The de-recognition of a student body, ‘Ambedkar-Periyar Study Circle,’ at IIT-Madras by its management has turned into a big inter-party conflict going beyond the campus. Its echo is heard on the streets of the capital and in other metropolitan cities. Fortunately, Parliament is not in session as it would provide yet another chance to the opposition to stall proceedings.
Two big issues are hidden in this episode – one is political rivalry consequent to the big change that has taken place in national politics, and the other is the simmering discontent surrounding the politics of reservation ready to burst at a short notice. The ban has not clipped the wings of the student body. Instead, it has encouraged more such student organisations to the embarrassment of the management.