"QUOTAS - this cure is worse than the disease."
( this is a slogan at on the wall at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) )
Eventhough the srike was called off, we all now knew that the this campaing got more hits then any thing in last 10 years, under the banner of Youth for Equality - a forum initiated by students of five medical colleges. one of the spokesman ( for Youth for Equality) said that while the doctors had decided to call off, Delhi University, IIT - Delhi and many more will would continue the protests.
Now , At some distance from this protest some held their own campaining place too, Calling themselves "Youth for Equal Opportunity",
Dr. Sukhbir Singh Badhal is one of them.
Badhal is a SC member a village in Haryana. His father was earning between Rs.60 and Rs.100 a day. Badhal got into a Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, run under a scheme started by the Rajiv Gandhi government to help under-privileged children, and graduated with a specialisation in life sciences. He then completed his MBBS from a government college in Rohtak, and is at present in his final year in post-graduate specialisation in Lab Medicine on a reserved seat.
Badhal says that his career improved the lives of most members of his family. His younger brothers can now afford to attend private school, and his father no longer has to work as a labourer. His companion at the rally, Dr. Sandeep Sabarwal, is another example of how reservation works. An OBC member from Sonipat district in Haryana, Sabarwal also made it to an undergraduate medical college in Rohtak through a reservation. He topped the general category All India Post Graduate Entrance Examination for a Masters in Dental Surgery last year. "As AIIMS had no reservation for OBCs, I gave the General Exam and topped it," he says. "But without reservation in my undergraduate course, I would never have made it." Unfortunately, the narrow parameters of the reservation debate have ensured that reserved category students shall continue to fight accusations of inability and incompetence. "If you get into college through reservation and do badly, it's because you don't deserve to be here," remarks an OBC student. "And if you do well, then you are not `truly backward'. It seems we are incompetent by definition."
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