কাশ্মীরের স্বাধীনতা তথা জাতিসত্তার আত্মনিয়ন্ত্রণের অধিকারের সমর্থনে jnuতে পোস্টার ঘিরে উত্তেজনা। এবার পোস্টার মাওবাদীদের ছাত্র সংগঠন বলে পরিচিত DSU এর। পোস্টারের কাশ্মীরের পাশাপাশি প্যালেস্তানেরও স্বাধীনতা দাবি করা হয়েছে। পোস্টার লাগানোর সঙ্গে সঙ্গেই তা সরিয়ে ফেলার নির্দেশ দেয় JNU কর্তৃপক্ষ। তবে ওই পোস্টার নাকি কয়েক মাস আগে লাগান হয়। দিল্লি বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়ের রামজাস কলেজে AVBP এর হামলার পর বিষয়টি ফের সামনে চলে এসেছে। গত বছর ৯ ফেব্রুয়ারিতে কাশ্মীর ইস্যুতেই ঘিরে JNUতে উত্তেজনা সৃষ্টি হয়। কানহইয়া , উমর, অনির্বানদের বিরুদ্ধে দেশদ্রোহিতার মামলা দায়ের হয়।
ABVP-Delhi Police Nexus stands naked!
Reclaim DU … Let’s put a stop to this hooliganism and reign of muscle raj !
Everytime the All India ‘Vanar’ Parishad (ABVP) vandalizes a campus anywhere in the country, attacks students and professors or hatches a plan along with sycophant media and state to castigate an entire academic institution, we are left astonished – is there a boundary for the monkey brigade where they stop with their vile agenda and sole program of spreading violence and terror in campuses all over the country?
On 21ST February, the uninvited shameless hooligans of ABVP stormed at a program called ‘Cultures of Protest’, organized by the English department and literary society of Ramjas College of Delhi University and attacked the organizers, abused the participants for daring to ask questions, for their endeavor to keep the culture of dissent on, for going against RSS-BJP-ABVP’s fascist project, for merely raising their support for academic debate. Not only the program was disrupted, violence was unleashed by ABVP by locking the doors of the seminar room, cutting off electricity and throwing stones, bricks, pieces of wood and iron rods which injured some students badly. To fan the mass paranoia and ignite mob fury, the ABVP goons threatened the administration with dire consequences, in case Umar Khalid’s, a research scholar from JNU, presentation on ‘War on Adivasis’ was not cancelled. And Delhi police shamelessly provided them all support by shrugging off responsibility to protect Umar and blamed the organizers. ABVP openly shouted ‘ye andar ki baat hai, police hamare saath hai’ (this is the inside story, police is with us).
Even when the organizers cancelled Umar’s presentation and held a peaceful rally in the college to register their protest, as soon as they started the next session the meaniac, frenzied goons went on a rampage on the corridors of Ramjas – assaulting women, attacking students, locking the common students and professors inside seminar room, breaking windows and chairs. The police refused to guarantee the safety of students attending the seminar and instead of taking action against ABVP mob, it shamelessly escorted the students of Ramjas outside their college. The ABVP goons celebrated their ‘victory’ and on their way tried to disrupt another event at Arts Faculty which was organised by ‘Pinjra Tod’ as a public hearing for problems faced by girls living in PGs. The attack by misogynist ABVP was tackled by Delhi Police by barricading the Pinjra Tod event, not allowing the common students to attend it. The barricades were removed later. The Ramjas seminar was a 2 day event. While it was disrupted on first day, the second day program had to be cancelled due to threats from ABVP.
Yesterday, when the university community of DU came together in protesting against the violence by Vanar Parishad, the riotous Vanars attacked the common students, faculty members and journalists with bricks, stones and hurled abuses. They thrashed their own teachers on streets and hurled abuses! In the morning itself, ABVP entered Ramjas and started beating students who were campaigning for the protest and held them captive for hours to stop them from joining the protest. The police stood as mere spectator, watching frenzied goons running amok the North Campus streets, leaving many students and teachers bleeding and injured. Still the students and teachers continued their rally to Maurice Nagar Police Station where they were continuosly attacked by ABVP in full presence of police. Police refused to register any FIR against their masters i.e. ABVP which is affiliated to RSS-BJP. Instead, the peaceful gathering was brutally lathi charged by the police without any warning and around 300 students were detained by the police in three buses and left at Hauz Khas metro station some hours later. Female students were openly assaulted and abused by male police and heavy police force was deployed in the university. The situation is still very tense in Delhi University and reports are coming of threats and violence by ABVP on common students who stay in the campus.
