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Tuesday, July 25, 2006  
Divide over reservation deepens


By Priyam Bhasin

Sunday, July 23, 2006

New Delhi: The debate over reservation may seem to have toned down for people but at medical colleges it still continues and is very much alive at AIIMS.The recent agitation has only underlined and fuelled the divide that already existed between the pro-quota and anti-quota lobbies.Not all doctors are happy with the Supreme Court's decision to pay doctors who'd struck work. Doctors, who were working during the three weeks of reservation row, say the court was being discriminatory. The SC's decision to pay has strengthened the anti-quota lobby. "In the court it was said, that release the salaries, and do not make it a precedent, which means that the judiciary was biased towards those protesting against quotas," said Dr Anoop Saraya, senior doctor, AIIMS.On Saturday, senior doctors including the vice dean students and workers demonstrated at AIIMS.

Caste-based discrimination
The pro-quota lobby says it is also fighting caste-based discrimination and the insults and abuse faced by reserved category students during the recent strike. "We, the SC/ST doctors' association, have filed a PIL in the Delhi high court. Doctors from reserved categories were harassed, and not allowed to work, but the authorities failed to take action," said Dr Rathore, Maulana Azad Medical College.The doctors who oppose reservation say there was never any discrimination."These allegations are baseless, they oppose Dr Venugopal. It's all being done because they are against him," said Dr Anil Sharma, Spokesperson, Youth for Equality.On one side of the AIIMS campus there were the anti quota protest which went on for three weeks. But on the opposite side, protests are still on against discrimination faced by students belonging to reserved categories. This deep and bitter divide within the medical community along caste lines has further deepened with the Supreme Court's orders. What's worrying is that what happens here sets a precedent elsewhere in the country.

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12:26 PM

Blog blocking stalemate continues

The Indian Express
By Pragya Singh
July 21, 2006

NEW DELHI: Three days into the unhappy skirmish with bloggers, the government on Thursday double-barrelled its decision to gag 17 websites and blogs in India.

On Thursday, the Department of Telecom (DoT) sent Internet Service Providers (ISPs) yet another letter—this one ‘‘ordering’’ them to selectively block only those websites that it had specified in the July 13 ban order.
All other websites, DoT has told the Internet companies, must continue to be accessed ‘‘unhindered’’. In a statement issued today, DoT has said that by blocking more websites than the 17 in the hot seat, ISPs are in ‘‘contravention’’ of its orders.
This is the first time that DoT is placing its cards on the table on the July 13 ban, but its position is remains marred, since not all ISPs seem to have the required technology to selectively block webpages maintained on blogs.

But the government is not playing along with niceties. The official statement issued today paraphrases the new order as saying: ‘‘It has come to notice that in some cases the parent website had been blocked in contravention to what was stated in its earlier order.’’
As if on cue, the ISP Association of India (ISPAI) has also said that there is technology available to block websites and web pages selectively, and that though not all ISPs may have it now, they can acquire it soon.


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