“Many elements have entered into anti-quota movement”
Professor Dr Mizanur Rahman, Vice Chancellor of Jagannath University: I do not wish to term it as a quota reform movement. Rather, this movement is to reform freedom fighters’ quota all along. The supporters of this movement erroneously think that the freedom fighters are grabbing all the quotas. Nobody has written anything about reforming any other quota.
Of the total people graduated in the country annually, only 3.6 percent people can join government services. The government jobs have now become lucrative. This is not because of the benefits involved with the jobs but for the power.
An SP or a DC can hold sway over people and therefore the meritorious now want to join the government jobs. Apart from that, the government services are no longer lucrative.
The country produce thousands of graduates every year and three lakh people can fill up all the government posts. The movement will gain traction if is waged for creating employment opportunities more.
Phone calls came from London to stand by the movement as it was done previously like during the movement of Hefazat-e-Islam.
Assaulters on the teachers and students, however, should face trial as I did at Jagannath University.
The Gonojagoron Mancha (a platform set up demanding the highest penalty for war criminals) is one of the biggest movements in the post-Independence period. At one stage, I demanded the platform should stop but some people dragged it on. Later on, the platform split into many groups. The anti-quota movement is too going in the same direction and many elements have entered into it.
Based on an interview by Mehedi Hasan.
Translated by Hossen Sohel