The Central Executive Committee of the Students Federation of India has made an appeal to the students community to check the attack on the democratic movement under the guise of the debate on the decision of the CPIM on the President's elections.
Students’ Federation of
Central Executive Committee
To all State Units 13-07-12
For the last few days some unwanted developments have been going on in
A meeting of the Delhi State Committee was held on 10th July at SFI Central Office. In that meeting the Delhi State Committee decided to dissolve the JNU unit and expel four state committee members for indulging in anti-organizational activities and violating the rules under the constitution of SFI. All three comrades working from the All India centre were present in the meeting.
We want to inform you about some serious incidents which took place concerning the JNU Unit. Prasenjit Bose, a former Secretary of the Delhi SFI had resigned from the CPI (M) on 22nd of June and made his resignation letter public. The letter of Bose which criticised various decisions of the CPI (M) started getting posted immediately in the cyber domain by few state committee members of SFI,
The SFI's political tradition has always been to engage on political issues arising out of confronting questions facing the student community. SFI has never indulged in going into specific decisions taken by this or that political party. We made it amply clear that it is absolutely imperative to maintain the independent character of SFI and not be overly bothered by decisions of political parties. It is clear that left sectarian tendencies which target the united and democratic character of the student movement by giving precedence in criticising the organised left have obviously created conditions for spreading confusion. And we are disarming ourselves from our political legacy by capitulating before such diversionary tactics.
The independent character of SFI has been one of its unique features. Since inception SFI have successfully championed the slogan of “study and struggle” in an effective manner in campuses throughout the country and have been vocal in issues of education and employment. Our slogan “Education for all, Jobs for all” has registered a strong appeal within the student masses of the country thereby rallying them to the fold of our movement and our organisation. Our Programme clearly states “The Students’ Federation of
There have been attempts to disrupt the organised student movement. Since the mid sixties various shades of ultra left tendencies arose among the students seeking to divorce the student movement from the general democratic movement. SFI effectively countered the disruptive theory of “Student Power” that ascribed to the student community the leadership of social revolution. These forces have strengthened anarchic trends with the single aim of disrupting and weakening the broad base united student movement. These people have always tried their best to put the cart before the horse and create utter chaos and confusion. They have been diligent in opposing the mass based activities putting the reasons forward that there are no meaning in fighting for specific agendas related to the student community. They have always taken a position that only fighting for a greater political cause will lead to social transformation which will solve all problems of the people in general and students in particular. Some of them may have joined the Parliamentary politics in the later years but their disruptive character, nature and trend continues to be the same. Till date rather than opposing the ruling classes their interest is encircled in attacking and opposing the organised left movement. These wrong tendencies have increasingly isolated them from the general student masses and they are happy to place themselves conveniently comfortable in small pockets.
Independent activities within the student community are a primary requisite to mobilise the general students on their concerned problems and demands. Through this struggles only the student community can be sensitised which ultimately leads to political radicalisation thus increasing the democratic consciousness of the students. Along with these the student movement has to keep in mind that the failure of it to establish bonds of solidarity and links through struggles with the basic class movements of the workers and the peasantry would derail it, however powerful it may be ultimately leading to its eventual dissipation.
Nowadays in the left stronghold of
Instead of expressing solidarity against such moves the interest and agenda of the ultra left still encircles round Singur-.Nandigram. They are going on speaking in the same lines of the TMC and automatically strengthening the hands of the ruling classes. While doing so they have been conveniently glossing over the hard reality that till the last day of the left rule in
These entire attitudes from the ultra left are sometimes unfortunately finding resonance within a small portion of our activists. This secretarian brand of politics definitely is a challenge before us to which we must respond in a befitting manner.
The task ahead for us is to strengthen the broad based mass movement among the students community and fight the onslaughts of neo liberal policies in the education sector. For this a commonality of approach is very necessary. Our Programme and Constitution in a befitting manner have championed this commonality and specified areas for respective strata of the organisation. Our Constitution for this very reason has created provisions for all levels of the organisation and categorically states in Rule 4(a) of the Constitution “The unit committee will have the absolute right to take decisions concerning issues at the institution level or its defined area of work, provided such decisions do not have implications which go beyond the confines of the institution or the unit’s area of work”. Similarly the Rule 4 (f) states that “The CEC will have the absolute right to take decisions on all issues of national and international concern”. Overlapping and intruding in other areas will not at all help to strengthen commonality and only create utter confusion, chaos and anarchy thereby strengthening the ruling classes and their agents. A steeling resolve to uphold our programme and constitution is the necessity of time.
The All India leadership was in
In between All India General Secretary of SFI got a call from Sucheta De, President of JNUSU and AISA leader. She informed that the JNUSU is going to organise an all
Of late the SFI activities in JNU have come to suffer a decline. Unit conference was not organised for a period of two and a half years till the last one (March 30th and 31st). The organisational decisions of the SFI were not arrived at collectively. Committee meetings were few and far between. Within the unit conference attended by the All India leadership discussion of a section of delegates also highlighted that day to day activities has been very weak and agendas concerning the students were not being taken up with a priority it deserved. Contrary to this AISA had been taking up such issues. The leadership which included the expelled also admitted these shortcomings at the conference.
The election results of the 2007 and 2012 also clearly indicate that SFI is losing its support base in the campus. In 2007 SFI candidates got 869 votes out of 3774 polled and in 2012 it was 751 out of 4637 polled. The membership graph has also been on a decline.
The committee of JNU seemed to be in a mood to act in a manner which divorced the unit from the All India organisation and its programmatic understanding. In one of all
The functioning of the
Amidst this situation four state committee members suddenly became hyper active and violating all forms of the organisation became diligent in championing ideas which are in no way directly related to the student movement and the interests of SFI. Different individuals and centres were called up and asked to stand by them. They took a role in mobilising students and guiding the EC of SFI in JNU to function unilaterally. The activity of these comrades helped to strengthen the hands of AISA, which to its political and organisational convenience extended public support to the SFI stand in JNU.
Violating Rule 4 (a) and Rule 4 (f) of the Constitution the four expelled members guided the SFI unit to adopt political lines within the university. In the state committee meeting they were asked to sight reasons for their wrong doings. They were adamant and constantly argued that their actions has been in favour of SFI. The state Committee was not convinced and proposed to expel these four people and dissolve the JNU unit. By a majority of 8-4 votes the proposal was adopted. The Delhi Committee had written a letter to CEC asking to ratify its decisions.
Those expelled, led others in JNU and declared they will go on functioning as SFI-JNU within the campus. A call was given asking other state units across the country and comrades to stand by them. Pamphlets brought out by the disruptors are getting translated in Bengali and are being circulated in parts of
The issue of Pranab Mukherjee s Presidential candidature seems to be an excuse. Broader designs to disrupt the SFI have been chalked out earlier.
We call upon our state units across the country to be vigilant in this regard and keep a close watch so that these disruptive elements are unable to create any confusion and disunity in our organisation.
With Revolutionary Greetings,
P K Biju, MP Ritabrata Banerjee