[WSMDiscuss] Casteism at India's Top Medical Institute

Umakant uk4in at yahoo.co.in
Sun Jul 19 17:00:34 CEST 2020

Dear Friends

Greetings! Casteism is seen andpracticed as normal even in educational institutions in India. It has led toinstitutional murders in the form of Dalit and Adivasi (Indigenous) studentscommitting suicides in recent years have been reported on a regular basis. ADalit lady Doctor at the most prestigious All India Institutes of MedicalScience (AIIMS), New Delhi, reportedly tried to commit suicide after hercomplaint about caste based harassment to authorities were not looked into inthe month of March 2020. I had circulated news about this case when it wasreported in the media.  


Now the Indian Express, dailynewspaper published from New Delhi, has carried a news item today (July 19,2020), citing an internal committee probe report, reconfirming the allegationsagainst a senior faculty for harassing a Dalit Woman Senior Resident Doctor oncaste lines. It remains to be seen if the AIIMS administration takes anymeaningful action in this case. It looks doubtful as it is the same Institutewhich has failed to implement Prof. Sukhadeo Committee Report &Recommendations from 2006/2007 onwards itself.


Do pass it on to others in yourcircle/network. 


SC-ST Cellprobe upholds AIIMS doctor’s bias charge against faculty

Somya Lakhani, Indian Express, July 19, 2020 



TheSC-ST Cell report notes that "there is sufficient evidence to show thatinappropriate remarks were made by the accused... this has been accepted by theaccused and further reinforced by the witnesses”. 




WhenWill India's Educational Institutes Have Their 'Dalit Lives Matter' Moment?

Deepak Malghan, Opinion, The Wire, July 02,2020 



Even as students atPrinceton force a debate around diversifying faculty and studentbodies, elite Indian institutions continue to be in a state of studied denialabout Brahmanical supremacy. 




OperationEklavya in Action at Premier Institutes 

Subhash Gatade, Opinion,NewsClick, May 07, 2020 



India is neglecting caste-based discrimination in highereducational institutions at its own peril. 




With Regards 

Umakant, Ph. D 

New Delhi 


My final words of advice to you are educate, agitate and organize; have faith in yourself. With justice on our side I do not see how we can lose our battle. The battle to me is a matter of joy. The battle is in the fullest sense spiritual. There is nothing material or social in it. For ours is a battle not for wealth or for power. It is battle for freedom. It is the battle of reclamation of human personality. 
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