Saturday, August 13, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Tribals in J&K demand ban on Aarakshan

Tribals in J&K demand ban on Aarakshan
Published: Saturday, Aug 13, 2011, 8:30 IST
By DNA Correspondent | Place: Srinagar | Agency: DNA

Tribal Gujjars have started mounting pressure on the Omar Abdullah-led
government to ban the screening of Parkash Jha's Aarakshanin Jammu and

Tribal Research and Cultural Foundation -main organisation of
Scheduled Tribe - Gujjars and other marginalised groupson Friday
demanded immediate ban on the screening of film in the state as it
hurts the sentiments ofbackward and suppressed sections of society.

"A team of our organisation who viewed the film todayhas decided to
oppose the screening ofcontroversial movie in sensitive state like
J&K. Some continents of the movie hurt our souls,hearts and minds"
said Javaid Rahi, secretary of Tribal Foundation, in a statement.

Rahi noted that the reservationis neither a charity nor an aidtothe
weaker sections of societies.

"The concept of reservation was based on proportion of total
population of a suppressed community fall under a particular
categorywhereby a percentage of posts are reserved in admission,
employment, promotion,assemblies and Parliament," said Dr Rahi

"The objective ofthe reservationis to mitigate backwardness of the
socially and educationally backward communities includingScheduled
Castes and Tribes who do not have adequate representation in these
services and institutions but this part is missing in the film".

Rahi said scheduled tribe, scheduled caste and other backward class
(ST/SC/OBC) constitute a substantial chunk of J&K's population and
therefore thegovernment should respect our sentiments and ban
screening ofAarakshan in the state.

"Since three Indian states have banned the film based on the
controversial issue of reservation / quotas for low-caste people, J&K
government should take action on priority. Tribal Foundation demand
immediate ban asthis is in public interest, taking into account
certain objectionable dialogues and scenes that are against dalits and
suppressed classes," said Rahi


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