Tuesday, June 21, 2016

India - struggle against attack on Universities and support hunger strike of Soni Sori -ICSPWI info

In solidarity with the ongoing hunger strike in UoH against the farcical suspensions of Prof. Ratnam and Prof. Tathaghata!-BASO

Ensure ‪#‎JusticeForRohith‬! Punish the killers of Rohith
If one thought the reinstatement of Appa Rao, the brutal lathi charge, arrests of students and teachers, custodial torture wasn’t enough, well then it wasn’t. For the fascists, it is never enough! The RSS puppet Appa Rao led University of Hyderabad administration has suspended two prominent faculty members – Prof. Ratnam & Prof. Tathagata for their “crime” of being an active part of the movement for Justice for Rohith Vemula. In the past few days, after laying siege upon Velivada repeatedly, after defacing graffiti, posters and attempting to erase Rohith from our memory, the UoH administration has now intensified its assault upon the teachers who stood steadfast demanding the killers of Rohith be brought to the book! The dastardly decision to suspend the two has been taken by the same ‘Executive Committee’ that instituted the social boycott of Rohith and the other Dalit students ultimately leading to his institutional murder. And now the same tactic is being replicated again by Appa Rao as he faces mounting pressure from the students and teachers.
Prof Ratnam and Tathagata have been ardent voices against the authoritarian-casteist HCU administration and Appa Rao. Prof. Ratnam for the last 15 years and Prof. Tathagata for the last 5 years, have not just been teachers in the university but have been an active part of struggles in the campus – whether for social justice, against privatization of education or for workers’ rights. After Appa Rao re-entered the campus in March, both Ratnam and Tathagata had been targeted and were jailed along with 25 students. But that failed to deter or intimidate them, and after their release they took the movement far and wide across the country. Now when all insidious tactics of Appa Rao miserably failed to silence the students and teachers, the VC has resorted to an all-out brazen witch-hunt and targeting through the administrative tool of ‘suspension’.
The assault like this – suspension of two teachers by the HCU administration and on the #JusticeforRohith movement is being executed during the vacations. As vacation started, the University administration shut down hostels, stole the tents and desecrated Babasaheb Ambedkar’s images in velivada, the administration whitewashed all the walls that carried the memories of #JusticeforRohith struggle in the university campus and now this latest attack!
Since the reinstatement of Appa Rao as the VC in March, the administrative reign of terror has continued unabashedly. Let us not forget that all of this is happening in absolute patronage and tacit support of the Brahmanical Hindutva fascist government at the centre. Those responsible for the death of Rohith – Manusmirit Irani, Bhandaru Dattatreya etc are still scot free and out in open with impunity, rather in the seat of power in this “world’s largest democracy”. But, it is our struggle and fight which will ensure that culprits responsible for the institutional murder of Rohith and subsequent atrocities inflicted onto the students in UoH are brought to justice.

Condemn physical attack on Dr. Vineet Mehta, faculty of SRCC by DUSU president-DSU

