how India is curbing the voice of Kashmir. ”It’s not why Burhan Wani was killed rather why he became what he was killed for is the issue; while he was a terrorist for most of us, he was a martyr for some.” He finished his speech saying “Kashmir saw a lot from 1947 to AK47.”

The question of hatred of Kashmiris for Indians and vice-versa was raked up by the audience and Mr Rahi responded saying “When the situations are under control, lakhs of domestic tourists come to Kashmir. Have you ever heard that a tourist got injured or is been harassed, why not if there’s so much of hatred?”


Sneha Mukherjee


KR Puram-Silk Board metro link urged


Bengaluru: Industrialists and civic conscious citizens have made a demand to Bengaluru Development Minister K J George to consider a metro link between K R Puram and Silk Board, to ease the traffic congestion.

The original plan of  Namma Metro Phase II had only two metro lines, one 15.5 km line between Baiyappanahalli and Whitefield, and the other 18.85 km line between R V Road and Bommasandra. The estimated total cost of Phase II project is Rs 26,405 crores.

However, no mention was made about the metro line connecting K R Puram and Silk Board.

Phase II of Namma Metro project stretches for 72.1 km, for which the construction work began in November 2015. Land acquisition for the project is under progress. Over 60 per cent of the land required for the project was acquired by May-end. Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) has set a deadline of 2020 to complete the project.

“However, the plans seem to be up in the air and no concrete steps have yet been taken. The project will be implemented only if the State government approves the project proposal and the proposal is yet to be prepared,” said Ashok Kumar, a civic rights activist.

Pratibha contests enter fifth day


CAMPUS: Friday marked the fifth day of the Pratibha intra-collegiate fest with students running around to participate in and volunteer for various events.

The Extempore debate took place in the UG quadrangle during the lunch break which gave the participants opportunity to play around with the theme of ‘Campus’.  Rahul Jain from 3rd year, PEM, the MC of the event, said, “Around 17 participants took part. Ms Livia Antony from the English Department was the judge. The theme is unique as it is limited to our Joseph’s campus; the participants pick up things that exist only in our campus for example, the elections that took place.”

Anurag Chakraborty from 2nd year PCM, a participant said, “It helps us improve our public speaking skills. I spoke about the outreach programme and it was a nice experience going up there and having a chance to speak about it.”

Flower Arrangement, Potpouri and Graffiti were also happening simultaneously in the UG and PG blocks for the UG students.

Ayesha Benazir from 2nd year BSC, the event head for Flower Arrangement, said, “10 groups with 3 members in each participated for the event. Ms Grace Leena Crasta of the Botany Department and Dr. Grace Prabhakar from the Biotechnology Department are the judges for the event.” She also said that the results for the event would be announced on August 8.

Roshini A from 1st year PCM, a participant for Flower Arrangement, said, “The topic given to us was ‘ikebana’ which is a Japanese type of flower arrangement and we are doing something on those lines only and we plan to win the competition.”IMG-20160805-WA0014

Parents protest fee hikes in private school


BENGALURU: Unhappy with the erratic increases in the fee structures in the unaided private schools in Bengaluru, a group of parents on Thursday staged a silent protest in the premises of a private unaided school.

(cannot be disclosed (Vagdevi Vilas School) premises on Thursday.

The fees at this popular and in-demand school in Marathahali in 2014-2015 was Rs 54,000. The amount sharply increased the amount to Rs 95, 000 last year. The main demand of the parents was that the fee hike be rolled back.

“We are unhappy over how the schools are manipulating parents by hiking fees every year. The law states that the school management should inform the parents before revising the fees but very often we parents are never aware of it till the last minute,” said Mohammed Ali Khan, a parent.

As the school refused to agree to the demands of the parents, a memorandum was submitted to Tanver Sait, Minister for Primary and Secondary Education. The parents stressed on how the school managements were involved in the business of commercialisation of education.

“We believe that the only way forward is to fight such hikes legally, but the issue of excess school fee is also because of the absence of a cap on the fee structure in Karnataka, and the government has not fixed a limit on fee structure for unaided private schools,” said Ahmmed Afraz, a parent.

Sheela Balamurali, principal of the New Horizon Gurukul School said “It’s not just the maintenance expense that the school management have to bear, but the initial huge establishment cost too, the management has to spend on salary to teaching and non-teaching staff, payments of bills and taxes etc. which increases every year.”