लोकतंत्र बचाओ रैली में लखनऊ पहुँचे सैंकड़ों युवा गिरफ्तार, जनदवाब में हुई रिहाई

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।

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UGC repesentative faces questions from AISA

 

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!

SEE  ALSO : Countrywide Protests by AISA against discontinuation of Bi-annual NET examination

Countrywide Protests by AISA against discontinuation of Bi-annual NET examination

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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.

 

आइसा नेता नितिन का जेल से पत्र

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‘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

JNUSU statement on the events of 143rd Academic council meeting and notice raj of the administration

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.

Sd/-

Mohit K. Pandey, President

Amal P.P., Vice-President

Satarupa Chakraborty, General Secretary

Tabrez Hassan, Joint Secretary

JNUSU

 

See Also : Charges against AISA activists in Garhwal for Anti-Liquor Protests

Charges against AISA activists in Garhwal for Anti-Liquor Protests

Women protests in favour of liquor ban. Photo – Tribuneindia ( Vinod Pundir)

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.

Massive Protests against Amendments to CNT and SPT Acts in Jharkhand!

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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!

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Exploring Democracy, Reclaiming the Republic – III

 

Of Saffron Brigade’s ‘Nationalism’ and Branding ‘Others’ as ‘Anti-Nationals’

Comrade Ananat Addressing in University of Hyderabad

Comrade Ananat Addressing in University of Hyderabad

Even as people across the country continue to protest against Rohith Vemula’s institutional murder, the RSS-BJP-ABVP’s predictable arrogance continues. In Mumbai yesterday, RSS workers beat up protestors in Dharavi with lathis and rods. In HCU, the Vice Chancellor Appa Rao is yet to resign. He has gone on “long leave”, and in his place the MHRD has arrogantly appointed Prof. Vipin Srivastava, the same man who headed the EC sub-committee which punished Rohith and his friends! In solidarity with the #ChaloHCU call on 25 Jan, an AISA team of comrades from JNU, Anant and Piyush have joined the HCU protestors today at Hyderabad.

We live in times when the RSS-BJP- ABVP go around distributing  ‘pass/fail’ certificates of ‘nationalism’ to all and sundry. ABVP tells us that the screening of Muzaffarnagar Baaki Hai is “antinational”, and elected BJP MP Bandaru Dattatreya decides to brand Rohith Vemula and the Ambedkar Students’ Association in HCU as “antinational”, casteist and “extremist” for their dissenting views. An article in the RSS mouthpiece Organizer similarly called JNU a “den of anti-nationals”. RSS and ABVP, of course, have declared that FTII is anti-India for protesting Gajendra Chauhan’s appointment. IITs are anti-Indian because of groups like Ambedkar Periyar Study Circle and protests like Kiss of Love, and because they refuse to accept separate dining halls and bans on non-vegetarian mess food. IITs and IIMs are anti-national because their top academics and scientists have protested against assaults on autonomy. People’s doctor Binayak Sen, well-known activist Sandeep Pandey, Greenpeace activist Priya Pillai, civil rights activist Teesta Setalvad, editor Siddharth Varadarajan – all are anti-national in the RSS-BJP-ABVP dictionary. Their list of “anti-nationals” is seemingly endless. Each one of us could end up on it, perhaps, if we are not already on it. This game of vilifying and criminalising all political difference/dissent would be funny if it weren’t so dangerous. The RSS-BJP-ABVP now use the state machinery and institutional power to punish all differing opinion.

But are the ABVP-RSS-BJP, ‘nationalist’?! Do they work in the interests of citizens of this country?

Let us take just a few examples, to arrive at an answer.

