Article 14: Ladai Barabari Ki – Stand Up for Equal Rights

 

SAHMAT

Renowned and popular Dalit bands and artistes will be performing in Delhi on the eve of the march to Parliament House, organised by various Dalit organisations and workers' associations under the aegis of Dalit Swabhiman Sangharsh. Prakash Ambedkar, national leader of Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh (BBM), and Bezwada Wilson, founder and national convener of Safai Karmachari Andolan (SKA), will also be present.

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Music conveys what slogans and speeches can't. A new set of Dalit groups and artistes are now emerging, who unhesitatingly convey their experiences, grievances, anger as well and hope and expectations of all that they see around them.

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JNUSU Elections: The myth of Left Unity and the upsurge of the Oppressed

 

C Ahamed Fayiz

c ahamed fayiz"It is your claim to equality which hurts them. They want to maintain the status quo. If you maintain your lowly status ungrudgingly, continue to remain dirty, filthy, backward, ignorant, poor and disunited, they will allow you to live in peace. The moment you start raising your level, the conflict starts". ~ Dr B. R Ambedkar

After the alliance of the left parties AISA and SFI in the campus swept all four seats in its students' union (JNUSU) elections, reports and analysis are coming out on the victory of the left over ABVP and in another sense victory of Marxism over Hindutva. In a move that was seen as an 'ideological compromise', Communist Party of India (Marxist) affiliated Students' Federation of India (SFI) and All India Students' Association (AISA), the student wing of the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist), decided to form a 'united front' to fight the JNUSU elections this time.

The alliance won all the four posts that include president, vice president, general secretary and joint secretary of JNUSU while the two year old Birsa Ambedkar Phule Students Association (BAPSA) challenged the hegemonic politics of both left and right wing students organisations in the campus through a close fight. For the post of president Rahul Sonpimple of BAPSA gained 1545 votes and lost against AISA–SFI alliance by a margin of just 409 votes. Mohit from AISA has been declared the president having secured 1954 votes. Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) which after the gap of 14 years, in 2015, managed to win one out of the four posts, was completely decimated this year. It even lost all seats of councilors. However final results show the strong support ABVP has managed to garner in the campus which cannot be underestimated. Had it not been for the left alliance they would have managed to secure at least two posts in the central panel who finished second for the post of vice president and general secretary.

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Kabali has roared: Why BAPSA was the real winner of the JNU student polls

 

Dhrubo Jyoti

I have never been a big fan of presidential-style debates or Jawaharlal Nehru University. The former almost always reduces social justice to grandstanding and the number of hunger strikes while the latter takes itself too seriously as the citadel of equality, never mind the festering casteism, sexism and homophobia.

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Therefore, when I managed to sneak into the university's south Delhi campus last Wednesday, I had little hope of a politically engaging process. For the most part, the debate scraped the bottom of the barrel – dominant caste men hid their caste, shouted at Dalit men; men ordered women to sit down, parties wrangled with each other's history as if anyone had a clean slate, and gender justice was bandied about like some meaningless word. A progressive candidate even expressed his support for the army.

But the night was saved, for me, by the perceptible influence that the historic and powerful campaign by the Birsa Ambedkar Phule Student Association had left on campus politics and other presidential candidates.

For the first time, political parties are trying to read up Ambedkar, talking about him in their speeches, mentioning his politics, even appending jai bhim to everything they do.

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SIO JNU stands with BAPSA: Vote for the politics of Social Justice

 

SIO JNU

The JNUSU elections of this year is important not only because it is under a tyrannical regime in the centre we are in, but it is also a time when large forms of resistance movements are getting strengthened across the country. The key speciality of these movements is that it is not from the mainstream parties that these movements arise but from the various groups which demand for social justice and dignity. Starting with the movement for the justice for Rohith Vemula to the recent Dalit uprisings in Una in Gujarat clearly shows the vibrancy of these political initiatives. Once we come into the campus politics, one should see this political shift along with the change in demographic patterns of Dalits, Muslims and the Oppressed communities as a paradigm change happened with the Mandal committee recommendations. At the same time, an analysis of the current political scenario in JNU will give us both an insight into the drawbacks of the current left politics, which is characterized more by unity rather than contradiction with its so called opposite; and on the other side, it will also show the prospectsoffered by the allies of social justice.

