Articles Archive for October 2015
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Reject UGC’s Dubious Logic of ‘Merit’ !
Rights Cannot Be Withdrawn! Struggles Cannot Be Detained!
Voices Cannot Be Silenced!
#SaveNonNETfellowship movement continues braving ABVP’s lumpenism, day long detention at Bhalsava Police Station and police lathi-charge on protesting students!
The movement, that has already assumed an all India form with students across states and universities now coming out on streets, will continue till the government is forced to revoke its anti-student move!
It is extremely shameful that the government is using the goon strength of ABVP to mislead the student community by creating consistent …
Campaign, Featured, Ongoing Struggles »
Hundreds of Students from JNU, DU and Jamia occupy the premises of UGC demanding immediate revocation of the decision to discontinue the UGC Non NET Fellowship. The UGC Non-NET fellowship which was started in 2008 to encourage research in the universities has proved to be a life line for researchers who do not have access to other scholarships. It has encouraged students from different backgrounds to continue their research and what is required is to increase the amount from the paltry sum of 5000 for M.Phil students and 8000 for …
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In a meeting held this month, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has decided to completely withdraw the UGC non-NET Rs 5000/8000 fellowships. The minutes of a UGC meeting held on 7 October clearly says: “Considered and resolved to discontinue the scheme [non-NET fellowship scheme]. However, the students who are already getting the non-NET fellowship will continue to do so as per existing guidelines” (section 4.01 of the minutes).
This blatant withdrawal of an essential sustenance-level financial assistance, which enables research scholars across the country to pursue higher education, must be stiffly …
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Rise up against the Ruthless Killings, Torture and Harassment of Workers and Systemic Attack on Trade Unions throughout the Country!!
Strung up by his legs and hands from the ceiling, upside down, and brutally beaten with an iron rod, a migrant factory worker was killed in the Focal Point Area of Amritsar by the henchmen of the factory owner last Thursday evening. The worker, hailing from Nepal and a previous resident of Bihar, was falsely accused of theft by the factory owner and taken away by his henchmen on the pretext …
Saffron Brigade Bares Its Fangs Again!
In yet another instance of jingoism and fascist vandalism, the Shiv Sena in Maharashtra has forced the organisers to cancel the Mumbai concert of well-known Pakistani gazal singer Ghulam Ali. A few months ago, the Shiv Sena had opposed Pakistani singer Atif Aslam’s concert in Pune, which then had to be cancelled after their opposition. We condemn this blatant display of fascist muscle flexing.
According to the Shiv Sena, inviting any Pakistani singer is an “insult” to all citizens of India. However, as we well know, this …
On 4th October, 2015 acclaimed writer Nayantara Sahgal announced that she would be returning the Sahitya Akademi Award she won in 1986 for her novel Rich Like Us. Her bold step is a protest against the increasing attacks on the right to dissent in India.
Here is the text of her statement.
“In a recent lecture, India’s Vice-President, Dr. Hamid Ansari, found it necessary to remind us that India’s Constitution promises all Indians ‘liberty of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship’. The right to dissent is an integral part of this Constitutional …
A few months back, the country witnessed a popular outpouring in favour of Net Neutrality, with thousands of citizens signing petitions and sharing campaign videos online. Net Neutrality– the principle that all Internet services, websites, applications, etc. be made available to Internet users by Internet service providers, without favouring or blocking any particular service– really caught the imagination of Internet users in India who collectively rose up to oppose a ‘document’ released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) which suggested different pricing for voice calls over the Internet. …
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22-year old young Muslim man is lying in hospital, brutally beaten up by a bloodthirsty mob. His 52-year old father is dead. Killed, bashed to death with bricks, by the same mob. Their ‘crime’? The ‘mob’ claimed they had killed a cow and eaten beef. Rumors flew, an announcement was made a local temple, and the mob indulged in a bloodthirsty mayhem! At whose instructions did the ‘mob’ get organised?
A few days back, Prime Minister Modi informed us that the “most fundamental debate” for youth in India was the choice …
Save Education, Save the Country!
Defeat Imperialist Diktats of Global Capital and WTO!
Education Is Not For Sale – A Campus Is Not A Jail!
Schools and Universities For People – Not For Profits!
Don’t Let Modi Govt Trade Away Our Education, Our Country!
In December 2015, at the Xth World Trade Organisation (WTO) Ministerial Conference, the Indian Government is all set to accept “binding commitments” to make India’s higher education a tradable commodity. Such “commitments” at WTO will erode our sovereign decision making powers in education. The Govt will be forced to act as …