On the eve of completion of one year of Rohit Vemula’s institutional murder SIO Al Jamia observed Campus Resistance Day. In this regard SIO urdu unit organized a Nukkad Sabha (Corner Meeting) at IT corner. Students were holding placards depicting issue based numerous slogans. In his inaugural speech, Osama Akram (President-SIO urdu) provided the audiences with informative side of Vemula’s institutional murder. He said “this institutional murder profoundly denotes the increasing authoritative racial fascism in Indian universities. Mr. Shibli Arsalan zaki addressed the students as chief guest of this meeting. During his analytical talk he said that the social justice in educational sphere is not linked with right wing organizations only. He also shed light on “officially undeclared left-right alliance” over caste and religion based issues. Putting on special emphasize on struggle for democratization of education, he urged the students to favor their best. Congratulating the inquilabi youth of al jamia, he said “this struggle must be enthusiastically carried forward making it sharper and faster.”
SIO samvedanavedi staged a comedy skit at Students Square titled ‘how to commit suicide?’ to criticize the present situation of dalits and minorities in campuses. Fayiz PT and Irfan Kottaparambam presented this skit and exposed the right wing politics in educational institutions.
SIO Mallappuram in collaboration with SIO Al Jamia conducted a Book Talk. V. Hikmatullah (Asst. Professor Calicut University) was the chief guest. In his lecture he stressed on the discrimination were being exercised in campuses on the basis of caste and religion. K. Asharaf (Research Scholar at Johannesburg university) discussed the vacuum of cultural capital in Kerala’s Muslim society. As the guests C. Ahmed Fayis, Jabbar Chungatara, Faheem Kottakkal, Raqeeb TC and Anneesurrahman were also present there.
January-17 is the martyrdom day of Rohit Vemula who was institutionally forced to commit suicide for his so called dalit identity. This suicide was actually a manifestation of increasing authoritative fascism of government at center. This suicide also resonated as the shrinking space of right to dissent and right to rise. On this resistance day revolutionary students of SIO intended to make this struggle against social injustice more fast and more sharp.