It is now five days that thousands of students are protesting at SSC Head Quarters in Delhi against paper leak and corruptions in SSC CGL (Combined Graduate Level) tier 2 exams jeld between 17th to 22nd February, 2018. Continue reading
Our coming generations will ask us for an answer, they will ask us, where were you when new social forces were being unleashed, where were you when people who live and die every moment, every day strived for their rights, where were you when there was an assertion of the marginalized voices of the society. They will seek an answer from all of us…
– Comrade Chandrashekhar
Comrade Chandrashekhar, two times JNUSU President, sought these answers through struggles. The struggles that made JNU as one of the most inclusive universities in the country. The struggles that stand tall in their commitment to the future generations and marginal voices. Continue reading
AISA organised poetry march in Delhi university and Jamia Millia Islamia against the atmosphere of hate and mob violence that the ruling class is trying to form within India. Upholding the spirit of harmony and unity, AISA conducted these events against the mob violence of ABVP, student wing of RSS, within universities. Continue reading
उत्तर प्रदेश में तेज़ी से बढ़ती बलात्कार व लूट-मार की घटनाओं पर लगाम लगाने, दिनों-दिन बढ़ती सांप्रदायिक-जातीय हिंसा के दोषियों के खिलाफ सख्त कार्यवाही करने, भीम आर्मी के चीफ चंद्रशेखर आज़ाद को अविलंब रिहा करने, योगी आदित्यनाथ का विरोध करने वाले लखनऊ विश्वविद्यालय के विद्यार्थियों पर थोपे गए फर्ज़ी मुकदमे खारिज करने, शिक्षा का बजट कम करने के फैसले को वापस ले कर हर विद्यार्थी के लिए गुणवत्तायुक्त नि:शुल्क शिक्षा उपलब्ध करवाने तथा भर्तियों पर लगी रोक हटा कर हर बेरोजगार हेतु सम्मानजनक रोजगार उपलब्ध करवाने जैसी माँगों के साथ लखनऊ विश्वविद्यालय से विधानसभा तक मार्च निकालने के इरादे से यूपी के तमाम जिलों से जुटे आइसा और इंकलाबी नौजवान सभा से जुड़े सैंकड़ों छात्रों-नौजवानों से योगी सरकार इतना डर गई कि मार्च शुरु करते ही पुलिस ने सैंकड़ों कार्यकर्ताओं को गिरफ्तार कर लिया, जहाँ से उन्हें बसों में बैठा कर पुलिस लाइन ले जाया गया।
In Delhi during the protest, the additional Secretary of UGC Ms. Pankaj Mittal had to come out and talk to the students. She could not give any concrete assurance and only fueled further confusion. The students have given one week’s time to the UGC for coming out with a clear notification on the status of bi-annual NET, restrictive cap and number of JRFs. If the UGC does not clarify its position within one week, our movement will intensify!
AISA protested against the UGC and MHRD for reducing the scope of NET-JRF examination drastically by holding the NET exam once instead of twice a year and reducing the number of students qualifying NET from present 15% to a meagre 6%. AISA held protest demonstrations in different Indian cities namely Patiala, Chandigarh, Delhi, Allahabad, Lucknow, Ara, Darbhanga and Kolkata.
Today AISA protested in front of UGC head office in New Delhi. AISA demanded that the chairperson of UGC should come and talk with the student directly. Delhi police threatened the protestors as per their usual style. But the protestors held their ground. It forced UGC to send an additional secretary to come and talk with protestors. The questions that are asked to the UGC representative are
a) What happened to the June-July NET exam?
b) Why do the number of NET qualifying students being decreased from 15% to 6 % ?
c) Why did the UGC take the decisions without a proper notification?
d) Do the number of JRFs also being decreased?
The additional secretary quite naively told that June-July NET exam will happen but it is being postponed slightly.It is in common knowledge that notification for November exam is already out. The second question is answerd in a vague manner where she claimed in effect number of NET qualifying students will increase. She told that the issue of conduction of exams are not being discussed with UGC and it is under the purview of MHRD and CBSE. She told that no final decision has been taken on conduction of bi-annual NET examination. See the video here.
AISA demanded that a proper notification should be published on the UGC website clarifying the confusions around bi-annual NET and the 6% cap within 1 week. AISA resolved to go on a bigger agitation after looking into UGC’s clarification.
See Also: Letter of AISA activist Nitin from jail.
