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Why protests against UPSC CSAT have failed to gather steam

The protest is not well planned and not even the aspirants know what will be the next step.

Priyanka Rathi | IBNLive.compriyanka_rathi

Updated:August 1, 2014, 7:49 AM IST
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Why protests against UPSC CSAT have failed to gather steam
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New Delhi: Even though several Union Public Service Commission Civil Service aspirants have been protesting against the alleged bias against regional and rural background students in the Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) paper in the preliminary examination, the agitation after a few days of high has failed to make a mark. One of the prime reasons behind it is that the protest is not organised properly and not many people know about their fight.

The protest is not well planned and not even the aspirants know what will be the next step. Aspirants are fighting a tough battle against a very strong body by demanding the scrapping of Civil Service Aptitude Test but with no clear agenda.

The aspirants have put forth their demands but some are still trying to make it a linguistic fighting, English versus Hindi and regional languages.

Mukesh Yadav, one of the aspirants, blamed the government for changing its stance on Hindi. He said, "The government said that Hindi language will be given importance and work will be done in this language, then why is there a change in the stance."

The aspirants also became aggressive and violent several times to get their demands fulfilled which led to several people questioned their methods. A candle light march on Wednesday night turned ugly as they started pelting stones on police.

A senior police official on the condition of anonymity said, "There has been loss of property as one DTC bus and vehicles of the locals were damaged."

Aspirants have now lost the steam as they are not allowed to protest at Batra cinema complex in Delhi's Mukherjee Nagar or in nearby areas. Instead of building pressure on the government, they have now come under pressure.

Moreover, there is no one to lead the protest. Everyone who address the gathering at Mukherjee Nagar in the national capital becomes so aggressive that they have lost the plot now. One of the girl aspirants even went to the extent of saying that she will self-immolate if demands are not met.

Adding to the problems is that not everyone is willing to join the protest. Aspirants are being forced to join the protest by others in order to show solidarity. Coaching institutes are shut so that everyone can join the protest and support the cause.

Even though several MPs have raised the issue in Parliament but the protests have been confined to just Delhi and has not spread to other states and cities.

There are others who don't believe that the CSAT should be scrapped. One of the aspirants from Bihar who did not wish to reveal his identity said that the CSAT should not be scrapped.

He said, "The CSAT tests our skills which are necessary for a civil service aspirant. You need to have logical reasoning, linguistic, communicate skills and the paper tests that only. I won't open my mouth in front of anyone as I don't want to be beaten up."

Then there is another lot which is fascinated by cameras. They leave the protest midway and go where ever they see the media contingent and news channel cameras.

Lastly, some of them complained of no media coverage of the protest. "We have protesting for so many days but there has been no coverage of it," said Ruby Khan from Uttar Pradesh.

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