Sunday, 25 August 2019

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Successive Central governments have witnessed the destruction of the rural India and the unchecked destitution of farmers and yet little has been done to alleviate their misery. They have witnessed the deepening misery of the dispossession in country side but left the tillers of soil to ‘free to choose’ to die. Over 3 lakh farmers have committed suicide in India between 1995 and 2015, according to data from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB).  Even this horrendous figure is an underestimate, with suicides in many groups like women, dalit and tribal farmers being seriously undercounted. Yet, the NCRB was the only body giving us a nationwide picture, however flawed, of the number of farmers taking their own lives each year. Now situation has deteriorated to such an extent that since 2015, the NCRB has not published farmer suicide data at all. 

Not only that this Government have crossed the pace of all previous governments to bring agriculture under corporate control. Amending the existing laws on land acquisition, water resources, seed, fertilizer, pesticides and food processing, the government is in an overdrive to usher in contract farming and encourage organized retail. This is exactly as per the advice of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund as well as the international financial institutes. 

At this backdrop All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC), representing almost 200 organisations has organised a Kisan Mukti March to Delhi for 2 days from 29th to 30th of November,2018. The main demand of this March is to demand a special Parliamentary Session on farmer's issues. Demand for a special Parliamentary session emerges after numerous protests, petitions, pleadings by distressed farmers, labourers, forest communities, fisher folk and the foot soldiers of our country’s literacy and health care programmes – Anganwadi, Accredited Social Health Activists and Auxiliary Nurse Midwife workers, have failed to garner the attention of successive governments to the agrarian crisis.

The Farmers’ Freedom from Indebtedness Bill, 2018, and The Farmers’ Right to Guaranteed Remunerative Minimum Support Prices for Agricultural Commodities Bill, 2018, have already been placed before Parliament and are awaiting discussion. Their adoption should also form an important part of the special Parliament session.

SFI extends its complete support and solidarity with the Kisan March, and pledge to be part of every future struggle get society free of exploitation.

 

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VP Sanu (President)  Mayukh Biswas (General Secretary)

6th December remains as one of the darkest days in the history of independent India. The demolishing of Babari Masjid by the Sangh Parivar posed a severe question to the secular character assured by the very constitution of India. Riots were occurred at different parts of the country following the demolition of Barbari Masjid. The colorful fabrics of Indian society were shattered to pieces. The legacy of united fight against colonialism was also under attacked.People like Ram Prasad Bismil, Ashfaqulla Khan, Rajendra Lahiri , Chandrashekhar Azad who belonged to the HRA, (which later became the Hindustan Socialist Republican Association, led by Bhagat Singh) shed their blood for this land. In the Kakori trial case, Ram Prasad Bismil, Ashfaqulla Khan were hanged on 19th December by the Colonial British administration- a Pandit and a pathan fighting shoulder to shoulder until the last breathe for the idea called India. An idea talks about pluralism and unity in diversity. The history of India's freedom struggle is filled with the sacrifices made by people of all communities, with unity and extreme show of patriotism, for the liberation of their motherland. The values upheld by the Constitution of India is a result of this united struggle and secular fabric. 
 
Today,the idea of that sovereign socialist secular, democratic republic is being assaulted on an everyday basis by the very forces who destroyed the Babri masjid. All the state power have also been put behind this task. The constitution of India is under attack by none other than the ruling regime at the centre. The incidences of communal violence and hatred have increased many folds in India in recent times. The mob lynchings in the name of cow and fabricated stories of 'love jihad', killings of the rationalists and writers, increasing incidents of brutal attacks on Dalits and people of marginalized sections, caste atrocities and Communal hatred etc. states that India no longer deserves to be called as the 'largest democracy'. The atmosphere of fear is being instilled by the government itself which was supposed to ensure the constitutional rights and provisions to all citizens of the country.  This reflects the dangerous environment created by this saffron family using public machinery.  A nation is being shaped with mere symbolic and rhetoric, not the lives of its own people or an atmosphere of inclusiveness. Student community cannot be unaffected of these trends as Sangh parivar is trying to destroy our thought process by imposing falsified information and communal agendas. The campaigns against the scientific temper and rational thoughts, offered by the constitution, is being propagated by the central ministers including the prime minister itself. 
 
 
 
Now, having only few months left to the general elections, BJP have again triggered the campaign on Ram temple. This is nothing other than a blatant attempt to polarize the county to resist any possibility for a larger unity over the everyday issues of the people. In this dark time, the memories of vibrant history of diversity and united resistance must be turned as a source of strength in the battle against this divisive communal forces. It is in this context SFI is launching a nationwide campaign against communalism, named as ‘Harmony over Hatred’ from 6th December to 19th December in each corners of India. SFI urges student community of our country to stand for this cause.
 
 
 
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VP Sanu (President)                       Mayukh Biswas (General Secretary)
 
Central Executive Committee of Students’ Federation of India expresses its anguish and serious concern on the CBSE question paper leak of Class 10 Mathematics and Class 12 Economics. Lakhs of the students have been forced to undergo strenuous harassment and mental torture due to this paper leak.
 
