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[30 Apr 2010 | One Comment | 1,231 views]
2563 “NO”, 165 “Yes”: Students of JNU Vote Out the VC In a Historic Referendum !

A First ever referendum in JNU
On Tuesday, 20th April, as many as 2741 students of JNU cast their votes in a historic, first-of-a-kind referendum. The question posed before the student community was: Should the provisions of the JNU Act be amended so as to allow the VC to get a second term? The answer was a resounding ‘NO’, with 2563 students voting against a second term for the VC and a small minority of 165 voting in favour of extending his term.
Despite the fact that this was a busy period …

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[30 Apr 2010 | 2 Comments | 2,196 views]
Spying, Surveillance and Draconian Crackdown in AMU Once Again !

A series of extremely disturbing incidents over the past few months have revealed how the Aligarh Muslim University has been turned into a virtual police state.
Draconian Crackdown on Protesting Students
A couple of months back, some students of AMU started protesting against the rampant corruption and misappropriation of funds by the hostel administration in AMU. Not only had the quality of food deteriorated; the mess charges had also steeply increased by Rs 250 per month per student.  The students of one hostel (VM Hall) appealed to the AMU administration for permission …

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[29 Apr 2010 | One Comment | 1,777 views]
Adieu To Prof. Md. Hasan

AISA expresses its deep condolences over the demise of Prof. Mohammad Hasan on the night of 24th April at the age of 84. Prof. Hasan had not been keeping well for several months, and passed away in  hospital, where he was undergoing treatment. We stand by his bereaved family members in this hour of grief.
An eminent Urdu critic and playwright, Prof. Hasan was made Prof Emeritus in the Centre of Indian Languages after he retired from JNU. Despite his ill health, he was always accessible to the teachers and students …

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[29 Apr 2010 | 3 Comments | 2,035 views]
AISA and RYA protest against Operation Green Hunt in Kolkata

Activists of the All India Students’ Association (AISA) and Revolutionary Youth Association (RYA) organized a protest in Kolkata on Friday, 23rd April against Operation Green Hunt. More than five hundred students and youth attended the rally which was led and addressed by comrades Malay Tewari and Jul Mukherjee, State Secretary and Joint Secretary of AISA and Souvik Ghoshal and Apurba Ghosh, State President and Secretary of RYA.
Operation Green Hunt is underway today in the forested regions of Chhattisgarh, Orissa, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh, which are home to many …

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[22 Apr 2010 | 5 Comments | 1,717 views]
Speak

Speak, your lips are free.
Speak, it is your own tongue.
Speak, it is your own body.
Speak, your life is still yours.

See how in the blacksmith’s shop
The flame burns wild, the iron glows red;
The locks open their jaws,
And every chain begins to break.

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[13 Apr 2010 | One Comment | 2,034 views]
Declaration of Emergency in JNU overturned

The Declaration of Emergency in JNU overturned by Students’ Struggle to Uphold Freedom of Expression on Campus
Behind the ‘democratic’ and ‘liberal’ mask of the UPA regime is its true face — its authoritarian colors which stand in favour of nothing but corporate interests. In universities and academic institutions the UPA seeks professions of loyalty rather academic quality. They speak of academic ‘excellence’ and ‘merit’; they speak of ‘world class’ universities. But what they actually want is that universities should become enclaves for the wealthy or else institutes preparing semi-skilled workers …

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[10 Apr 2010 | One Comment | 1,263 views]

The recent killing of 75 CRPF jawans in Dantewada, Chhattisgarh is unfortunate and deplorable as  the CRPF jawans haling from poor and common families were merely used as cannon-fodder in the state’s despicable game of furthering corporate interests. It must be emphasized that this incident is the result of the militaristic approach of the state to the growing opposition and resistance to displacement and corporate land grab.
AISA has always opposed Maoist tactics of mindless killings and violence, and the military offensive of the state justified in the name of ‘containing …

National Issues »

[10 Apr 2010 | 3 Comments | 2,904 views]
Laxamanpur Bathe Massacre of 1997 : Justice After 13 years

13 years ago, the brutal cold-blooded massacre of 61 Dalits – including 27 women (8 of them pregnant) and 17 children (the youngest being 1 year old) – at Laxmanpur-Bathe of Jehanabad on the night of 1 December shook the conscience of the nation in the 50th year of Indian independence. The victims were murdered by men of the Ranvir Sena – an upper caste landlord army which enjoys the political backing of the BJP as well as support from a section of the RJD. 13 years after this gruesome …

National Issues »

[10 Apr 2010 | 5 Comments | 1,315 views]
Investigate the Unfortunate and Suspicious Death of Prof. Siras.

AISA expresses condolences over the shocking and tragic death of Dr Srinivas Ramachandra Siras, Reader and Chair of Modern Indian Languages at Aligarh Muslim University. According to reports, Dr. Siras’ body was found “in mysterious circumstances” with bleeding from the mouth in his home in Aligarh.
Dr Siras, as is known, had recently fought against his unlawful and unethical suspension from AMU on the grounds of “gross indecency”. After decades of teaching, he was suspended merely a few months before his retirement on the basis of videotapes filmed by intruders into …

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[3 Apr 2010 | 3 Comments | 1,570 views]
Resist UPA’s Foreign Universities Bill !

Defend Sovereignty, Social Justice And Inclusion in Higher Education!
The Foreign Educational Institution (Regulation of Entry and Operation) Bill 2010 was recently cleared by the Union Cabinet presided over by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. This is a bill with dangerous implications, for it allows foreign educational providers to set up campuses in India and offer degrees. The UPA will in all likelihood get it ratified, as it is on its way to being tabled before both houses of the Parliament.
Behind The Smokescreen of ‘Choice’, ‘Competition’ and ‘Quality’
The Minister for Human Resources …