Stop Akhil Bharatiya Vanar Parishad (ABVP) goondas from vandalizing Universities!
A case has been registered at the Maurice Nagar police station against the DUSU president Satender Awana for physically attacking Vineet Mehta, Director of physical Education of SRCC on 14th June, Tuesday. When Awana was stopped by Mehta, faculty of physical education from using college swimming pool illegally, he resorted to physical abuse along with his monkey gang. Earlier Awana’s name also came in dowry harassment and attempt to murder case. The incident at SRCC is a part of growing saffron-unrest in universities at large. ABVP-DUSU goondas have been ransacking Delhi University. DUSU always stood against the students in their struggles and had always been stooge of the state, under both NSUI and ABVP. The monkey brigade of ABVP has only created nuisance in the university and attacked democratic voice of students.
Left and democratic student activists have been brutally attacked by the fascists number of times and even teachers were not spared. Recently, activists of DSU and other organizations were physically attacked by the ABVP goons in Ramjas College while campaigning for Save DU program. When Prof. Mukul Mangalik, faculty of the college, came in support of students, he was threatened by the gang. The same gang attacked members of SFI last year, yet no action was taken against them even after complain was lodged). KYS activists were attacked by ABVP goons during a protest demonstration while the attackers were blatantly shielded by the principal. And let us not forget absolute rumpus created by the hooligans in DU during the screening of Muzzafarnagar Baaki hay, last year. Recently ABVP and DUSU goons physically attacked Prof. G.N Saibaba, when he went to his college,RLA, after he was released by the court from Jail after almost two years of imprisonment . The Goondaism of the DUSU reached a level after Fascist BJP-RSS government came to power.
The character of ABVP is not unknown to the student community. The despicable role of ABVP in the suspension of five Dalit scholars in Hyderabad Central University and then in the institutional murder of #RohithVemula, which enraged the entire country. Their politics of lie and hatred have been mottled by the student community of #HCU. At a time when we see an upsurge of students’ movement in our country, as the present RSS-BJP government has unleashed series of attacks on the students and is planting its ‘students’ wing’ in campuses to vandalize them. In order to divert attention from the brewing protest against the government for HCU incident, RSS-BJP attacked JNU, slapped students with sedition charges, branded students as ‘Anti-Nationals’ and ran media trial against the university. Even soon after 9th February incident, when students of Delhi University gathered in large numbers in solidarity with #JNU students outside Arts Faculty of DU, ABVP and DUSU hooligans appeared there to disrupt the protest demonstration. Comrades of #PinjraTod movement and some women students were severely injured during the attack. Not only that, ABVP attacked a program organized to remember the life of the great revolutionary, Bhagat Singh on his martyrdom day. Yet the Saffronist goons shamelessly try to appropriate #BhagatSingh. The monkey brigade planned similar event at #JadavpurUniversity, Kolkata over screening of a documentary film, but the students of JU foiled the saffronist ploy.
DUSU has been used by the RSS to spread venoms in our university to further their agenda of Saffronization. In the month of January, RSS organized a seminar on ‘Ram Mandir issue’ with the help of DUSU to escalate its fascist movement. The ABVP-DUSU had always worked against the interest of the students of #DU, as seen during militant struggle against #FYUP-#CBCS but brazenly claim credit for the same. Even in the ongoing movement led by #DUTA against draconian #UGCGazette2016 and #API, ABVP led DUSU has supported the government. The recent Gazette has not only increased workload of the permanent teachers and worsened the Teachers-Students ratio, but the ad-hoc and guest teachers would be the worst affect, who are already deprived of professional entitlements and will lose their jobs because of unavailability of work.
DSU condemns the attack on Dr. Mehta by DUSU president and his monkey brigade. The attack on Dr. Mehta should be seen as a part of saffron hooliganism across campuses. #DSU calls upon the student community of DU to stand together against DUSU-ABVP goondaism and saffron onslaught on the university, in order to establish democracy in our University.

Updates on the Current Hunger Strike of Soni Sori

Update received from JagLag
On 13th June, the Sukma police announced a successful encounter where a woman Maoist, Madkam Hidme, was killed in an encounter close to village Gompad, Konta Tehsil, Sukma district. Villagers called up yesterday to say that this was incorrect and that Madkam Hidme was not a Naxalite, but a villager, picked up from her home, gang raped by the police and then killed, and body returned to the villagers.
Today, a fact-finding team from AAP, led by Soni Sori tried to visit the village to investigate this. But the team was stopped and harassed at 4 different camps on the way, finally they were stopped and held for almost hours at the Injeram Camp on various excuses, just 10 km short of the village. Soni and others returned back to Sukma in the evening to meet the collector and SP. But no one was available at their office. ASP, Sukma Mr. Santosh Singh met the team and told them that they can’t be allowed inside without Security force personnel’s. The team then asked them to send some personnel’s with them, ASP said no one was available and so they can;t be allowed to visit the village.
Villagers on the other hand are willing to talk and are waiting with the body of the girl for the team or journalists to come and talk to them and see for themselves.
In protest, Soni and others have decided to camp/do a dharna at the collectorate itself until they are allowed to go in.
This is a request to all the journalists, civil society and other concerned people to:
1. To please call the officials to insist that the team be allowed to go in to meet the villagers.
2. To visit the village themselves and investigate the incident asap.
Via Sanhati

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