In an expected manner the TMC government and it's student wing TMCP had started unleashing violence against the SFI activists across the West Bengal in the eve of students' union election. Two days back comrade Suraj Sharma, SFI state committee member from Darjileeng district was beaten up brutally. He along with many other SFI activists were attacked by the Trinamool outsiders when they went to submit the nomination in Siliguri college. This was not the only place such brutality was unleashed. In Naxalbari college, Kolkata university and some other campuses also SFI cadres were abused, harassed and resisted from filling nominations for the students union election. Comrade Sultana from Kolkata university were beaten up in front of the police by the lumpens of TMCP. Police in all the cases remain mute spectator or has charged against SFI activists only. But the undefeated courage of Sudipto-Swapan-Saifuddin braved this violence with firm zeal and not in a single case left the battleground. Let the dream of study and Struggle gets championed against state and muscle.
Multiple incidents of RSS attack on SFI activists are reported from Kerala. Two activists are subjected to murderous attacks and many others are injured in two districs in last one day. Com. Rathin Raj, Joint Secretary of SFI Konni (Pathanamthitta) area committee was attacked by RSS criminals on his way back to home yesterday . Aroud 20 people were attacking him with sword iron rods. Rathin, suffering with deep injusries at his head, hands and variouse other parts of the body is admitted in Pathanamthitta general hosptilal. An another left activist Aril is stabbed by the same force in today morning ar Govt. Brennen College, Kannur. He along with some other SFI activists were targetedly attacked when they reached campus after a study tour. Aril is suffering injuries at his hands and legs.
A state level convention against Communalisation of Education was organised by S F I, Odisha organized state level education convention against Communalization of Education. Shatarup Ghosh, All India Jt. Secretary of SFI participated in it and spoke on the topic. He said that Communalising education, like any other form of communalism, is not a religious but a political project. Religious fascist forces like the RSS and the BJP have been trying to do this through their social activities. And whenever they got a chance to run governments in states or the centre, they have utilized the state machineries in every possible way to modify the curriculum and teach the RSS propaganda in the name of history. He mentioned some of the recent comments made by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi that Ganesha’s head was replaced by that of an elephant through plastic surgery and Karna was born out of IVF procedure; and pointed out that these are not only a distorted representation of Mahabharata. But there is an underlying objective. Very cleverly and subtly the P.M. is trying to suggest that Ramayana and Mahabharata are not epics but history.
Shatarup Ghosh also talked about the history of betrayal of the Freedom Movement by the RSS and said that the ruling classes try to communalise young minds because communal polarization destroys the fighting unity of the masses. The energy of the people which could have been used to fight the oppressors is used up in fighting among themselves. This eventually consolidates the hierarchical position of the ruling class in a class divided society.
This is a challenge towards the secular and pluralistic fabric of our society. So the entire student community must be united against this dangerous trend.
Prof. Surendra Jena, leader of the teachers’ movement in Odhisa, spoke on the burning crisis of education and its dangerous consequences. Along with it he spoke on the neo-liberal and anti people education policies and communalization of education. Jena called for the unification of the students’ community against such policies.
Odisha SFI secretary, Com Sarat Das, presented the base paper of the convention. State president, Com Bikash Nath, presided over the convention.
A zonal rally and convention of Students’ Federation of India was organized in Pune (Maharashtra) on 24th of Jan, at Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Sanskrutik Bhavan. Thousands of the students attended the rally. Apart from Maharashtra, students from Madhya Pradesh also participated in the rally. The main slogan of the rally was ‘oppose the centralization and communalisation and of education and to scrap the RUSA.
Inauguration of this convention was done by Ajit Abhyankar, CPIM state secretariat member. In his address, he attacked the economical crisis the Modi government. Referring to the black money, he exposed the capitalist nature of this Modi government. He called upon the student community to build struggle for recovery of this black money so that this money can be spent to strength the education system of country.
While addressing the convention all India president Dr. V. Shivdasan said, there are no ‘Acche Din’ as promised by Narender Modi and BJP before parliament elections. BJP just talked about the development, but there is no development. Actually the inflation increased, there is no growth in GDP, union government is reducing the spending on public sector which has affected the public services like education and health mostly. Expenditure on education has been reduced by near about 3900 Crore rupees. Along with these capitalist policies, they are implementing communal policies. Modi led government is pursuing the policy of making Hindu Rashtra. Referring to speech of Narendra Modi while inaugurating the a well known hospital in Mumbai, prime minister of India has said that our ancestral were doing plastic surgery and ganpati is a good example of this. Dr. Sivdasan said in this is way they are making our education communal.
All India joint secretary Dr. Vikram Singh addressed the gathering. He addressed the issues of education citing the aim of SFI as spelled in our programme i.e. to ensure a democratic, scientific, secular and progressive education system. But today education is being made according to corporate houses rather than a student centric education process. Commercialization of education is affecting the common peoples. We have to take this policies among students to organize them against these policies. We have to demand for scientific and secular education. But BJP government is using science in a unscientific way. BJP/RSS is using so it is technology to propagate unscientific attitude among general public and students in particular. The need of hour is to expose this and strengthen the people’s voice against this. BJP government does not want to develop a rational society, which will ask questions as it will cause trouble to their cause of Hindu Rashtra. SFI has continuously waged struggles against this and will continue for betterment of students. The only way to oppose is to strengthen the organization and oppose.
Madhya Pradesh state president Kuldeep Pipal also addressed the meeting explaining the policies affecting the students in Madhya Pradesh as there is government of BJP for past 15 years. Dr. Sanjay Dabhade, a well known activist in education, congratulated the SFI for organizing this kind of convention against the policies of Modi government. Former SFI state secretary Dr. Maharudra Dake also addressed the public meeting in his energetic style.
Presidential speech was delivered by state president Mohan Jadhav. He congratulated the Pune district committee of SFI for hosting this programme. State secretary Datta Chavan, state vice president Balaji Kaletwad, joint secretary Sunil Rathod, Manjushree Kabade, state secretariate member Rohidaas Jadhav and Meera Kamble were also present on the dias.
Convention demanded to strengthen the public education sector. By destroying the public education sector, central government is liquidating the public space and is promoting commercialization. On this issue all sections of the down trodden of the society comes together cutting across the religion and caste. Convention also demanded to start government school from primary to higher secondary level in every village should be under taken, Reservation for the students from rural areas in central and state universities and institutes is necessary, Democratic rights of the students should be assured, Government should provide nutritional food to the students, Free books, free uniform and transport facility should be given to all the students. On these demands convention decided to participate in all India march to parliament to be organized by SFI CEC on 26th February, 2015.