  • Three girls recently committed suicide in Tamil Nadu, driven to desperation because they could not pay the exorbitant fees demanded by private colleges. Instead of opposing private education corporations to open ‘teaching shops’ for profits in India, the Modi government has been cutting funds for public educational institutions. ABVP and the BJP want education to officiallybecome a tradable commodity under GATS, after which WTO diktats will prevent the Government from subsidising public-sector education! Why does Sanghi ‘nationalism’ mean love and loyalty for WTO and imperialist policies?
  • At the recently conducted WTO negotiations in Nairobi, the Modi government failed to protect and defend Indian farmers. The Indian delegation simply capitulated – not even resorting to basic minimum of demanding amendments or blocking the agreement, tactics which have been employed in the past! Even commerce Minister has had to admit that the negotiations were a ‘disappointment’. Is it a sign of nationalism to capitulate to the WTO-US-EU’s bullying tactics?
  • Narendra Modi chose Arvind Subramanian as his Chief Economic Advisor (CEA) – the same Arvind Subramanian who in March 2014, had submitted written recommendations to the US Senate advising the US to initiate WTO disputes against India unless India changed its patent laws that ensure affordable medicines for poor Indians and poor people of the world, protecting them from greedy global drug corporations. (India or US? Whose interests will the Chief Economic Advisor Subramanian serve? by G Pramod Kumar, Firstpost.com Oct 21, 2014 http://www.firstpost.com/business/economy/india-or-us-whose-interests-will-the-chief-economic-advisor-subramanian-serve-1994485.html). Why does a ‘nationalist’ Prime Minister need an economic advisor who works like an US agent who wanted the US to use WTO diktats against Indian interests? The Modi government has subsequently followed Subramaniam’s advice. Patent laws are being rewritten to prevent Indian companies from cheaply manufacturing generic drugs. (See US pushes for new IP laws to help Big Pharma at cost of poor; NDA says Yes Boss, http://currentnews.in/usa-pushes-new-intellectual-property-laws-help-big-pharma-cost-poor-nda-says-yes-boss/)
  • Is it ‘nationalist’ or anti-national to appease greedy MNC drug companies at the cost of the lives of India’s poor patients and people in other developing countries?
  • While in Opposition, BJP ‘supported’ the protests against FDI in retail, which threatens the livelihood and survival of small shop owners and their employees. But after coming to power, the Modi Government has done a U-Turn and has assured Obama that India will continue to support FDI in retail! What is the meaning of this ‘U-Turn Patriotism’?
  • Modi, on his France visit, has brokered an MoU between Reliance and a French company Dassault Aviation, for 36 poor quality Rafale Jets at exorbitant costs, that will bail out a crisis-ridden French company Dassault Aviation and allow super-profits for the Ambani! (http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/rafale-deal-to-be-signed-on-eve-of-hollandes-india-visit/) Why is the Modi Government sacrificing the country’s interests, and forcing substandard fighter jets on the country, in order to benefit a French MNC and its crony corporate?
  • During US President Obama’s visit to India, the Modi Government agreed to protect MNC suppliers of nuclear equipment from being sued by Indian disaster victims! By diluting an already weak liability law Modi has, without telling or asking us, used our taxpayers’ money, our Jan Dhan, to subsidise these MNC suppliers in case of such accidents. Is it not anti-national for Modi to accept US dictation and protect US Nuclear MNCs instead of compromising the safety of Indian citizens?
  • In the name of wooing MNCs to ‘Make in India’, in the name of the ‘Start-up’ India campaign, Modi is diluting labour laws and environment laws. Left and environmental activists who defend those laws are branded as ‘anti-national’! Are workers not part of the ‘nation’? Is it ‘nationalist’ for the Government to violating rights and laws of Indian citizens to appease corporates and MNCs?  

Why is the RSS-ABVP-BJP so desperate to brand all dissent as “anti-national”?

There is a method behind the madness of RSS-BJP-ABVP terming all differing voices as “anti-national”. They seek to hide their huge surrenders and sell-outs of economic and political rights of India’s people by a systematic campaign of social divisiveness. Neither is this a new agenda.

During the long struggle in India against British colonial rule, the RSS was conspicuous by its absence. In RSS-speak, the movement against the British was “reactionary”:

Anti-Britishism was equated with patriotism and nationalism. This reactionary view has had disastrous effects upon the entire course of the freedom movement, its leaders and the common people” (M. S. Golwalkar, Bunch of Thoughts, Bangalore, 1996, p. 138).

During the drafting and adoption of India’s Constitution, the RSS wanted Manusmriti as the constitution of the “Hindu nation” of their dreams. Saffron brigade’s hero Savarkar wrote:

The worst about the new constitution of Bharat is that there is nothing Bharatiya about it…Manusmriti is that scripture which is most worship-able after Vedas for our Hindu Nation and which from ancient times has become the basis of our culture-customs, thought and practice. This book for centuries has codified the spiritual and divine march of our nation. Even today the rules which are followed by crores of Hindus in their lives and practice are based on Manusmriti. Today Manusmriti is Hindu Law”. [VD Savarkar, ‘Women in Manusmriti’ in Savarkar Samagar (collection of Savarkar’s writings in Hindi), vol. 4, Prabhat, Delhi, p. 416.]

Just on the eve of Republic day in 1950, the RSS mouthpiece Organiser published a special feature by Sankar Subba Aiyar, a retired High Court Judge, in which loyalty towards Manu’s Codes was reaffirmed:

‘Even though Dr. Ambedkar is reported to have recently stated in Bombay that the days of Manu have ended it is nevertheless a fact that the daily lives of Hindus are even at the present day affected by the principles and injunctions contained in the Manusmrithi and other Smrithis. Even an unorthodox Hindu feels himself bound at least in some matters by the rules contained in the Smrithis and he feels powerless to give up altogether his adherence to them.’ [‘Manu Rules Our Hearts’ Organizer, February 6, 1950, p. 7.]

Even after Independence when a democratic-secular Constitution was in force, RSS continued denigrating India Constitution. In Bunch of Thoughts, MS Golwalkar, the most prominent ideologue of the RSS wrote:

“Our Constitution too is just a cumbersome and heterogeneous piecing together of various articles from various Constitutions of the Western countries. It has absolutely nothing which can be called our own. Is there a single word of reference in its guiding principles as to what our national mission is and what our keynote in life is? No!” [MS Golwalkar, Bunch of Thoughts, Sahitya Sindhu, Bangalore, 1996, p. 238.]

