As we celebrate the 128th birth anniversary of Babasaheb Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, his vision of emancipation of the oppressed and a secular democratic India is under an all-round attack by the BJP Government and Sangh Brigade. Today, as we are in the middle of general election, it is an extraordinary situation for our country and democracy. Communal casteist violence has now become almost an everyday national phenomenon. Educational, job and other opportunities for the marginalized sections are systematically snatched away by decimating reservations, labour laws are thoroughly diluted, fighters of social justice are incriminated and institutionally murdered – while perpetrators of casteist massacres roam free. In the BJP’s 2019 election manifesto, the entire RSS agenda has been incorporated; trademark key points of the Sangh like construction of Ram Mandir, scrapping of Article 370, amendment of the Citizenship Act and enforcement of Uniform Civil Code. This is almost an open declaration of the long-standing RSS goal of reshaping India as a Hindu Rashtra and revising India’s secular democratic Constitution to enforce Manusmriti as India’s dominant social charter. Continue reading
8 March – International Women’s Day – was born in the struggles that women factory workers in thousands waged against bondage a century ago.
Women workers in early 20th century USA and Europe organised with the red flag and the revolutionary communist movement to demand an 8-hour working day, secure jobs, workplace safety, and the right to vote. It is these women, along with the communist party, which first united across countries to hold the first International Women’s Day in 1911. Continue reading
गुंडागर्दी, निजीकरण और यौन हिंसा का विरोध् करें
बेहतर शिक्षा-बेहतर सुविध के लिए आम छात्रों का आन्दोलनकारी डूसू चुने
आने वाले 12 सितम्बर को होने वाले डूसू चुनावों में आम छात्रों के मुद्दे को पुरजोर ढंग से उठाने और डूसू में एक ऐतिहासिक बदलाव लाने के लिए AISA और CYSS ;आम आदमी पार्टी की छात्रा इकाई ने साथ मिलकर चुनाव लड़ने का फैसला किया है. विश्वविद्यालय में ABVP और NSUI की
गुंडागर्दी के कारण यहां के शिक्षकों, छात्रो एवं यहां के कर्मचारियों के बीच से बदलाव की,एक सकारात्मक राजनीति की मांग उठ रही थी, उन सभी की भावनाओं को देखते हुए हमने ये फैसला लिया है कि AISA और CYSS मिलकर चुनाव लड़ेंगे। AISA और CYSS के संयुक्त पफैसले के अनुसार अध्यक्ष- उपाध्यक्ष के पद पर AISA के प्रत्याशी और सचिव-उपसचिव के पद
पर CYSS के प्रत्याशी चुनाव लड़ेंगे।
On the upcoming 12th September, DUSU election is happening. This year, AISA and CYSS (student wing of Aam Aadmi Party) have decided to come together and fight the election with a commitment to bring forth students’ issues and to usher an era of historic change in DUSU. In the last few decades, the politics of money and muscle power by ABVP-NSUI has created an urgent need for a positive politics – a politics of agenda and agitation among the students, teachers, staff and workers. To respect their mandate, CYSS and AISA decided to fight this election together. We have decided collectively that – AISA candidates will fight for the post of President and Vice-President, and CYSS for the post of General Secretary and Joint Secretary.
Let us look at few snapshots of ABVP – RSS – BJP concern for the “underprivileged” and the model for “social justice”.
All wings of the hydra-headed Rashtriya Swayamasevak Sangh (RSS), be it the student front ABVP, or Bajrang Dal, or BJP or its numerous vahinis and senas share the ideology of the RSS. All these organizations claim to be “nationalist” and brand anyone who disagrees with their ideology, “anti-national”. Under the current regime of BJP-Sangh, all dissenting voices are branded as “anti-national”: the attempted assassination of former JNU student Umar Khalid, the lynch mob attack on Dr. Sanjay Kumar, former JNU student and now faculty at the Central University in Motihari, the assassination of Gauri Lankesh – all these and more are defended by Sangh supporters as the outcome of “nationalist” rage against “anti-nationals.” Through violence and frenzy, the RSS brigade is desperate to prove that “nationalism” and RSS are synonymous. So it is very important to find out the truth behind the RSS’s self-declared love for the country. Let us look at RSS’s own words and documents for this. Continue reading
Tomorrow is 20 Aug 2018 – 5 years back on 20 August 2013, Narendra Dabholkar, the legendary figure of rationalist movement in India, was shot dead in Pune when he was out on a morning walk. His ‘crime’? He was the founder of the Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti – a popular anti-superstition front propagating rationalist ideas. His campaigns against godmen and self-styled holy-men, as well as his questioning of ‘faith’ and religious rituals and beliefs had earned him some powerful enemies. Dabholkar had been receiving threats ever since he began his campaigns in the early 1980s. Clearly, it was only recently that his opponents felt emboldened enough to launch a murderous assault on him. Continue reading
यूपीए सरकार में हुए भ्रष्टाचार को प्रमुख मुद्दा बनाकर भाजपा ने 2014 का चुनाव जीता। नरेंद्र मोदी ने अपने चुनावी भाषणों में ‘ना खाउंगा, ना खाने दूंगा’ का जुमला उछाला। लेकिन आज इसकी हकीकत क्या है? पिछले चार सालों में इस देश ने बड़े-बड़े घोटाले और भाई-भतीजावाद देखा है- Continue reading
Tomorrow, we will be celebrating the birth of a “sovereign” nation, a nation whose constitution mandates the principles of secularism and socialism. Ironically, as we observe the “Independence” of a “secular” and a “socialist” republic, we have the vocal proponents of a Hindu Rashtra at the helm of affairs of the country! Continue reading
As we move towards our 72nd Independence Day, we are confronted with a serious weakening of democratic structures and institutional safeguards. The entire country is being kept in a communal frenzy, where decible media debates are being manufactured to whip up Hindu-Muslim enmity. At this juncture, we need to ask ourselves: what exactly does ‘independence’ mean to us? Should it not mean decent livelihoods, dignified jobs? What has happened to the lives and livelihoods of youth and farmers of the country in the past four years? Continue reading