An important issue which this incident has raised is the rising violence by fascist forces and their ally in the form if police in the campus. ABVP goons have always attacked common students, teachers and activists in the campus and have disrupted seminars, academic programs and public meetings. They have used violence to impose their communal and fascist ideas in the curriculum. While universities are always under the threat of all anti-people governments who do not allow democratic debates in the campuses, BJP-RSS-ABVP use the methods of terror to intimidate students and teachers. The ABVP-university administration-police nexus wants to impose one single ideology upon the campus which is promoted by the current RSS-BJP regime at the Centre. We, on the other hand, believe that university should be a democratic space for multiple ideas and debates. We call upon the karmcharis, students and teachers to unite in the name of democratic culture in the university.
While ABVP calls itself a students’ organization and has controlled Delhi university students union for decades now, it has never raised any issue of the students and has always managed to win elections by money-muscle power. Instead, it plays the greatest role in attacking and intimidating the democratic and progressive organizations and individuals who raise a voice against anti-student policies of the government.
When have we ever heard ABVP protesting against abrupt fee-hike in any campus in the country? When have we ever seen them standing against casteist persecution of a dalit student by an ‘upper’ caste teacher? When have we ever heard the hooligans standing with the students against administration’s tyranny? When has anyone seen them participating in any debate? We would only be befooling ourselves if we expect anything better from the ABVP – we are still living in fools’ paradise, if we expect ABVP to allow space for healthy and democratic discussions – if we think that Saffron brigade would respect democracy and deliberation. It is a clear fight between ‘debate’ and ‘imposition’, ‘deliberation’ against ‘hooliganism’, ‘democracy’ against ‘fascism’. There is no way we can share a ‘democratic space’ with Saffron brigade as they are inherently anti-democratic and they pay heed to no other language but the language of RESISTANCE. If we are to claim our space in DU, to breathe and debate, to deliberate and not getting thrashed by Vanar hooligans – we have to build united resistance against them, decimate their last power base through debates, resistance or force – if they possess muscle and money power, we have intellect – if they have state support, we have all the students, teachers, non teaching staff of our campuses on our side – they are a group of hooligans, we are the university!
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How many lives will it take to satisfy the Brahminical ‘Collective Conscience’?
This is a War on People- Break the unrelenting silence!
“A country preparing for dawn. We grow less intelligent. For we closely watch the hour of victory” – Mahmoud Darwish
More than 30 Kashmiri youths have been murdered in two days by the Indian occupational forces as a sea of masses stormed to the funeral of Burhan Wani, a slain freedom fighter of Kashmir’s liberation movement. The PDP-BJP government of Jammu and Kashmir imposed curfews, barricaded the streets, suspended internet services to prevent people from attending the last rites of Burhan Wani and his fellow fighters. The brutal Indian occupational forces have been ransacking houses, hospital and even ambulances. 18 people have lost their sights in the vile mayhem unleashed by the armed forces. The Jammu Kashmir coalition of civil societies (JKCCS) has condemned this as a war crime of Indian occupation. Indian Occupation, laden with heinous barbarity, has left the body counts in millions over last few decades and has dehumanized an entire population. Forced disappearances, collective tortures on civilians and the families of the fighters inflicted by the occupational army are bloodcurdling. Indian state, petrified to see the number of mourners gathered to bid adieu to Burhan Wani, is engaging in another round of killings and has claimed 23 lives so far.