‘हमारे आदर्श भगत सिंह और चंदू हैं, सावरकर नहीं, जो जेल के भय से माफ़ीनामा लिखकर छूटे’
उत्तर प्रदेश की राजधानी लखनऊ में पिछली 7 जून को मुख्यमंत्री योगी आदित्यनाथ के खिलाफ आइसा समेत कई संगठनों के छात्रों ने विरोध-प्रदर्शन किया था। इस मौके पर एक दर्जन से ज्यादा छात्रों और उनके नेताओं को गिरफ्तार कर लिया गया था। गिरफ्तारी के बाद इन सब पर गंभीर आपराधिक धाराएं लगा दी गयी थीं। निचली अदालत से जमानत खारिज होने के बाद तकरीबन तीन हफ्ते बाद इन नेताओं को ऊपरी अदालत से जमानत मिल पायी। लेकिन अभी भी आइसा के एक नेता नितिन राज को जमानत नहीं मिल सकी है। बताया जा रहा है कि इसके पीछे वजह पुलिस द्वारा मांगी गई घूस का न दिया जाना है। बाकी साथियों की रिहाई के बाद जेल में अकेले बंद नितिन राज ने एक पत्र जारी किया है। पेश है नितिन का पत्र।)
आज शायद भारतीय छात्र आन्दोलन अपने इतिहास के सबसे दमनात्मक दौर से गुजर रहा है, जहाँ छात्रों को अपनी लोकतान्त्रिक माँगों को लेकर की गई छात्र आन्दोलन की सामान्य कार्यवाही के लिए भी राजसत्ता के इशारे पर महीनों के लिए जेल में डाल दिया जा रहा है। छात्र आन्दोलन से घबराई योगी सरकार, जो कि इसे किसी भी शर्त पर कुचल देना चाहती है, हमें इतने दिनों तक जेल में रख कर हमारे मनोबल को तोड़ने की कोशिश कर रही है। लेकिन हम क्रान्तिकारी परम्परा के वाहक हैं हमारे आदर्श भगतसिंह और चंदू हैं, सावरकर नहीं, जो जेल के भय से माफ़ीनामा लिखकर छूटे और अंग्रेजों की दलाली में लग गए। हमें अगर और दिनों तक जेल में रहना पड़ा तब भी हम कमजोर पड़ने वाले नहीं हैं।
कल जब हमारे साथ के सभी आन्दोलनकारी साथियों की रिहाई हो गई और मेरी नहीं हुई तो पहले कुछ कष्ट हुआ लेकिन जब से पता चला कि मेरी रिहाई BKT थाने में हमारे साथियों द्वारा रिश्वत देने से इंकार करने के चलते रुकी है तब मुझे जानकर ख़ुशी हुई। यदि रिश्वत देकर मेरी रिहाई कल हो गई होती तो मैं छूट तो जाता परन्तु वो भ्रष्टाचार के खिलाफ आन्दोलन, जिसके चलते मैं जेल में आया, शायद हार जाता। जो कि इस आन्दोलन की मुख्य अंतर्वस्तु को ही भटका देता। मुझे गर्व है कि मैं भ्रष्टाचार के खिलाफ सही मायने में लड़ रहा हूँ और अपने सिद्धांतों के साथ खड़ा हूँ भले ही मुझे इसके लिए अधिक दिनों तक जेल में क्यों न रहना पड़ रहा हो। जेल में मैं बस हमारे प्रिय छात्रनेता चंद्रशेखर प्रसाद (चंदू) के शब्दों में “ यह मेरी व्यक्तिगत महत्वाकांक्षा है कि मैं चे ग्वेरा की तरह जियूँ और भगतसिंह की तरह मरूं”, को याद करके खुद को राजसत्ता के दमन से ज्यादा मजबूत पाता हूँ और लड़ने की एक नई ऊर्जा प्राप्त करता हूँ।
आज पूरे देश में जिस तरीके से कार्पोरेट फासीवादी ताकतों की सत्ता स्थापित है उसमें लगातार दलितों, अल्पसंख्यकों, महिलाओं व अन्य वंचित तबकों पर हमले बढ़ रहे हैं। पूरे देश में एक ऐसी भीड़ पैदा की जा रही है जो सिर्फ अफवाह के चलते किसी की भी हत्या कर दे रही है। हमारे किसान जब अपने अधिकारों की मांग करते हैं तो उन्हें गोली से उड़ा दिया जा रहा है। अगर छात्र-नौजवान शिक्षा और रोजगार की बात करता है तो उसे जेल में ठूंस दिया जा रहा है, जो भी सरकार पर सवाल उठाता है उसे देशद्रोही करार दे दिया जाता है। इस भयानक दौर में मैं देश के सभी छात्र नौजवानों से अपील करता हूँ कि भगत सिंह के क्रांतिकारी विचारों से प्रेरणा लेते हुए समाज के सभी उत्पीड़ित तबकों को गोलबंद कर इन जनविरोधी, लोकतंत्र विरोधी सरकारों को उखाड़ फेंकने की जिम्मेदारी लें। ये काम सिर्फ छात्र-नौजवान ही कर सकते हैं।
अंत में मैं फिर इन सरकारों से कहना चाहता हूँ कि तुम्हारा कोई भी दमन और तुम्हारे भ्रष्टतंत्र की कोई भी बेशर्मी और बेहयाई क्रांतिकारी नौजवानों के मंसूबों को तोड़ नहीं सकती।
इंकलाब जिंदाबाद !! नितिन राज
दिनांक-02.07.2017 नेता, आइसा
जिला कारागार, लखनऊ
Source : Janchowk
In an extremely shameful manner, the JNU administration continuing its history of targeting the JNUSU office bearers and the students’ activists, issued an extremely abhorrent notice to the JNUSU President and Joint Secretary on late evening of 21st June 2017. The notice shockingly mentions “Mr. Mohit Pandey/Tabrez Hasan is here by suspended from participating in all Statutory Bodies and Committees of the University with immediate effect until the final outcome of the Proctorial Enquiry Committee.”
