“Some castes are genetically malnourished and so very little can be achieved in raising them up; and if they are, it would be undoing excellence and merit.”
—Prof B.N. Mallick, Dept of Life Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, at the March 31 academic council meeting on reservations in the faculty
This learned professor would have continued to offer his warped genetic theories had his comment not been greeted with protests from other JNU academicians. Prof Kamal A. Mitra Chenoy of the School of International Studies requested him to pipe down. Other academicians persuaded vice-chancellor B.B. Bhattacharya, who was presiding over the meeting, to stop Mallick from speaking.
Clearly, there is much heartburn, fissure, and even open defiance in the faculty over the constitutional provision mandating 22.5 per cent reservation at the professor and associate professor level for the scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and the physically handicapped. In fact, the pro- and anti-quota...