In Solidarity, Report »

[2 Jan 2015 | No Comment | 51 views]
AISA Campaigns for sanitation workers’ rights on 2 October

Even as the Modi government launched a much publicised ‘Swacchata Abhiyaan’ (cleanliness drive) on 2 October, with the entire media broadcasting stories and visuals of the Prime Minister Modi, Ministers, bureaucrats and celebrities sweeping roads, AISA and AICCTU ran campaigns in Delhi stating clearly that no real ‘Swacchata Abhiyaan’ was possible without ensuring sanitation workers’ rights.
In JNU, a ‘Pledge for Rights’ (Adhikaar Shapat) programme was organized on 2 October, highlighting the Modi government’s criminal silence on sanitation workers’ rights. Even as the JNU administration organized a cleanliness drive as per …

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[2 Jan 2015 | No Comment | 79 views]
Protests against MHRD’s ‘Good Governance’ day diktats

AISA as well as the AISA-led JNU Students’ Union protested against the MHRD’s diktats to observe 25 December as ‘Good Governance’ day. Even during winter vacations in the University, several students participated in the protest organized by JNUSU, AISA and other student organisations outside the Convention Centre in JNU, where the JNU administration was holding programmes on ‘good governance’. Addressing the protest, JNUSU President Ashutosh said that the students, teachers and karamcharis of JNU will not compromise the academic autonomy of the University to suit the partisan political interests of …

In Solidarity, Ongoing Struggles, Pamphlet »

[20 Dec 2014 | One Comment | 212 views]
Students Show of Love in the Time of Hate

AISA strongly condemns the show-cause notice issued to the students of Calicut Law College for organising a “Hug of Love” event in their college on 10 December 2014. The very next day, twelve students received show-cause notices from the college administration. Left activists including those from AISA received the notice along with common students. The show-cause notice says:
“Your act of indiscipline has attracted unwanted media attention which was telecasted throughout the world creating negative image and tarnishing the reputation of the institution.
The college views your action as an act of …

In Solidarity, Uncategorized »

[22 Nov 2014 | 6 Comments | 1,418 views]
Is ‘Kiss of Love’ Against Indian Culture? Is it Obscene? Why Should We Defend It?

The #KissofLove protest against moral policing, initiated in Kerala, has gone viral, with protests being organised by common students and citizens across the country. While the numbers of participants continues to swell, the RSS and ABVP continue to condemn and even threaten it, branding it as an affront to ‘Indian culture’. Ironically, in Kerala, the Congress’ youth wing as well as some Muslim outfits also turned up alongside the ABVP to protest.
Why #Kissof Love?
Some well-meaning friends ask, isn’t it frivolous to be defending the right to kiss or …

National Issues, Uncategorized »

[22 Nov 2014 | No Comment | 105 views]
Remain Vigilant Against Ever-New Tricks to Elitise UPSC and Discriminate against Common Students!

On 18 Nov 2014, following reports of DoPT ‘s move to reduce age/attempt limits for UPSC, there was a massive public outcry. The govt clearly found it too hot to handle, more so with several elections round the corner. The govt made a hasty retreat at least for the time being.
The DoPT in a statement today (19 Nov) has clarified that it doesn’t intend to reduce the age and attempt limit for UPSC aspirants. It has further said that the decision to reduce the age and attempt limit of …