- Ask UGC to implement a caste sensitization curriculum
- Mandated building of Bahujan friendly student forums
TW: The following content contains mentions of casteism
On the 6th of February, 2023, Jain Deemed to be University hosted its college fest Samyog- Jain University Youth Fest. One of the events held under Samyog was Mad Ads- an event to advertise imaginary products along the lines of humor along with playfully making fun of other colleges participating in the same.
During their performance, the college contingent Jain University, CMS put forward an incredibly casteist and insensitive skit. It's unacceptable that the script for the performance went through multiple rounds of approval before being enacted on stage. The same insensitive script was enacted on 5th February by the same contingent at another college fest, sponsored by Under25 in Bengaluru.
As proud citizens of India, we must recognize the immense contributions of leaders like BR Ambedkar towards shaping a just and inclusive society. Ambedkar's tireless efforts to eradicate social and economic discrimination, and his relentless pursuit of equity for all, have made him a national hero and an inspiration to millions.
In light of this, it is extremely concerning to see instances of casteist and insensitive behavior perpetuated by Under25 and Jain University, CMS. We demand that they publicly apologize for their actions and take concrete steps to educate themselves and others on the importance of inclusivity and sensitivity towards marginalized communities. The promotion of harmful and offensive content has no place in any educational or public platform, and goes against the ideals that Ambedkar and others have fought so hard to uphold. We must all strive to create a more just and equal society, one that honors the legacy of leaders like BR Ambedkar and continues their mission of progress and equality for all.
Note: This campaign has been started by students who attended the festival. It is now being run by Aakshay Bansode