The leaflets of the SFI-JNU rebel unit speak of their wish to emerge as a platform for 'broad' Left debate and unity. Pragoti too says the same, and has been carrying both sides of the debate within the CPIM.
One thing is puzzling though.
Isn;t it rather obvious that the SFI-JNU's own views are, at least to some extent, influenced by the broader discourse in JNU, in which organisations like AISA which have a large following and which have won the elections comprehensively twice, play an undoubtedly important role, whether one agrees with them completely or no? The SFI-JNU change of stance hasn't happened in a vacuum. They did listen to other voices on the Left, and learn from them - and isn't that something we all should be doing if we're seriously concerned for the future of the left in India?
Yet it's disappointing that one can't really get a full picture of the contours of this discourse and debate from Pragoti. We are only listening to one part of the conversation on the Left. That too, a conversation where one of the participants, (the official CPIM leadership) seems to have closed its ears and mind, leaving the conversation rather one-sided. Shouldn't one start talking to others who might be more open to listen? There are other meaningful conversations that are taking place, but that are not being heard here at Pragoti... Pragoti admins should consider opening up a dialogue, at least with some of the more serious voices on the non-CPIM Left.
At least, if Pragoti is carrying SFI (official and rebel) leaflets calling AISA 'ultra left' and 'sectarian', we should get a chance to see what the AISA has to say for itself. After all, it seems JNU students have not been finding AISA to be irresponsible, anarchist, or sectarian. It must have been doing something right to generate enthusiasm and the highest ever votes in JNU - surely that can't be attributed only to anti-CPIM sentiment?
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