On the other hand, six Dalit and Adivasi villagers, including a two years old child, have been murdered in Orissa in cold blood. In the name of combating ‘Maoists’, Indian state is committing genocide of Adivasis and Dalits and has carried out ‘Operation Green Hunt’ to facilitate the loot of resources and to suppress people’s movement. An extermination project called ‘Operation 2016’ has been launched by the Fascist RSS-BJP government in Bastar to further suppress the people. The state is waging a bloody war against the people with absolute impunity and without any witness. Everyday persecutions, rape, killing, scouring villages and hounding of democratic rights activists, journalists expose the fallacy of this ‘largest democracy’.
The so called left and progressive sections so far have maintained an unrelenting silence. Also, some have not only dubbed the struggling masses as “infantile youths, swayed to a wrong path” but have condemned Kashmir’s freedom movement using venomous Islamophobic rants. Through narratives of ‘human rights violations’, ‘removal of AFSPA’ and ‘fairer justice system’, these sections maintain a silence on this atrocious occupation and attempt to dilute the democratic aspirations of the people of Kashmir. Some ‘left’ sections have even shamelessly appropriated and distorted the essence of the slogan of azadi which has been echoing in the streets and villages of Kashmir since Indian occupation.
It needs to be understood that these felonies committed by Indian armed forces are brutal expressions of this occupation. DSU deems that ‘scraping AFSPA’ is no solution but certainly a limited demand, Azaadi being the only panacea. DSU calls upon the progressive and democratic sections to stand against Indian occupation in Kashmir, Manipur, Nagalim, etc and raise their voices against the heinous crime committed by Indian state on oppressed nationalities, exploited classes, Adivasis, Minorities and Dalits.
Salute to all the Martyrs of Kashmir Freedom Movement!
Stop Operation Green Hunt … End War on People…. Scrap draconian laws like AFSPA, UAPA!
Right to Self determination, long live!
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(Published by Delhi University Unit of Democratic Students’ Union)
Stop Akhil Bharatiya Vanar Parishad (ABVP) goondas from vandalizing Universities!
A case has been registered at the Maurice Nagar police station against the DUSU president Satender Awana for physically attacking Vineet Mehta, Director of physical Education of SRCC on 14th June, Tuesday. When Awana was stopped by Mehta, faculty of physical education from using college swimming pool illegally, he resorted to physical abuse along with his monkey gang. Earlier Awana’s name also came in dowry harassment and attempt to murder case. The incident at SRCC is a part of growing saffron-unrest in universities at large. ABVP-DUSU goondas have been ransacking Delhi University. DUSU always stood against the students in their struggles and had always been stooge of the state, under both NSUI and ABVP. The monkey brigade of ABVP has only created nuisance in the university and attacked democratic voice of students. Left and democratic student activists have been brutally attacked by the fascists number of times and even teachers were not spared. Recently, activists of DSU and other organizations were physically attacked by the ABVP goons in Ramjas College while campaigning for Save DU program. When Prof. Mukul Mangalik, faculty of the college, came in support of students, he was threatened by the gang. The same gang attacked members of SFI last year, yet no action was taken against them even after complain was lodged). KYS activists were attacked by ABVP goons during a protest demonstration while the attackers were blatantly shielded by the principal. And let us not forget absolute rumpus created by the hooligans in DU during the screening of Muzzafarnagar Baaki hay, last year. Recently ABVP and DUSU goons physically attacked Prof. G.N Saibaba, when he went to his college,RLA, after he was released by the court from Jail after almost two years of imprisonment . The Goondaism of the DUSU reached a level after Fascist BJP-RSS government came to power.
The character of ABVP is not unknown to the student community. The despicable role of ABVP in the suspension of five Dalit scholars in Hyderabad Central University and then in the institutional murder of #RohithVemula, which enraged the entire country. Their politics of lie and hatred have been mottled by the student community of #HCU. At a time when we see an upsurge of students’ movement in our country, as the present RSS-BJP government has unleashed series of attacks on the students and is planting its ‘students’ wing’ in campuses to vandalize them. In order to divert attention from the brewing protest against the government for HCU incident, RSS-BJP attacked JNU, slapped students with sedition charges, branded students as ‘Anti-Nationals’ and ran media trial against the university. Even soon after 9th February incident, when students of Delhi University gathered in large numbers in solidarity with #JNU students outside Arts Faculty of DU, ABVP and DUSU hooligans appeared there to disrupt the protest demonstration. Comrades of #PinjraTod movement and some women students were severely injured during the attack. Not only that, ABVP attacked a program organized to remember the life of the great revolutionary, Bhagat Singh on his martyrdom day. Yet the Saffronist goons shamelessly try to appropriate #BhagatSingh. The monkey brigade planned similar event at #JadavpurUniversity, Kolkata over screening of a documentary film, but the students of JU foiled the saffronist ploy.