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The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the official vanguard of Brahmanism in the campus, is continuing with their heinous propaganda to divert public attention from the social justice politics into mere nationalism discourse. At the same time, the left is also not ready to attend the questions of social justice and they keep on branding any assertions from the marginalised sections as communal or sectarian. In other words, if the marginalized sections organize themselves for the cause of social justice, the Leftists will also start to call them as 'communal' and 'extremists'. One can see behind this reluctance of left, their unwillingness to share their 'sacred spaces' with the students from the marginalised community. The mere use of political tokenism cannot justify the prolonged silence of left parties on muslim representation. At the same time, the left parties continue to deny the political agency of muslims, at the same time.

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Ambedkarite Students' Association (ASA), TISS, supports BAPSA

 

Ambedkarite Students' Association (ASA), TISS

Ambedkarite Students' Association (ASA) - TISS, Mumbai as a student organization firmly believes in the philosophy of Phule, Shahu, Birsa, Ambedkar, Ayyankali, etc. We are pleased to know that an Ambedkarite students' organization, Birsa Ambedkar Phule Students Association (BAPSA) is running for the JNUSU election. BAPSA is the first to contest election under the banner of Birsa-Phule-Ambedkar at JNUSU.

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The Untiring Blue: Journey of Rahul Sonpimple

 

Youth for Self and Social Change, Nagpur

Dear friends,

We, the members of Youth for Self and Social Change (YSSC)1, Nagpur, request you to vote for Rahul Sonpimple, who is contesting for president in JNU student union election 2016. Here, we, the group members would like to extend our support to Rahul as candidate for president and request your support for him in the upcoming elections and make him win as Students’ Union President of JNU. Talking about his contribution and changes which he has brought in our lives--whatever we are now, is because of him and the work he has done for our development. He is a great leader and is always ready to help people for any humanitarian cause. He is one of the founder members of YSSC, which was established in 2007 with 5 Dalit students who during their bachelors from Nagpur university started this students’ support group to help aspiring slum dwelling students. Further, the group became a motivation for other students who suffered from not getting school education, remained as dropouts at different educational levels and those about to leave school and colleges due to poverty and discrimination.

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 The idea was to bring them back to school and colleges, motivate them to pursue higher education from different universities, make them fluent in languages, prepare them for various entrance exams, prepare them for civil services and other competitive exams. It has also created an environment where students get to known new dimensions of knowledge in pursuance of opening several options before these students. However, it was never easy, since a proper place and infrastructure was not available for their service. Consequently, informal places like an open place in the public park (garden), outside libraries and different viharas (Buddha Vihara) situated at nearby neighbourhood places, were utilised as places for guiding the group with some predetermined thoughts. Its objective was to turn the naive ideas of aspiration into reality, which certainly envisioned positive changes in the students’ lives. After 9 years of group efforts and his hard work most of the students are now studying in various prestigious educational institutions, some of them are in government jobs, NGOs and other institutions. Rahul, for us is an amicable friend, a right guide and true leader.

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Rahul Sonpimple guiding students during a Sunday Activity program at Group YSSC, Nagpur

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Ensure Social Justice and Equal Opportunities in Aided College Appointments

 

Scrap the unconstitutional provisions of Direct Payment Act, 1972 Ensure Social Justice and Equal Opportunities in Aided College Appointments

raveendran press release1

raveendran press release2We welcome the move by the present LDF government to implement reservations in aided college teaching/ non-teaching appointments. It is laudable that the democratic government is putting to an end the constitutional breach and anti-reservation stance of the past 46 years. However, the benchmark adopted by the Government to implement reservation is highly condemnable and inadequate to ensure social justice. The government aims to implement affirmative action by upholding the agreement between the state and the aided college management signed during Achuta Menon government in 1972.

As per the 1972 Direct Payment Act, 50% of the appointments are reserved for the caste/community represented by the management. The present government has decided to continue with this forty six year old unconstitutional provision. It only proposes an 8% and 2% reservation for SCs and STs respectively in the remaining 50% open merit appointments. Without scraping the unconstitutional provision of 1972, the 10% reservation for SCs and STs would effectively be reduced to 5% (4% SC and 1% ST). This would mean rejecting the principle of reservations proportional to the population of SCs and STs.

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