AICSU to stage protest against racial discrimination  

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HT Correspondent

NEW DELHI, Aug 5: The All India Chakma Students’ Union (AICSU), the apex body of Chakma students in India, will stage a sit-in-protest against the racial discrimination against Chakma minorities in Mizoram, the latest example being cancellation of MBBS seats after allotment made to four Chakma students who cleared the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET)-2017.

The four Chakma students secured rank 4, 9, 17 and 23 in Mizoram NEET ranking and have been allotted MBBS seats during counselling on July 20 but cancelled within hours due to pressure from the Mizo Zirlai Pawl (Mizo Students Association) who demands that the medical seats should be allotted to Mizo students only.

The cancellation of MBBS seats of four Chakma students and discrimination against the Chakmas by the Mizoram government was raised during the ongoing Parliament session by Rajya Sabha MP Basawaraj Patil on July 31.

In protest against the selection of the Chakma students, the MZP called a bandh in the state on July 21 which forced the officials to hold talks with the Mizo students’ body.

MZP has put off its proposed indefinite bandh after reaching an agreement with the state government that no Chakma students would be admitted in medical colleges under Mizoram quota.” The New Indian Express and other newspapers also reported it.

Following the said agreement with the MZP, the Higher and Technical Education Department of Mizoram issued an ‘order’ in the evening of July 20 calling for re-counselling of the students whose counselling was already completed in all respects on July 20 except the 11 Mizo students who were asked to take admission immediately in three medical colleges – RIMS (7 seats), NEIHGRIMS (3 seats) and Dibrugarh (1 seat).

By calling for re-counselling the state government has put the lives and liberties of the Chakma students and their guardians at highest risks. The MZP’s violent protests on July 20 should be taken serious note of. In 2015, the MZP activists beat up Chakma students during counselling for medical and engineering diploma courses at the office of the higher and technical education department. Kindly find attached reporting about the physical attacks by MZP on Chakma students as Annexure V.

So far, no re-counselling notification has been received by the Chakma students.

The Chakmas are scheduled tribes just like the Mizos under the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order of 1950. There is no ground whatsoever for discrimination among the STs. The demand of  Mizo NGOs to reserve all MBBS seats for Mizos only and to deny any medical seat to the NEET qualified Chakmas is antithetical to the Constitution of India and the action of the Mizoram government to discriminate against the Chakma students on the basis of ethnicity is a direct assault on the Indian Constitution and the idea of India.

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