The Central Committee of SFI demands the immediate arrest of the accused in the murder and alleged rape of a dalit student of Jain B.Ed. College Nokha (Barmer) of Rajasthan. Dead body of the 17year student was found in water tank of the school hostel three days ago. She was persuading her BSTC (after 10+2, to become a school teacher) from Jain Adarsh Teacher Training Institute for girls in Nokha. She was an excellent painter who had been awarded by the Rajasthan government, as well.
Family of the girl student, students of the college and general public of the area is on agitation for last three days demanding immediate arrest of the owner of the college who is one the accused but influential person of the area having sound political relations. Administration has tried to shield the accused and tamper with the evidences. Local administration and the state government must take immediate action to nab the culprits.
The incidents in JNU over the last few days have attracted lot of debate and attention. SFI has strongly condemned the secessionist slogans raised by a section of students.
But, over the last few days we have seen how this incident has been used by RSS-ABVP and the corporate-controlled media to attack the democratic ethos of JNU and paint all left students’ organizations as ‘anti-national’. Social media campaign #ShutdownJNU is being run, targeting the entire university as ‘anti-national.’ There are concerted efforts to tarnish the entire left and democratic students’ movement. SFI’s offices have been attacked in Lucknow and Dehradun.
Police entered the campus with the permission of the VC, and started indiscriminate raiding of hostels. The JNU Students Union President has been arrested, even though he and other office-bearers have made it absolutely clear that neither were they the organizers of the said programme, nor did they endorse the slogans raised by a section of protestors. Yesterday, some activists and common people have been randomly picked up by the police from the Jashn-e-Rekhta festival in the capital.
We call upon all democratic sections to maintain steadfast unity against this assault on the democratic processes, particularly in JNU. We demand that the JNUSU President be released immediately, Police Raj in JNU should end and the witch hunting of JNU students should stop. We can’t allow fascist outfits to use the actions of some of the misguided elements to attack the entire university and the left-democratic movement.
CEC calls upon all its units across the country to organize All India Protest Day on 15th February.
The incidents in JNU over the last few days have attracted lot of debate and attention. The Central Executive Committee of Students’ Federation of India strongly condemns the secessionist slogans raised by a section of students. Such irresponsible slogans can’t be accepted at any cost. We are against all kind of separatist tendencies.
SFI has had a glorious history of struggle against the secessionist forces across the country. Hundreds of SFI activists have given the supreme sacrifice of their lives while fighting against the secessionist forces in Assam and Punjab in the 1980s. SFI was the only organization which had the courage to give the slogan “We will let our bodies be cut into pieces, but not allow to break this country.” We not only cherish this rich history but are carrying it forward as well.
RSS-ABVP is using this incident to attack the democratic ethos of JNU and paint all left students’ organizations as ‘anti-national’. SFI’s Uttarakhand state committee office was attacked by ABVP using the JNU incident as the pretext. Social media campaign #ShutdownJNU is being run, targeting the entire university as ‘anti-national.’ There are concerted efforts to tarnish the entire left and democratic students’ movement. In the last 24 hours, SFI’s offices in Dehradun and Lucknow have been attacked by ABVP.
Heavy police machinery has been deployed inside the JNU campus and police has started indiscriminate combing operation in the hostels.
CEC of SFI calls upon all democratic sections to maintain steadfast unity against this assault on the democratic processes, particularly in JNU. We can’t allow fascist outfits to use the actions of some of the misguided elements to attack the entire university.
The Central Executive Committee of SFI strongly condemns the HRD ministry’s decision to accept the UGC proposal allowing private deemed universities to open up to six off campuses. Public deemed universities are allowed to have more than six off campuses. It is important to positively discriminate the public deemed universities many of which are known for excellent, specialized education. Private deemed universities on the other hand have become centres of rabid commercialization. Majority of these institutes only prepare syllabus and have no mechanism to maintain and monitor the academic standards.
This is departure from the earlier position in 2007 when UGC had issued a formal notification stating that these universities cannot establish off-campus study centres or offer distance education programmes beyond the territory of the state in which they are located. About 85 Private and 4o public deemed universities are running in the country today. CEC calls upon all its state units to vigilantly keep track on the impact of this decision and intervene at appropriate juncture.