The general budget has again proved to be full of rhetoric of inclusive growth while in terms of concrete outlay there is nothing that sets it apart from the anti-student and anti-people framework, which has become the feature of the current UPA government. While economic survey claimed that the impact of economic recession no longer exists, Finance Minister’s speech signaled that the impact is here to stay in the form of austerity measures and subsidy cuts. The excessive zeal to satisfy the foreign capital was clearly seen in the manner in which FDI and FIIs were shown as indispensable for co…

Read more: Empty Rhetoric and hollow claims! Expose this anti-student and anti-people Budget!

The 17-year long fight for justice by the victim of the Suryanelli gang rape case now stands at an important turning point. The horrendous incident of gang rape, in which a 16-year old schoolgirl from Suryanelli in Idukki district, Kerala, was duped by a friend, held captive, taken to several places and raped by several men over 42 days, had occurred in January-February 1996. The Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) government of the day did not prosecute the case seriously because P J Kurien, a prominent Congress leader, was one of those named by the victim as the rapists.

When the Left…

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Following the JNU administration’s refusal to accept any of the key demands of the student community, the latter has been forced to intensify the ongoing struggle under the leadership of the JNUSU. Sixteen students have begun Indefinite Hunger Strike, and a number of others are on relay hunger strike since yesterday night. The Academic Council of the University is scheduled to meet on the 30th of this month, and the hunger strike and other protest actions in the coming days must lead to concrete advances on a number of outstanding issues that require urgent attention and redressal. Integrating…

Read more: Press Release 24-10-2012

Build New Hostels!!
The JNUSU had called for a protest demonstration at the Dean of Students Office a few days back to press for various demands. Assurances were given then that new hostel lists would be coming out soon. At that time, out of a total of 2027 students belonging to the Priority-I (P-I) category who had applied for hostels, 617 students were yet to get a hostel. A new list did come out subsequently, according to which 136 boys have been allotted hostels. Thus, as it stands now, 481 students have not got hostels. Out of these, 389 are boys and 92 are girls. In other words, the hoste…

Read more: Onwards to the Academic Council Meeting: On Some Pertinent Issues facing the Student Community