The JNUSU condemns, in the strongest term possible, sheer targeting of a student representatives by the JNU administration. The manner in which a student representatives has been barred from attending important meetings that decide matters concerning students exposes the real intention of the administration. True to its dark history, the JNU administration under the leadership of Mr. M. Jagadesh Kumar yet again attempted to silence the critical voices where tough and uncomfortable questions were raised by the students’ representatives in the 143rdAcademic Council meeting. Besides, it is distressful to witness how the administration is shielding the act of physical abuse and threats by a handful of its loyal faculty members by criminalising the student representatives.
trampling Upon AC Functioning by the VC and His Cohorts-Imposing Seat-Cut Through means most foul.
We would like to highlight once again the sequence of events that took place in 143rd AC held on 16thJune 2017. The VC opened the meeting by announcing the minutes of 142nd AC to be ‘confirmed’. He not only insulted the members of AC, but also showed the audacity to announce unapproved minutes as ‘confirmed’. Despite a long five hour meeting on 5th May 2017 AC which has taken a position categorically stating the forgery of 142nd AC’s minutes and thereby mandated to incorporate amendments into the minutes, the VC unilaterally declared the ‘minutes’ to be “passed” on 16thJune 2017, without any change. While the JNUSU representatives and a vast majority of faculty collective continuously requested the Chair (the VC) to record the note of dissent, the VC and the Registrar went on reading agenda items, thereby declaring all agenda items as ‘passed’ without letting any member except their cohorts speak.
Let us recall the most crucial issues in the AC ‘minutes’ pertained to the massive seat-cut inflicted in M.Phil./Ph.D. admissions which majority members in the AC were opposed to, but the VC and his team were hell bent to show ‘approval’ of AC by hook or crook.
The JNUSU representatives and some faculty members kept insisting their legitimate concerns and objections against this open trampling of AC procedures by the VC chairing the meeting.
However, the script was ready on the part of administration as some of its chosen teachers were prepared to physically charge the faculty members and JNUSU representatives when we raised our objections.
In an extremely shameful and objectionable manner when two faculty members Ashwini Mahapatra and Atul Johri physically charged JNUSU representatives (a video of which is already in the public domain) in presence of the Chair, VC and the Registrar (Secretary of AC) chose to threaten the student representatives instead of bringing an order in the house. This disruption in AC and threatening by two faculty members were not only put under the carpet by the administration, but also, measures were taken by the VC to shield them by criminalising JNUSU’s President and Joint Secretary.
Indeed, the ‘adjourned’ session of the 143rd AC meeting held on 16 June will go down in JNU’s history as the darkest episode, where VC trampled upon all norms of democratic norms of conduct of an august body like AC, where manhandling and abusive behaviour by some teachers loyal to the VC were unleashed on teacher and student members on the floor of the AC to silence differing opinions, with the sole purpose of imposing the grossly anti-student seat-cut agenda at all cost. The meeting saw some dangerous trends – (a) VC thoroughly misused his Chair where he kept reading out his agenda as ‘passed’ without allowing any discussion to take place, (b) VC even refused to record the dissent of the students and teachers which have already been submitted even in writing, (c) teachers who are not official members of the AC and who were not ‘invitees’ even in the original part of the 143 AC meeting of 5 May, but who flaunt their political pro VC loyalties, were ‘invited’ during the adjourned session of the 143rd AC Meeting only to orchestrate hooliganism and intimidate members inside the AC.
