Saturday, February 19, 2011

Memories of Forestry Students Historic Strike in Karnataka

Memories of Forestry Students

Historic Strike in Karnataka

From 27th September 2010 till 25 January 2011, total 120 days they fought for Justice. During this long fight, they never went violent even on the single occasion. They had the vision of future and followed the non violent path of Mahatma Gandhi, with the firmness of Netaji Subhaschandra Bose.

They boycotted their classes, sat Dharana in front of their colleges, held processions, burnt the effigy of their on and not of others, staged Rasta rokho, wrote letters to Government, Ministers and Chief Minister not just on ink but also on their own blood and at last they reached State Capital Bangalore seeking justice held procession and staged day and night Dharana at Freedom Park which was the Central Jail earlier for about 15 days.

Media including TV Channels like TV 9, News 9, Suvarna, Samaya and Kasturi apart from papers like Prajavani, Vijaya Karnataka, Kannada Prabha, The Hindu, Times of India, Deccan Herald, Bangalore Mirror, DNA, Samyukta Karnataka, Udaya Vani, Sanjevani and others carried not only news but also articles after articles on their demand and strike. It this strike become talk of the town in entire Karnataka. Several public figures including Law Minister S. Suresh Kumar, Forest Minister C.H.Vijaya Shankara, Primary Education Minister Vishweshwar Hegade Kageri, C.M.Udasi, Ananth Hegade Ashisara, M.C. Naniah, Dr. Shankara Prasad and so on supported them.

One Siddalingegowda of Turuvekere even lodged a complaint to Human Rights Commission, on that basis Commission issued notices to concerned officials. At one stage even Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa wrote a letter to oficials directing them to find out the solution to the problem.

However at last with the intervention of Law Minister Suresh Kumar who had talks with the fighters and Forest Minister Vijaya Shankara, found the way  to solve the problem. Following the assurance by Forest Minister they withdrew their strike temporarily.

That was the Historic strike by students of Forestry Colleges of Sirsi and Ponnampet in Karnataka. They wanted to make the BSc (Forestry) the sole eligibility to the direct recrutment of the posts RFO and ACF. Forest Minister assured to give 70 percent of posts in RFO and agreed to give 70 persent of posts to Forestry graduetes in the newly created post of Dy.RFO.

Here is the glimpses of the strike in the video format with  the songs courtesy: Army Song of Netaji 'Kadam Kadam Badaye ja' Hum Honge Kamiyab and Happy Ending of Tees mar Khan with photos by Association of BSc Forestry Students and Forestry Graduates, compiled by students Madhu  Bhat and Anup Krishna Bhat.

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-Nethrakere Udaya Shankara