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Students' Federation of India (SFI), Gujarat held a discussion on 'Harmony Over Hatred'  in Ahmedabad, on Dec. 08th as part of nationwide campaign against communalism from Dec 6-19. Comrade Ashok Dhawle, former SFI leader and the present President of All India Kisan Sabha delivered the key note speech. The meeting was presided by  Comrade Nitish Mohan (Convenor, SFI Gujarat state organising committee). Thye program was also attended by Com. Arun Mehta (President, CITU - Gujarat), Pragjibhai Bhambhi (Vice President- AIKS Gujarat), members of SFI Gujarat, scholars, students, professors, and intellectuals.
 
Com Ashok Dhawle expressed that in the era of freedom struggle, Indians gave befitting reply to the British through united efforts. They showed perfect examples of communal harmony as freedom fighters from different religions fought shoulder to shoulder for the freedom of the nation. He added that Muslim League, RSS, and Hindu Mahasabha never raised voice against the British and took part in the freedom struggle. Today, RSS and BJP are misguiding the nation on communal line using the old tactic of divide and rule. He also emphasized that the Left and communists always stood firm against the British and are the thinkers of socialism. They not only showed determination but also courage to raise first voice against anti-social movements. He said that the rightwing is always feared of the Left and communists for their true patriotism. Comrade appealed people to strengthen the Left movement and uproot the Sangh motivated BJP government in the forthcoming parliamentary election in 2019. 
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"Harmony over Hatred' Campaign called by SFI Central Executive Committee has started in Himachal Pradesh with a well attended seminar organised by the State Committe today, Dec 6th, In Himachal Pradesh University, Simla. SFI All India president VP Sanu inaugurated the seminar with speaking on the onslaught on democratic rights and constitutional values by the Hindutva forces in the country. He elaborated on the attempts of saffron brigade to re-write the history of the nation with replacing the historical facts and science with myths and puranas. He reminded the need to reiterate the slogan of Aambedkar to educate, agitate and organise to protect the secular fabric of this country. There was a long session of discussion about the situation that is prevailing the country and society which has built a wall between the people and created an environment of hatred in the name of different identities such as religion and caste. State president Vikram Kaith presided over the seminar. SFI All India joint secretary Dinit Denta, Himachal state secretary Amit Takur, CEC Member Ruchika and Jeevan Takur also spoke in the seminar. More programmes will be organised as part of the campaign in coming days. HARMONY OVER HATRED campaign will continue till 19 dec. 2018.

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Assam State Committee of Students Federation of India, SFI has launched a state wide campaign against Communalism in the banner of  'Harmony Over Hatred' campaign called by the central executive committee of SFI. The campaign has aimed to adress all the attacks over the diversity of the country and the secular and constitutional values. In Assam, by various means and specifically through the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 BJP is spreading the venom of Communalism. SFI has prepared a badge   and various units will make people and students wear the badge in this period. Along with Harmony Over Hatred, SFI shall also campaign for the March to Delhi programme taken by Left and Democratic Manch, Assam and supported by SFI, Assam State Committee to be held on 28th December in Delhi. 
 
 
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SFI organised a solidarity programme with kisan march at the Gateway of India, Mumbai. As tourists reach at the Gateway of India site, they are greeted by the banner ," #StudentsForFarmers ." SFI also called upon the student community to take part in the kisan march which will be held on the 29th and 30th in New Delhi.
 
According to the report of Times of India(2017), Maharashtra touched to record a high number (2,917) of farmer suicides in 2017. Nearly half of Maharashtra declared drought hit zone. But ,it is proved that drought is not a natural crisis but man-made crisis. Basically, farmers are following the directions of the research institutes and government departments, even he has left his traditional ways of farming under these directions. It is also a part of politics to say it is an un-natural condition created by humans. We should also fix the responsibility of those who were responsible for policy matters, which had all machinery under its control, who were responsible for managing these conditions. So,this is not a suicide of farmers but murder by the system.
 
Numerous students who are coming from the drought affected agricultural families are forced to drop their studies. In this context, SFI waged different protests and campaign demanding free hostel, free bus passes, total removal of academic fee for the drought affected students.
 
"Farmers from across the country are going to assemble on the 29th and 30th in New Delhi to put forward their demand in the form of the 'Kisan Mukti March', for a 21-day Special Parliamentary Session. We also hope that the problems of students coming from drought affected or agrarian crisis hit family should be discussed in parliament. We will also launch more campaigns highlighting this  issue in coming days. We do not see the issues of farmers alien to the issues the students face these days. We both are victims of the agressive neo-liberal policies being pursued by the NDA regime. The time demands a larger unity and struggles." Said Mayukh Biswas, General secretary of SFI.