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Beurs and Beurettes of France-Crisis of Identity

asking for 'relaxation' for other categories also. Needless to say, the demand is quite unjustified. The JAC further wanted the arrest and prosecution of the killers of Arun Kumar, an ST student who was done to death by a group owing allegiance to the ABVP two months ago. Though it is a genuine demand, the JAC itself has done precious little to register its protest effectively barring a routine paper protest. To press for the acceptance of its other demands, the JAC pitched a tent near the state secretariat on July 11, and went on an indefinite hunger strike much to the surprise of many teachers and sympathisers who were not prepared for such a sudden development. Interestingly the hunger strike coincided with the commencement of the state assembly session. After three days the police pulled down the hunger strike camp and shifted the strikers to the hospital. Questions about the strike were raised in the assembly by the opposition the following day. On the last day of the assembly on July 15, Nara Chandrababu Naidu and leaders of the CPI and CPI(M) visited the hospital and offered fruit juice to the four strikers, formally calling off the hunger strike. To conclude, though the university of late has shown some courage in tackling the 'NET' issue effectively, it should show more guts in cleansing the university of administrative cobwebs, publish a White Paper on the quota posts and a policy paper on teacher recruitment and promotions to refurbish its tainted image among the dalit sections.

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