A new student organization – Democratic Students’ Federation – has been formed in the first unit conference of SFI-JNU held on 24-25 January, 2013. The Conference adopted an Interim Programme for the new organization. The name of the new organization was decided through a referendum. 54 out of the 131 students participating in the Conference voted for the name Democratic Students’ Federation (DSF), which were the maximum votes received for any of the proposed names. The Interim Programme was also adopted unanimously by the Conference after deliberations. Along with students from JNU, the Conference was also attended by students from Delhi University, Ambedkar University - Delhi, Jamia Milia Islamia and South Asian University.
Pragoti has been tracking the political developments in Jawaharlal Nehru University over the past year. SFI-JNU, a rebel student organisation that was formed following the dissolution of the erstwhile SFI unit in the campus has over the year, won the president's post in the JNUSU elections and has, also since, involved in the formation of a new initiative for a joint struggle platform of Progressive, Democratic and Left forces. SFI-JNU has now resolved to form a new student organisationon the basis of a set of principles.This blogpost carries that message (also hosted at their website).
Two recent events forced me to reflect on the training in economics that I received in CESP both as a MA student (1995-97) as well as a doctoral student (1998-2003). The first was when the queen of England asked economists during a visit to the LSE at the height of the financial crisis in 2008 why nobody had seen it coming.
A blogpost on the results of the Jawaharlal Nehru University Student's Union Elections.
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In continuation with the ongoing debates in the Left student movement in JNU, here are some more insights from SFI activists and sympathizers in JNU
The Left movement and SFI have been undergoing a major churning in JNU over the last few days. Pragoti has already carried some of the debates within JNU SFI. A crucial question at this juncture that needs to be delved into is the future pathway of the left, democratic students’ movement in JNU. In that context, here are some more insights into various issues, including that of the Presidential Election, from a group of SFI activists and sympathizers.
"The SFI national leadership's move to dissolve the entire unit reeks of authoritarianism, a lack of appreciation of the political impulse of the students of JNU, and a violation of its own stated aims of mass organisation independence". A short blogpost on the events related to the SFI-JNU unit recently.
Recent events at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and the Delhi University showcase the implicit command of the right wing political forces in controlling the academic environment. However, this communal-casteist agenda of the Sangh Parivaar needs a comprehensive rebuff. The perspectives of the Left and Dalit-Bahujan intelligentsia have the needed intellectual capacity and argumentative rigor to show the Sangh Parivar its place in the academic world. Says Harish Wankhede in his article for Pragoti.
The following is the SFI's position on the recent incidents of violence in JNU