The formation of Fraternity Movement has been declared at Ambedkar Bhavan in New Delhi with the objectives of democracy, social justice and fraternity on 30th April 2017. The Fraternity Movement is a vibrant platform of students and youth to raise the slogans of social justice across the country including campus spaces. Ansar Aboobacker (Research Fellow at Aligarh Muslim University) has been elected as the national president of the movement. The elected committee’s aim is to expand the movement’s activities to 15 states in a year and conduct an advanced national convention which will elect the new leadership. The formation convention was inaugurated by Welfare Party of India (WPI) national president Dr. S Q R Ilyas. Subramanian Arumukhan (national secretary of WPI) declared the 37 member National Executive Committee while K. Ambujakshan (Secretary of WPI) declared the national leadership of fraternity movement. Rashid Hussain (federal committee member, WPI) released the flag of the movement.
The Fraternity Movement shall strive to reach out to the students and youth with the messages of democracy, social justice and fraternity. It will ensure the representation and active participation of every historically marginalized section of our society to fight against injustice and inequality. The movement will formulate an ethical framework to sustain the organizational development and to maintain straightforwardness in every action. In the present scenario the movement realizes that all efforts to create a democratic system wholly based on social justice -where liberty and equality are the principle traits – are historic and emergent duty. The mission of this movement is to utilize the workforce and devotion of students and youth, the integral parts of our society, for propagation and foundation of following ideals and also in the struggles for social change. Ultimately, the movement aims at strengthening political union for social justice and quest for a new democracy. The principal themes are defined on broader and vibrant understanding of democracy, social justice and fraternity.
Democracy is a value based system which must exist in political, spiritual, cultural, social as well as personal fields beyond the levels of administration. In other words, democracy enables a plenary reconstruction of life. Liberty, participation, justice, availability of resources- these values collectively form democracy (i.e democratic values).
Democracy came to existence with the experience of socially excluded and marginalized people. Democratic experiences in India also evolved through the same modus operandi. It is solely through the prolonged struggles for social justice which has shaped the present democratic politics in the country. In India, caste, religion, wealth, gender, language and region have always been the grounds of exclusion and infliction. Addressing the problems of these discriminatory grounds, we have to enter into the neo-democratic political issues and thus to raise them as politics of social justice.
The movement highlights ideologies like political democracy, social democracy, cultural democracy, economic democracy and understands the endeavors to attain these ideals as our significant responsibility. Inclusive democracy, respect of difference, cultural self-determination, democratic redistribution of resources- these kinds of slogans will be raised and will firmly resist hegemonic politics in all its forms.
The notion of social justice is well understood by the movement in the level of participation of power, position, resource and wealth and alleviation of injustice and violence in their distribution. The roots of social justice arise from the ideas of liberty and equality. These values are themselves expressed through the concepts such as caste-less society, freedom to keep self-respect, freedom of faith, gender justice, eradication of economic-regional divides, distribution of resources and administrative participation. Social justice can be imagined through two distinct means- democracy and fraternity. Obviously, the biggest challenge before us is that a large majority of people in the country are deprived of social justice and democracy. Discriminatory practices are prevalent in land like physical capitals and also in education like ideological level. The issue of social justice could only be confronted in a way which democratically addresses different political factors like caste, religion, wealth, gender, and region and so on. Molding of discrimination-less society- that is what the movement stands for.
Citizens and an administrative system solely based on justice are inevitable factors for social sustainability, formation of a fearless society, intellectual advancement and development of civilization. Fraternity and co-existence -which connects different groups of the society together- are essential for the existence and formation of a social structure where social justice based democracy dawns. We have to cooperate each other for maintaining life, wealth, reputation, belief, privacy, health and education and to respect rights of each. Then only safe relations are formed in a society.
The movement understands that fraternity is the common relationship among human beings beyond any differences. Hence the movement enables the students and youth to stand against every hurdle in the achievement of unconditional fraternity such as caste hierarchy, communal polarization, blind nationalism, regional discrimination, unjust regionalism, religious hatred, misogyny, racial hatred, gender injustices, anti-worker conscience and anti-poor policies.
The movement comprehends that two kinds of fraternal relationships in the society are much vital. Firstly, as a human being, it is the fraternal sense persuading to cooperate and assist all human beings in their sufferings and crises. And this fraternity can be briefly defined as social relation that convinces the efforts for the emancipation, advancement and justice of inflicted, oppressed, marginalized people as our duty. Secondly,cooperation and coexistence among the victims of justice denial and discrimination on the grounds of caste, religion, gender, region, language, race etc.
The idea of unification against hegemonic politics has to be realized refraining from the internal ideological differences for time being (not entirely) and debating on those differences constructively. And as an outcome of these debates, apart from all diversities a mutual understanding should be formed and this should persuade to stand against hegemonic powers for justice and rights of all. Mutual relation based on self-criticism makes this union more meaningful. Along with criticizing the time we are living, incompleteness and contrasts of society, and denial of justice one should have the willingness to evaluate the role played by him and correct himself. This runs relations. Fraternity is a human relation that can enclose both self-criticism and critiquing the other. The fraternal unity of marginalized should create a polemic atmosphere and thus to establish justice.
The national leadership consists of the President: Ansar Aboobakar (AMU, UP), Gen Secretary : Shariq Ansar (Jharkhand), Vice Presidents: Jinamitra (kerala) and Rohina Khatoon (West Bengal), Secretaries : Prof Aaquib (Maharashtra), Waseem RS (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi), Maseehuzaman Ansari (Uttar Pradesh), Basima (Tamil Nadu) and Secretariat members : S Irshad (Kerala) and Monduram Haldar (West Bengal).
It is the need of hour to find larger platforms of unity, solidarity and fraternity among the whole population to contemplate over existing challenges to the above mentioned themes and to sort out possible methods of socio-political empowerment. The Fraternity Movement shall ensure the struggle against every hegemonic structure in the country with aim of ensuring proportional representation and social justice.