DUSU has been used by the RSS to spread venoms in our university to further their agenda of Saffronization. In the month of January, RSS organized a seminar on ‘Ram Mandir issue’ with the help of DUSU to escalate its fascist movement. The ABVP-DUSU had always worked against the interest of the students of #DU, as seen during militant struggle against #FYUP-#CBCS but brazenly claim credit for the same. Even in the ongoing movement led by #DUTA against draconian #UGCGazette2016 and #API, ABVP led DUSU has supported the government. The recent Gazette has not only increased workload of the permanent teachers and worsened the Teachers-Students ratio, but the ad-hoc and guest teachers would be the worst affect, who are already deprived of professional entitlements and will lose their jobs because of unavailability of work.
DSU condemns the attack on Dr. Mehta by DUSU president and his monkey brigade. The attack on Dr. Mehta should be seen as a part of saffron hooliganism across campuses. #DSU calls upon the student community of DU to stand together against DUSU-ABVP goondaism and saffron onslaught on the university, in order to establish democracy in our University.
CONDEMN BRUTAL ATTACK ON MANIPUR TRIBAL FORUM!
DOWN WITH RACIST BARBARIC DELHI POLICE!
On 7th June , Manipur Tribal Forum had organized a protest against three bills, outside Manipur Bhawan against the Chief Minister of Manipur, Okram Ibobi Singh’s visit to Delhi, where the protesters were brutally attacked by the Racist Delhi police with batons and water cannon.
During the attack, six protesters have been fatally injured and almost sixty were severely wounded. Protesters, even those with injuries were detained in Chanakyapuri police station and mercilessly beaten up, while others were hospitalized with injuries in head and chest.
Attacking Students and protesters in general, have been ritualized by Delhi police, when recently the protesters were fiercely attacked during the Occupy UGC movement and brutally beaten up protesters, marching for justice for Rohith Vemula along with RSS goons. In the recent times, there has been a surge of Racist attacks on the students and residents from Manipur, Nagaland, Africa and other places. Delhi Police have completely failed to book the perpetrators of these Racist attacks but the barbaric police came down heavily on the peaceful protesters.
DSU with strongest possible words condemns this planned assault on the democratic right of the people to protest and vicious attack by Delhi Police on the protesters. DSU stands with the protesting people of Manipur in their every democratic struggle, including against Indian occupation.
INTENSIFY THE STRUGGLE AGAINST UGC GAZETTE REGULATIONS, 2016
Join Protest demonstration by DUTA ON 6th June at UGC from 9:30 am!
Teachers in Universities and colleges across the country have been fighting against the manner in which academic performance of teachers are being calculated through a system called Academic Performance Indicator (API) which was introduced by UGC in its 2010 Regulations. API system will calculate the performance of the teachers in quantifiable terms and these assessments are linked to their promotions. It was withdrawn after facing massive resistance from the teaching community in 2013 but it was re-introduced. The system takes no account of the infrastructural inadequacies of public institutions and it would adversely impact the promotion prospects of thousands of teachers. It does not take into account the amount of time spent for the preparation of teaching beyond workdays and work hours and reduces teaching into a “corporate-model professionalism”. Given these criticisms and mounting pressure, Nigaverkar Committee was formed to look into this matter among other issues in July 2015 by Ministry of Human Resource Development. It is reported that the committee submitted its recommendations to the regulatory body in early 2016. The committee has not only legitimized the existing API system but also introduced more aggravations.