If the RSS collaborated with British colonialism THEN, the RSS-BJP-ABVP is NOW collaborating with large corporate interests and following the dictation of imperialist powers such as the US and EU. In order to divert attention from this shameful collaboration with colonial British then and present day imperialist powers now, they routinely resort to their staple diet of hate, violence and communal division. They try to manufacture a majoritarian  brahminical ‘commonsense’ and criminalise minorities, dalits, women, working class and every democratic voice speaking for rights and dignity and people’s sovereignty as ‘enemies within’, so as to divert and deflect people’s attention from the real enemies the Sangh brigade is serving.

As we approach yet another Republic Day, let us collectively reject the RSS-ABVP-BJP’s right to brand any and every differing opinion as “anti-national”.  The right to oppose the death penalty, the right to eat what we want, the right to dissent, the right to expose the communal-fascist agenda of spreading hatred and division, the right to defend workers’ rights, the right to oppose discrimination based on caste, religion, gender – all these are deeply and integrally part of being a genuine, sovereign and plural democracy!

Sanghi Attempts of Legitimizing its communal Agenda Faces Opposition from Students

 

Down with Sangh Parivar and BJP’s Use of State and Administrative Machinery for Imposition, Infiltration And Indoctrination of Its Communal Agenda In Academic Spaces!

 

AISA Activists along with Other organozations protesting against the ''Ram Janmbhoomoi derbate'

AISA Activists along with Other organizations protesting in front of DU Arts Faculty

Following close on the heels of attempts to accord academic legitimacy to Baba Ramdev by inviting him as a keynote speaker in a conference in JNU, the Delhi University has now allowed its premises to be used by a VHP led organaisation for a seminar to garner support for constructing a Ramjanambhoomi temple in Ayodhya.

Prof. Sandeep Pandey, a respected academician and social activist has recently been kicked out of his job in IIT-BHU, on the grounds of his political beliefs. A well-known campaigner for universal education and democratic rights, he has been a vocal and consistent opponent of communalism, displacement in the name of ‘development’, mindless nuclearisation and feudal oppression.

Just a couple of days back, the entire state machinery in Pune was brutally deployed to lathi charge, assault and arrest peacefully protesting students in FTII, in order to somehow install Gajendra Chauhan in the institution.

In Hyderabad Central University, Dalit students have been evicted from hostels and rusticated simply for protesting against entrenched Brahminicial caste hierarchies in campusus and in our society.

All these incidents currently unfolding in different parts of the country are proof enough that the process of infiltration, imposition and indoctrination continues unabated.

DU Hosting Ramjanambhoomi ‘Seminar’

For decades now, the Ramjanambhoomi issue has been used by the Sangh Parivar to spread its communal agenda of hatred and division. Now, once again we are seeing concerted attempts by the Sangh Parivar to milk this issue. This time around, as the BJP-RSS completely control the state machinery, we are seeing the deliberate and dangerous use of academic spaces in publicly funded universities as platforms to take forward this communal-fascist agenda. A two-day seminar to be held in the Delhi University on 9-10 January has been announced with a stated agenda to ‘mobilize public opinion for the Ram Janmbhoomi Temple’.

A private body, the Arundhati Vashishtha Anusandhan Peeth (affiliated to the VHP) is organising this seminar. It has obtained ‘permission’ to conduct this proposed ‘seminar’ in DU’s Arts Faculty. The fact that the DU administration has allowed the use of its space and infrastructure for this ‘seminar’ has to be seen in context. To begin with, the agenda of the proposed ‘seminar’ makes it abundantly clear that it is hardly academic in nature. For a well-known, publicly funded university to allow the misuse of not just its space but its academic credentials and legitimacy for this purpose is indeed dangerous. Secondly, the DU administration cannot escape responsibililty for this by claiming that it has nothing to do with the ‘seminar’, especially because the credentials and powers of a DU AC member (the DU AC is of course an administrative body) has been invoked to allow this seminar to happen in DU. Thirdly, let us not forget that the very same DU administration, which has allowed this ‘seminar’, has been over the years denying permission to the elected DUTA for holding even its GBMs. It has several times not allowed students’ organizations to use DU’s halls and rooms for programs. Even the use of DU’s small activity center has been snatched away. And now the same administration is bending over backwards to allow a clearly divisive campaign to use its space. This simply cannot be tolerated.

Resist the insidious process of saffron infiltration and indoctrination

We are continuously witnessing the systemic imposition of communal hate ideology in our academic spaces.

On the one hand, the BJP government is systematically slashing funds for education, restricting access to higher education and curtailing the scope of fellowships. On the other hand, the legitimacy of public spaces such as Universities and reputed academic institutions is being used and harnessed to further the agenda of the RSS-BJP. Be it Y. Sudarshan Rao‘s appointment in ICHR, or the forcible imposition of Gajendra Chauhan and other ABVP-RSS karyakartas in FTII and elsewhere, there is ample evidence of this process. Students and institutions across the country are bearing the brunt of these twin assualts, even as certain sections of those in power in these institutions are more than happy to kow-tow to this agenda, in order to curry favour with the ruling dispension. These assaults have to be resisted tooth and nail.


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