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“Save Campus Save Democracy” held in Bangalore

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Creative and sensitive campus are the invaluable assets of this country. It is the platform for promoting values of our democratic system. It encompasses plurality of our culture and the differences within and is showcases the epoch of our principle, Unity in diversity. It keeps a vigilant eye on day to day events and raises eyebrows to protect the sanctity of the country. The changing governments, for their political mileage are violating the fundamental principles of our constitution, and thus to protect the democracy, campus is playing an integral part. But unfortunately, today these very campuses are being presented as gullible. The students who are protesting and criticizing the government are being portrayed as Anti-Nationals. Having a difference of opinion and thoughts, is being called as crime. The student forum and organisations who discuss the issues facing the country and those who question the government are being neutralized. The students who protest have been subjected to police brutality and threat of Anti-national cases against them, these are the tactic used to break their faith in Judiciary.

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The brutality and pressure of our system has led to a suicide of a Dalit student, in the largest democracy of the world. In the universities the dalits, socialists and the minorities are subjected to similar discrimination.

The cases of Hyderabad Central University, IIT-Madras, FTII, Banaras Hindu University, JNU, NIT-Srinagar is in front of us. The central government has decided to sign WTO- GATTS in the higher education. The brutality and pressure of our system has led to a suicide of a Dalit student, in the largest democracy of the world. In the universities the dalits, socialists and the minorities are subjected to similar discrimination. The Scholarship fees is blocked, barricading all opportunity to present research articles, withholding their research papers, rejecting their research papers after three years, not giving their proper guidance and tutelage, reducing their internal marks or if the student is active in organisational activities there are growing instances where they are suspended and expelled.

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JNU is a world renowned institution. It has its alma matter in all fields such as Economics, Social Sciences, Historians, Educationist and Political thinkers who we as a country are very proud of. The reason is simple; it has an environment of promoting independent thinking and nurturing different thoughts, people’s concern, social movement and is a beacon for backward class. The university with such rich history and tradition is being termed as battleground for anti-nationals clearly shows their political ambition behind this move.
Freedom of speech is the fundamental right that the Indian Constitution has empowered us with. No one has the right to ban the opposition, protest and questioning of an individual. Today the communal forces, single most concern are this freedom of expression. That’s the reason Ambedkar-Periyar study circle was closed down on an instance of an anonymous letter. People with different thoughts are being termed as Anti-nationals.
The lens which encompasses plural culture is being considered as unholy or impure. The people who support different thoughts and other cultural activities are being traumatized. In a nut shell, a multi-cultural, plural society is being driven towards a single- monolith culture. The three signs of communalism that is Single system, Religious intolerance and Communal Violence is rampant now in campuses, and campuses are now in an undeclared state of emergency.
There was protest demanding justice for PhD scholar Rohit Vemula, against the main culprit , the VC of Hyderabad Central University who had returned after a long vacation, that he should be sacked, in this protest the students were canned and locked up by police, this act by the government is a blot on our democracy. Similarly in Calicut, many of the students who expressed its solidarity to this movement faced similar brutality by the police.
With this background, to uphold the fundamental principles of the constitution and to fight against the institutionalized form of communalism in the campuses, the fundamental responsibility of every Indian citizen who has his faith in the democratic system. With this objective, Students Islamic Organisation of India(SIO) Karnataka held a massive protest at Town Hall, Bangalore on 9th April 2016  titled “Save Campus- Save Democracy”.

Students Islamic Organisation of India(SIO) Karnataka held a massive protest at Town Hall, Bangalore on 9th April 2016  titled “Save Campus- Save Democracy”.

Below are the demands made by the organisation:

  • Pass Rohith Vemula Act to protect the rights of Dalits and Minorities.
    • Dismiss all the cases which have been put up against the innocent students.
    • Sack Mr APPA Rao Podile, the VC of HCU who is responsible for the death of Rohit vemula.
    • Rohit Vemula’s suicide has shown the incompetency of MHRD, thus Mrs Smriti Irani doesn’t have the moral right to continue. She should immediately resign from MHRD.
    • The police who attacked the students who were peacefully protesting should be immediately dismissed actions should be taken against the perpetrators.
    • Research student’s rightful stipend should be immediately released and government must take proper steps to ensure it.
    • Government should stop intervening in universities and universities must keep their autonomy intact.
    • All the perpetrators of Rohit Vemula’s death should be punished.
    • Government should provide special package to Rohit Vemula’s family.
    • Communalization and political interference in campus must stop.
    • Government must provide necessary arrangement to flourish democratic environment in campuses and promote constitutional values.

 

Tableau, Street play, Cultural songs were also presented. Huge turn-out of students & youths for this gathering demonstrates the gravity of the issue.

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Former AMUSU President Mr Abdullah Azzam , SIO Karnataka President Mr Labeed Shafi,  Political activist Mr Akbar Ali, Writer & Social Activist Mr. Mangalur Vijay , Women’s Activist Mrs  Tasneem Farzana , along with other student leaders also addressed the gathering.

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