This is a complete failure of CBSE to ensure the secrecy of the examination as incidences of leaking of question paper has become a trend. A similar allegation of the paper leak was made during the Class XII accountancy exam, which was also acknowledged by Delhi deputy chief minister but CBSE has denied, investigation of these allegations should be done on an urgent basis.
 
Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has announced that re-examination will be conducted for Class 10 Mathematics and Class 12 Economics papers but till now has not announced the new dates. It is very easy for any official of CBSE to give orders to re-conduct the examinations but it is very difficult for them to realize the kind of mental pressure and trauma students are going through due to this failure of CBSE. It also takes huge efforts and time to prepare for the exam and go through the entire process of examination. Mere cancellation of the exam will not serve the purpose but the culprits who are involved in this scam should be pinned down and punished. There is complete lack of seriousness on the part of the government to address the failure be it in the case of SCC question paper leakage or this the culprits are roaming scot-free while the future of lakhs of students is at stake. Examinations of 10th and 12th are stepping stones for a students’ academic career and this lackadaisical attitude of CBSE and this government will result in nothing else but jeopardizing the career of lakhs of students.
 
During this regime of BJP question paper scam is various examinations have become a practice and explains the complete failure of government. This also shows the lack of political will of BJP government to fight the corruption. SFI demands a rapid and time-bound enquiry to identify the culprits and punish them. At the same time, CBSE should ensure that these incidents should not be repeated in future.
 
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VP Sanu, President                                                                    Vikram Singh, General Secretary
The Central Executive Committee of SFI strongly condemns all forces responsible for the humanitarian crisis in Syria and Yemen and expresses its deep concern at the continuing armed conflict in Syria and Yemen.
 
The saddening and gruesome Syrian war has taken a new turn in East Ghouta, a suburb located near Damsacus, the capital of Syria. According to reports, nearly 500 persons including children and women have died in this battle. The Syrian conflict is one of the worst humanitarian where children are dying or surviving with critical injuries. It goes without saying that this episode is the latest reminder of the need for all the actors involved in the bloody war to sit down and chalk out some resolutions. While the UN Security Council has unanimously decided upon on ceasefire in the region, its implementation is doubtful since the opposition in Syria consists of several radical Jihadi groups who are non-state actors.
 
Amidst this tragedy, it is important that the progressive forces do not fall prey to the mischievous designs of the West and NATO. Almost all the Western media houses and government officials have used East Ghouta battle to channelize opposition to Syrian Government and Russia. It is true that Syrian government under Assad and Russia are not saints and has committed human rights violations in this bloody war. But amidst this cacophony against Assad and Russia by NATO and the western media, the role of several Jihadi groups and the NATO in shaping Syrian crisis is completely forgotten.  These Jihadi groups have inflicted massive sufferings for Syrians in enclaves controlled by them, even to the extent of not allowing them to escape during battles. All of them are propelled and assisted by the West and its allies in Middle East. Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar and have directly assisted in the formation of these groups. While the USA claims that these are moderate forces, even their top officials like Former Secretary of State John Kerry have accepted their radical nature in non-publicized hearings. Saudi backed Nusra front which controlled Aleppo, until liberated by Syrian Army in Dcember 2016, for all practical purposes is the Al-Qaeda outlet in Syria.  The role of these organisations in the Syrian crisis and their western backing, including in Eastern Ghouto is obliterated by the Western press and governments in the narrative about Syrian war, to give a direct platform for their intervention in Syria, which will only result in Syria becoming a satellite and failed state like Iraq or Libya. It is important that these sinister designs of West are exposed while understanding the Syrian Crisis.
 
The hypocrisy of West becomes even more evident in their complete silence regarding the crisis in Yemen. More than 10000 Yemeni citizens have died in Yemen due to Saudi bombing. As a result of this war, Yemen has witnessed a massive cholera epidemic which has endangered the lives of many. At the moment, 22 million citizens in Yemen are in need of humanitarian help. But because of the blockade imposed by Saudi Arabia, even basic amenities are not reaching citizens of Yemen. But the West does not shed crocodile tears for Yemen unlike Syria because of the direct involvement of their ally in the region, Saudi Arabia. 
 
Both the Syrian and Yemen crisis are reminders of what ominous external interventions can turn countries into. While it is important that we remain of critical of domestic actors like Syrian president Assad and his allies, we should never forget the damaging role of NATO and its allies in exacerbating this crisis.
 
This blatant conspiracy and attack on Syria and Yemen must be condemned and stopped by the United Nations Security Council. We also condemn the efforts of the United States, the NATO and their allies imposing their will by backing the fundamentalist armed rebels. The Central Executive Committee of SFI also takes oath to continue their struggle to achieve peace, solidarity with uncompromising fight against the imperialism and its allies.
                                                                                                         
 
VP Sanu ( President)                                                                                                                                                Vikram Singh ( General Secretary)