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[29 Mar 2010 | No Comment | 948 views]
AISA Condoles the Tragic Death of Kanu Sanyal

On 23 March, Kanu Sanyal, one of the senior founding leaders of the CPI(ML) movement and architect of Naxalbari uprising of 1967, met a tragic and painful end.
Kanu Sanyal was a key organizer of the Naxalbari movement, and it was he who made the first public announcement of the formation of CPI(ML) at the historic mass meeting in Kolkata on May 1, 1969. He was jailed for several years for his involvement in the movement.
His political opinions underwent a change after the massive crackdown by the State and the subsequent …

Ongoing Struggles »

[29 Mar 2010 | 6 Comments | 6,294 views]
Observe 1st April 2010 as a Black Day Against the Operationalization of the Right to Education Bill and Moves to Implement the Foreign Universities Bill!

Struggle Against the UPA’s moves to Commercialize and Corporatize Education!
A well-known poem by Rabindranath Tagore spoke of a country “Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high/ Where knowledge is free…” These words ring hollow when we consider the education policy that is being implemented in India today.
On 1st April, the Right to Education Bill will become a law. In its true sense, a genuine ‘Right to Education’ should mean that all children upto the age of 14 are entitled to nutrition, healthcare, safety, and education …

National Issues »

[29 Mar 2010 | 5 Comments | 2,256 views]
Hundreds Of Student’s And Youth Rally Against Operation Green Hunt And Corporate Loot In Jharkhand

We want an end to Greenhunt, Corruption and Corporate Loot!
We want Education and Employment!
Hundreds of students from AISA and comrades from the Revolutionary Youth Association (RYA) from across six districts marched from Jhanda Maidan to Tower Chowk in Giridih, Jharkhand on 11th March to protest against Operation Greenhunt, blatant corruption and corporate loot in the state. The march culminated in a mass meeting addressed by AISA’s National Vice President Aslam, AISA’s Jharkhand Convenor Hemlal Mahto, RYA State Vice President Rameshwar Chowdhury and CPI(ML) leaders Rajesh Yadav and Parameshwar Mahto amongst …

Ongoing Struggles »

[23 Mar 2010 | 3 Comments | 4,176 views]
Significant Advances in AISA’s Struggle for Ensuring Social Justice in JNU !

In 1992, the Supreme Court of India delivered a landmark judgment in the case of Indira Sawhney vs. the Union of India. We know this as the matter of the Mandal Recommendations. In its judgement, the apex court emphasized the role of caste as an institution in Indian society, its structural violence and discriminatory character, and argued that in the struggle to overcome caste special provisions like reservations had an important role to play.
The passing of a law favouring …

National Issues »

[23 Mar 2010 | No Comment | 2,277 views]
Batla House ‘Encounter’ : Post Mortem Reports of Atif and Sajid  Call the Bluff of Delhi Police and NHRC! Institute Judicial Probe into the Batla House ‘Encounter’ Immediately!!

The NHRC has finally released the documents which formed the basis of its conclusion that the Batla House ‘encounter’ was genuine. The post mortem reports of the slain young men, Atif Ameen and Md. Sajid have been made public for the first time. So far, the Delhi Police and AIIMS (which conducted the post mortem) had declined to  provide this information.
It should be noted that when the RTI was filed the first time by RTI activist and Jamia student Afroze Alam Sahil, a few days after the ‘encounter’, there …

In Solidarity »

[19 Mar 2010 | 2 Comments | 3,657 views]
AISA team visits Azamgarh;  Reiterates demand for Judicial Probe into ‘encounter’ in light of the Post mortem reports of Atif and Sajid

A three member team from AISA Jamia and Allahabad University visited Azamgarh on 16th and 17th March 2010 in order to ascertain the facts behind the recent spate of arrests of alleged members of Indian Mujahideen. The Delhi police and the UP ATS have alleged that the arrested youth, Shahzad and Salman, were involved in the various bombings across Indian cities since 2007. It may be recalled that Azamgarh has been stigmatized as an epicenter of terror ever since scores of its youth were arrested in the aftermath of the …

Ongoing Struggles »

[16 Mar 2010 | 4 Comments | 1,542 views]

On 8th March, Kapil Sibal, Minister for Human Resources Development, visited Benares Hindu University as the Chief Guest of the ‘Deeksha Samaroh’ function. While the university officials and administration were engaged in praising Sibal and seeking favours, AISA activists raised their protest against his policies which are part of the neo-liberal agenda for education.
While raising their demands against the Right to Education bill in its present form and demanding the restitution of campus democracy in BHU, thirty AISA activists were detained by the police. In a campus like BHU, the …

National Issues »

[11 Mar 2010 | No Comment | 1,651 views]
Silencing Women: Patriarchal Violence and the Struggles of women

Even after you’ve tied the chains of domesticity,
Shame and modesty around my feet
Even after you’ve paralyzed me
This fear will not leave you
That even though I can’t walk
I can still think
–Kishwar Nahid
In the Centenary year of International Women’s Day, as we celebrate the courage of women, as we raise their concerns and celebrate their struggles, we need to also unitedly resist the tremendous violence that is perpetuated against women.
As women’s movements grow in scope and scale, and as women assert their voices, the backlash by patriarchal society is even greater and …

National Issues »

[6 Mar 2010 | No Comment | 667 views]
Husain Exiled: Fascist Threats, Freedom of Expression and Indian Democracy

“In India, a new Puritanism is being carried out in the name of cultural purity and a host of ignorant people are vandalizing art and pushing us towards a pre-renaissance era,” — Delhi High Court while quashing all charges against M.F. Husain in its 8th May 2008 judgment.
Maqbool Fida Husain is one of India’s most noted painters. But he is known today for all the wrong reasons. In 1996, at the age of 81, he became the centre of attacks by the Hindu fascist forces, who took issue with his …

National Issues »

[2 Mar 2010 | No Comment | 2,087 views]
Budget 2010: Promoting Inflation and Putting the Burden on the Aam Aadmi

UPA-II’s Union Budget 2010 does nothing to rein in runaway inflation – rather, it proposes to promote inflation and make sure that the lion’s share of the burden of inflation is disproportionately borne by the poor and working people. Meanwhile, the ‘Sensex salute’ that followed the Budget announcement is a testimonial tribute to the Budget’s policy of promoting privatisation and continuing with generous tax sops to the corporate sector.
While announcing a hike of more than Rs. 2.50 per litre of petrol and diesel, the FM also indicated that proposals made …