The Campus Front of India (CFI) organized a Students convention at the Town Hall here on February 14. Prior to the convention, a rally was held from the Jyothi Circle which culminated at the Town Hall premises. Various tableaux displaying missiles, Trishul, Swamiji etc accompanied the rally. The conference titled ‘Mothers Cry for Justice’ aimed at ensuring justice for Radhika Vemula, mother of Rohit Vemula, and Nafeesath, mother of Najeeb Ahmed. Vemula, a research scholar at the Central University of Hyderabad (CUH) committed suicide allegedly due to some issues with the university authorities, a year ago. Najeeb Ahmed, a student of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, went missing mysteriously from the campus on October last.
National Confederation of Human Rights Organizations general secretary, Prof P Koya, inaugurated the awareness convention. Prof P Koya, national general secretary of the National Confederation of Human Rights Organisations (NCHRO) from Kerala, appealed to the gathering to remove the wet blanket of fear that has enveloped the country. Koya said, such is the fret among the people that they have accepted demonetisation of currency notes without any protest. The judiciary and media have turned mute without mustering courage to raise the voice fearing loss of benefits in the future.
He complimented the judiciary in the United States of America (US) where a judge was pugnacious in opposing the ban on immigrants from seven Islamic nations imposed by new US President Donald Trump.
National president of CFI Shuhaib P V gave a clarion call to weed out fascism that is the enemy of not just the society but all individuals.
Shuhaib, who claimed that CFI was the first to call the suicide of Vemula as ‘institutional murder’, wanted the gathering to consider the issue of demonetisation, national education policy and also attempts to scuttle students movement as the issue of every Indian.
Jignesh Mevani Announces Setting up of Samvidhan Suraksha Samiti (SSS) to oppose RSS
Mangaluru: Jignesh Mevani, a prominent social activist from Gujarat, on Tuesday announced the setting up of Samvidhan Suraksha Samiti (SSS) to counter the influence of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangha (RSS) in the country.
Mevani, an advocate by profession & an activist also announced that it was for the first time that he was disclosing before the media about the Samiti that will have its branches in every state and district in the country. Wherever the RSS has a branch, the SSS will set up a branch, said Mevani, with the sole intention of checking the recurrence of Rohit Vemula and Najeeb Ahmed-like incidents henceforth.
Mevani launched a tirade against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and dared the latter to bring back Najeeb and also Vemula, as he often called himself as a man with ‘Chappan Inch Ka Seena’ (man with 56-inch chest).
Mincing no words, Mevani who called the RSS and other right wing organisations as emerging threats to the internal security of the country, especially after Modi became the prime minister, reminded the gathering that ‘Note Bandhi’ (demonetisation of notes), ‘Manuvad’ (proposition of religion) and the Gujarat model are three dangerous developments in the country.
Mevani termed the Gujarat model as nothing but a combination of fascism and communalism that claimed the lives of hundreds of innocent Muslims in the Godhra pogrom.
Former chairman of Karnataka State Backward Classes Commission, C S Dwarakanath, who participated as the chief guest of the programme, felt that the people should build the society on the basis of principles taught by Ambedkar, Bhagat Singh, and Tipu Sultan. “Tipu Sultan was a great patriot. In the original copy of the constitution, we can find pictures of Jhansi Laxmi Bai and Tipu Sultan, in recognition of the fact of them being great patriots. Not only Dr Rajendra Prasad, Jawaharlal Nehru and Vallabh Bhai Patel, but even the founder of Jan Sangh, Shyamprasad Mukherjee, too had signed this copy,” he stated. He however lamented the fact that the followers of Mukherjee are reluctant to accept this fact.
In his address, CFI national general secretary T Abdul Naseer said, “The country is witnessing atrocities every now and then due to which mothers have lost their children. This is due to the negligence of lawkeeping forces and improper investigation along with a corrupt system. There are several instance where justice is not being done. Today, protection of human rights is lacking. Now it is up to the students to come forward and fight for justice justice for parents who lost their children, be it Rohit Vemula or Najeeb.
“At present, Radhika Vemula and Nafeesa are seeking justice and fighting hard. We too need to extend our full-fledged support. It is our duty to support a fight for justice.
“Today, the system is such that if we raise our voice, automatically we get labeled as traitors or get killed. Govind Pansare, Dabholkar and Kalburgi were killed but the culprits are still roaming freely without any fear of law,” he said.
The students took out a mega rally to the venue of the programme from Ambedkar Circle in the city before the beginning of the convention. Former chairman of Karnataka State Backward Classes Commission C S Dwarakanath, national general secretary of CFI T Abdul Nasar, Rohit Vemula’s friend Sunganna Velpula, writer Yogesh Master and general secretary of national women’s front Lubna Minaaz were also present.