In what comes across as a case of racial profiling, a government college in Mandsaur, Madhya Pradesh has come under attack for distributing bags which say “SC/ ST scheme” to students.
About 250 of the 600 undergraduate and post-graduate SC/ST students of Rajiv Gandhi Government PG College in Mandsaur have received these bags, which contained a calculator, pen and notebooks.
The controversy around this step began after pictures were circulated on social media and when contacted, principal BR Nalvaya said, “What’s wrong if it is spelled out clearly, because the bags were distributed under a welfare scheme… If some people don’t like it, I will get the words erased… In any case, it was the supplier who wrote it on the bags.”
The principal, who took charge recently, said the distribution of bags began in August. He said he would ensure that the words are erased from the remaining bags before they are distributed.
“The distribution of bags that indicate caste is shameful. It reflects the anti-Dalit and anti-tribal mindset of the RSS-backed government in Madhya Pradesh,’’ tweeted PCC chief Arun Yadav on Wednesday.
“It’s atrocious and cannot be tolerated. It amounts to profiling,’’ said Meenakshi Natarajan, former Congress MP from Mandsaur. She said she would lead a protest on Thursday.