We have been witnessing that the voices of dissent are curtailed across campuses and in different states protests are being silenced.With the BJP-led government enjoying its majority in the parliament, continuous attacks are being unleashed on students, activists and people from the margins. Following the trend, concerted attacks are happening on universities where attempts are being made to destroy democratic institutions and targeting of student activists.
The JNUSU categorically states that such attempts will be thoroughly resisted and we will not be cowed down with such criminalization by the administration.
We assert our position that any undemocratic and authoritarian move by JNU administration and its attempt to impose anti-student policies will be resisted in all manners.
Mohit K. Pandey, President
Amal P.P., Vice-President
Satarupa Chakraborty, General Secretary
Tabrez Hassan, Joint Secretary
Since the day the Supreme Court ordered that liquor shops be shifted at least 500 metres away from highways, a state-wide anti-liquor movement has intensified in Uttarakhand. For a long time, women in Uttarakhand have been conducting a movement against state-encouraged alcoholism. However, instead from responding to the demands of women, the successive Congress and BJP governments in Uttarakhand, have only ensured that liquor shops are set up even in those remote areas where even water supply is yet to be properly ensured. Post the Supreme Court order, the anti-liquor movement has gained momentum to the effect that liquor distribution is becoming increasingly difficult. Unfortunately, the BJP government in the state, far from ensuring compliance with this directive has instead chosen to stand with liquor manufacturers and help them by converting national highways to state roads and state highways to district roads. In several places liquor shops are being shifted from highways to residential areas under the protection of BJP government and its MLAs. Units of CPI (ML) have been active participants in several of the anti-liquor protests.
It is in this series of protests that AISA unit of Srinagar (Garhwal) participated in the anti-liquor protest of 12 June. When the activists protested against forcible opening of liquor shops, cases were filed against 23 people including AISA leaders Shivani Pandey and Atul Sati. Earlier too the BJP government had filed several cases against the protestors. To protest against this silencing of protestors, CPI (ML) submitted a memorandum addressed to the state CM in Karnaprayag and Lalkuan demanding immediate withdrawal of cases. It was also mentioned in the memorandum that the actions of the government have clearly revealed its proximity and support to the liquor manufacturers and sellers. The government has already issued an order to appoint 2 police officers to protect liquor shops and some of the MLAs of the party are also trying to get shops for their own party activists. The BJP which was earlier trying to pose itself as anti-liquor has exposed itself through its actions.
Raghuvar Hatao, Jharkhand Bachao!!
On 23rd November, in a notorious anti people policy decision, Raghuvar Das-led Bharatiya Janta Party government in Jharkhand had amended the land tenancy laws governing predominantly Adivasi regions to allow use of agricultural land for non-agricultural purposes. After this shameless pronouncement of amendments of CNT and SPT Acts, thousands came out on the streets in protest in different parts of Jharkhand braving massive police repression.
The Chotanagpur Tenancy (CNT) Act was enacted in 1908 after the heroic revolt led by Birsa Munda. The law restricts the sale of tribal land to non-Adivasis in 16 of Jharkhand’s 24 districts in central and western region. On the other hand, Santhal Pargana Tenancy (SPT) Act enacted in 1876 had been passed following the valiant Santhal rebellion in 1855 against feudal land tenure systems of the colonial government. The 1876 Act prohibits sale of Adivasi land to non-adivasis in Santhal Pargana region along Jharkhand’s border with Bengal.
Earlier in June, the BJP government had passed an ordinance to make the changes, but this ordinance is still pending with the President. The government now desperately amended the laws by introducing a Bill on last Friday. The government shamelessly introduced and passed the Bill in merely three minutes without permitting any discussion!
The very existence of adivasis and original inhabitants of Jharkhand is in jeopardy under this BJP government which has time and again made policies to ensure that corporate companies get full control over the forests, land, and minerals of Jharkhand. The amendment of CNT and SPT acts is another notorious step in this direction. But the people of Jharkhand have given the resounding call of “Raghuvar Hatao, Jharkhand Bachao” (“Remove Raghuvar, Save Jharkhand”) to intensify the fight against the ruling Government.
AISA stands in rock solid solidarity with the struggling people of Jharkhand in their fight against state sponsored corporate land grab, dispossessing and displacing adivasis!