The Gazette Notification of Third Amendment to UGC Regulations, dated May 10th 2016, has incorporated Nigaverkar Committee recommendations in it. The Amendment notification of UGC, 2016 includes changes in the working hours of teachers. The UGC Regulations 2010 under the section “workload” states that “direct teaching-learning process hours per week” will be 16 hours for Assistant Professors and 14 for Associate Professors and Professors and lectures and tutorials are both counted as “direct teaching-learning contact hours”. The Amendment notification of 2016 increased the working hours of Assistant Professors from 16 to 24 hours under two sections: 18 hours for lectures and 6 hours for tutorials, from 14 to 22 (16 hours for lectures and 6 for tutorials) hours for associate professors and from 14 to 20 hours (14 for lectures and 6 for tutorials) for professors.The amendment also points out that tutorials can no longer be put in the same category as lectures (in direct teaching-learning contact hours) but have to be marked out separately. Though it was pointed out by an earlier UGC notification that with the increase in the numbers of students, “the tutorial sessions originally which are envisioned with groups of 4-5 students, now effectively include 16 to 20 members thus qualifying as full-fledged teaching workload”. The weightage carried by practical classes have been reduced to half of that which is carried by lectures in terms of workload per hour.So there will be a steep increase in working hours in science departments.Nearly 50 percent of the existing teachers in all universities would be rendered redundant and it would drastically curtail numbers of vacancies and posts because of the increase in the workload of teachers holding permanent positions. The worst affected will be the ad-hoc and guest teachers who are already deprived of professional entitlements and will lose their jobs because of unavailability of work.
The workload per day for assistant professors would be 4.8 hours including both lectures and tutorials, 4.4 hours and 4 hours for associate professors and professors when there are five working days in a week. It clearly shows that the workload in 2016-UGC regulations does not take into account hours of preparation that lectures and tutorials (which have now become equally demanding as lectures due to the increase in the number of students) require and also hours spent by teachers to produce quality research work. This UGC notification says that points would be awarded on the basis of publications made in UGC recognized journals and accounted for promotions. It would severely harm the quality of teaching in higher education.It is an attempt to promote specific areas of research by limiting the number of journals in which one can publish for the advancement of his/her professional career and to discourage those research works which challenge the ideology of those who are in power by making them irrelevant in terms of getting promotion or employment. True to its ideology, ABVP, the students organization of RSS, has welcomed the regulations of UGC.
The fascist forces are constantly attacking and attempting to saffronize the educational institutions of this country by placing their stooges in key positions in these institutions. Students movements are rising up across the country, FTII, IIT-Madras, HCU, JNU, AU, BHU, etc, against these fascists diktats.The government’s attempt, through this amendment, is to make structural changes in higher education to further advance the neo-liberal policies with the sole agenda to sell education as a commodity and at the same time saffronize the educational institutions. The forceful introduction of semester system in Delhi University, FYUP and CBCS, API system and UGC regulations of 2016 which not only severely affects the teachers but also students are attempts, guided by neoliberal policies of the state, to destroy the education institutions of this country. Against the UGC notification, Delhi University Teachers Association called for a mass boycott of evaluation duties and took out a march. Democratic Students’ Union stands in solidarity with DUTA in its struggle against anti-teacher and anti-student UGC regulations.
DSU firmly stands against this government’s design to saffronize higher education and sell education. Students-Teachers Unity Long Live !
Long Live Naxalbari!
49 years of Naxalbari Movement- Naxalbari Ek hi Rasta!!!
