JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar, a member of the CPI’s All India Students Federation (AISF), Sunday said “fractures” among Left organisations had led to the rise of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) in the university.
Kumar made the comments while speaking at a symposium on ‘The assault on thought’, organised by the Safdar Hashmi Memorial Trust (SAHMAT).
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“Since everyone here today has stressed on the importance of Jai Bhim-Lal Salaam, I will also point out its importance. At JNU, we discussed how to increase the solidarity between Ambedkarite and Left student parties. The Left Progressive Front — a collection of smaller Left and Ambedkarite groups — was an attempt at this. Unfortunately, this party was dubbed an opportunist party and all the Left student wings contested elections independently and antagonised one another. This allowed the ABVP to benefit from the fractures and gain power in JNU,” said Kumar.
Referring to the ‘Occupy UGC’ movement, he said these “fractures” were the reasons the movement had not been able to strike at the core issues successfully. Kumar concluded by saying that the unity of the ideologies of Bhagat Singh, B R Ambedkar, Jyotiba Phule and Mahatma Gandhi were required to combat communal forces.
Quoting Gandhi, he said, “The freedom of expression is the basic essence of democracy.”
Other speakers at the event included senior Supreme Court lawyer Chander Udai Singh, former JNUSU president and JNUTA member Rohit Azad and DUTA president Nandita Narain.