Thursday, October 08, 2009

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?

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6 Comments:

Blogger Karthikeyan said...

Brijesh,
I think the post's title and the content which leads up the poll are two different questions.

If the question is
(a) Do we need Student Wings in colleges? I think the answer is Yes. We can't be cribbing all the time about educated, middle class people being apathetic to our political process and at the sametime say we shouldn't have student wings at the same time.

(b) However, if the question is, have they done anything till now, then in most cases we would have a big NO. But that is testament to the corruption in our politics and our society in a larger sense.

The question really should be how to convert these wings into a body which is capable of using the young minds to keep questioning our political orthodoxy instead being a tool for it, and not whether we need one or not.

October 09, 2009 12:53 AM  
Blogger Brijesh Nair said...

karthik,
I understand your point. The way I made the poll was to see what people think about the achievements of the student wing of the political parties. If they have not contributed to the good of the students, then there is no need for student political parties in campus, right?

October 09, 2009 6:49 AM  
Blogger Dreamer said...

Student politics in colleges are ok and necessary so that students can become politically aware and responsible. But these parties should be absolutely independent of outside influences and should not owe any allegiance to any national party.

October 09, 2009 11:47 AM  
Blogger Ajith said...

ur right .all these political parties do more damage than good esp in Professional colleges should be banned....kerala is the only state where political parties screw up things in professional colleges !!!...how many days we wasted in the name of strike..its bullshit....

October 10, 2009 2:26 AM  
Blogger Dr. Unnikrishnan. T said...

the scenerio in kerala cannot be isolated. we have to open our eyes to the world to see what is happening.....
is west banning student movements?? relious groups? cate groups?
the answer is a BIG NO. see one of the best campus JNU has student movements (the so called SFI, KSU, ABVP are not political wings of CPM, INC or BJP). i can show examples of SFI leaders later becoming congress leaders. the thoughts at school will be different from the manhood.

every where there are groups of similar thoughts. it is better to have SFI, KSU and ABVP than the campus becoming the war field of mafia and GANGS. these gangs dont have any commitment to people or students. SFI, KSU, ABVP has their estableshed system. they care for students at least for the sake of votes in the campus election.
if we ban these student movements, then gangs will replace the movements. if it happens who will control the GANGS????

so my suggestion, all should be involved in student politicts/movements by considering thier programme and ideology. if any wrong is done by the members/leaders they shoukld correct them . ALL THESE WIYHOUT AFFECTING THE STUDIES OFCOURSE.

then nly campus will be protected and in turn our society will be protected and in turn our nation will be protected.

my last question. i need an answer for these. as a first step can all of us work to avoid caste, creed and reliogion away from society?????

October 17, 2009 5:57 AM  
Blogger Dr. Unnikrishnan. T said...

the scenerio in kerala cannot be isolated. we have to open our eyes to the world to see what is happening.....
is west banning student movements?? relious groups? cate groups?
the answer is a BIG NO. see one of the best campus JNU has student movements (the so called SFI, KSU, ABVP are not political wings of CPM, INC or BJP). i can show examples of SFI leaders later becoming congress leaders. the thoughts at school will be different from the manhood.

every where there are groups of similar thoughts. it is better to have SFI, KSU and ABVP than the campus becoming the war field of mafia and GANGS. these gangs dont have any commitment to people or students. SFI, KSU, ABVP has their estableshed system. they care for students at least for the sake of votes in the campus election.
if we ban these student movements, then gangs will replace the movements. if it happens who will control the GANGS????

so my suggestion, all should be involved in student politicts/movements by considering thier programme and ideology. if any wrong is done by the members/leaders they shoukld correct them . ALL THESE WIYHOUT AFFECTING THE STUDIES OFCOURSE.

then nly campus will be protected and in turn our society will be protected and in turn our nation will be protected.

my last question. i need an answer for these. as a first step can all of us work to avoid caste, creed and reliogion away from society?????

October 17, 2009 5:57 AM  

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