Spring thunder crashed over Indian subcontinent when peasants of Naxalbari of North Bengal began a militant struggle against landlords and seized land and food grains in 1967. CPI(M) leaders who were in power tried to pacify the situation and United Front government of West Bengal attempted to diffuse the people’s movement by announcing token land reforms. When they failed to do so, Jyoti Basu, the then Home Minister of West Bengal deployed police to suppress it. On 25th May 1967, police killed nine women and children in Naxalbari. The struggle intensified, people’s courts were established and tea garden workers also came out in solidarity. A large number of paramilitary personnel were deployed in the region and the movement was crushed. Thousands of struggling peasants were killed and arrested. Jangal Santhal was arrested, Charu Mazumdar who was leading the movement and Kanu Sanyal went into hiding. Tribheni Kanu, Sobhan, Ali Gorkha Majhi and Tilka Majhi were martyred. Revolutionaries in Kolkata took up a massive campaign in support of the Naxalbari uprising and against revisionism of the CPI(M). Simultaneous to the police action against those speaking in support of the movement, leading members of CPI(M) like Ashim Chatterjee, Parimal Das Gupta, Asit Sen, Suniti Kumar Ghosh, Saroj Datta,Sushital Roy Chowdhary and Mahadev Mukherjee who were fighting against CPI(M)’s revisionism were expelled. CPI (M)’s Darjeeling district committee and its Siliguri sub-divisional committee were dissolved. Naxalbari’s spark set the revolutionary fires in other districts like Birbhum, Debra-Gopiballavpur, Mushahari and Lakhimpur-Kheri. It spread like prairie fire to Srikakulam, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Punjab, U.P, Tamil Nadu and many other parts of the Indian subcontinent. Naxalbari emerged as an ideological answer and established the revolutionary essence of Marxism in the Indian subcontinent when revisionism of CPI and CPI(M) distorted the Marxist ideology. It showed a new path when the great debate between Communist Party of China (CPC) and Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU) was happening, when Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution exposed the distortion of Marxism and revisionism of CPSU, when students and workers revolt shook France, when militant Black and women’s movement was happening in US, when Vietnam was waging a war against US imperialism and when national liberation struggles were being waged in many underdeveloped countries. Though the movement was crushed due to some tactical errors and massive offensive by the enemy, Naxalbari showed the path to revolution and exposed the revisionism of CPI and CPI(M). Naxalbari clearly rejected the revisionist line that India is a capitalist society with feudal remnants, established that India is semi-feudal semi-colonial society and opposed the model of peaceful transition to socialism posed by revisionists. It theorized a clear line on the struggle against Caste aggression and said no revolution is possible without annihilating caste and vice versa. It also brought to the fore that India consists of many nationalities and supported the right to self-determination including secession. The exploitative nature of Indian state and ruling classes against which Naxalbari movement started in 1967 hasn’t changed. Poverty, hunger, unemployment, exploitation and oppression are rampant in the subcontinent. Naxalbari represents the dream of creating a classless society where everyone would have equal access to basic necessities of life and all other resources. The people who carry forward this dream today are being brutally repressed by the state. Social and economic disparities have greatly increased due to neoliberalism and along with state repression, these have intensified the class struggle in the society. Naxalbari becomes relevant more than ever as it showed that there is no middle path in the class struggle and only the victory of the proletariat can bring relief to the humankind. It should be remembered that Naxalbari saw a huge participation of students and youths and despite heavy repression, they stayed at the forefront of the movement. Today we see that there is a continuous attack on students and teachers, workers, peasants, adivasis, dalits, religious and racial minorities are witch-hunted on the one hand and on the other hand, Operation Green Hunt is being carried out brutally to facilitate the loot of resources and to suppress the people’s movement. We are also witness to the vicious conspiracy of the fascist forces to term any student or any democratic organization, which opposes the anti-people policies of the state, as anti-national. Diktats are being issued that students should stay away from progressive politics and become slaves to the system. Naxalbari is a historic answer to this kind of propaganda, when students in huge numbers revolted against the state, organized masses in towns and villages and sacrificed their lives to participate in the heroic struggle of the people to bring about a radical transformation in the society and put an end to all forms of exploitation. The time has come to intensify the ongoing students’ movement against the attack of the fascist forces on people and against the neo-liberal policies of the Indian state with courage and determination taking inspiration from Naxalbari. The ruling Class day-dreamt to brutally crush Naxalbari’s legacy. But more than extinguishing it, today, after 49 years the fire from that small village has spread all over India. Petrified by the Revolutionary Movement, the ruling class calls it the ‘biggest problem of internal security’ and carrying on brutal offensive in various forms like fake ‘encounters’ and witch hunting. The road of Naxalbari is the only panacea – the only road to build exploitation free society. Democratic Students’ Union on the 49th anniversary of Naxalbari resolves to forge unity of students with working class, peasants, oppressed castes, oppressed nationalities, racial and religious minorities and all progressive sections in the struggle to build a democratic society.
DEFEAT FASCIST FORCES, DEFEAT REVISIONISM .LONG LIVE REVOLUTION !