Do We Need Student Political Parties in Colleges?
As a kid, one thing I do regularly was to listen to the local news that was aired in the All India Radio at 6.15 pm read usually by the famous news reader P Ramachandran. At that age all I cared listening to the news was to know if the government has declared a holiday for the schools next day due to strike/protest by student wing of the political parties. I remember getting tons of holidays during my school days, thanks to the meaningless fights these student organizations resort to.
Almost every political party in the state of Kerala has a student wing where they train there future leaders. The blog post “Thus a Goonda was Born” and reading the comments for that post made me think – did the student political activity in the campus for the last 25 years or so achieved anything for the student community in particular and society in general?
In the last 25 years we have seen a handful of deaths of young people in the name of campus politics. The dead become a martyr for the political party and political parties use his death to gain political mileage. Again if you see the issues these fights and death occurred it may be intra gangor other silly issues and nothing to do with the real student issues.
Modus operandi of all these parties – disrupt the classes, take out possession that usually culminates in throwing stones or setting fire to public properties this causing heavy lose to state exchequer. Even if all these students take law in their own hand I have never seen any one getting punished. In fact the student leaders who participate in such unlawful activities get promotion in the party or get a ticket to fight the elections.
Seriously in the last 25 years did student organizations do anything worthwhile? They have destroyed tons of buses/cars/other public properties, disrupted the normal functioning of the classes obeying their political masters and not with the interest of students in their heart. I have seen huge strikes to abolish “Pre-Degree Board” which got implemented as “Plus Two”. There were strikes against self financing colleges but they are there at every nook and corner of the state now.
What do you guys think? Did student political movement in the campus based on political parties achieved anything for the students or is it a handle in the hands of political parties to expand their base?