Students’ outfits come out against ban on campus politics

Various youth and students’ organisations have come out against the High Court order banning campus politics.

Published: 14th October 2017 01:09 AM  |   Last Updated: 14th October 2017 09:28 AM   |  A+A-

Kerala High Court

By Express News Service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:  Various youth and students’ organisations have come out against the High Court order banning campus politics. The All India Youth Front has demanded that the HC review the order. Just because incidents of violence were reported as part of agitations in one college, flaying political activity on campuses is strange. “In a democratic country, how can it be insisted that students should not discuss politics? It’s a move against democracy. It would violate students’ right to fight for their lawful rights. The government should come up with a legislation to protect students’ right for politics on campuses,” said AIYF state president R Sajilal and secretary Mahesh Kakkath.  

The HC verdict is anti-democratic and an encroachment on students’ rights , said the SFI. In a statement issued here, the SFI state secretariat said political activities on campuses is part of students’ democratic right. The court order violating the citizens rights ensured by the Constitution is unfortunate, the SFI said.
Managements have always tried to restrict campus politics, as students organisations often question their exploitation and injustice.

College unions formed through political work helps students in academic and non-academic activities, the SFI said adding any attempt against campus politics should be opposed. The AISF termed the High Court verdict unfortunate. The organisation will take legal action against the order, said AISF state president J Arun Babu and secretary Subesh Sudhakaran. The AISF urged the government to come out with an urgent legislation to protect campus politics. 

Kodiyeri flays High Court order
The High Court order banning politics on campuses will have far-reaching consequences, said CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan. There should be legal action to review the Division Bench order, Kodiyeri said. The HC verdict that agitations and marches should not be allowed on campuses will only make those engaged in commercialisation of education happy, said Kodiyeri in a statement.“In the absence of progressive and democratic students’ organisations, there will be anarchy and terrorism.

The state has seen harassment rooms in self- financing colleges where there’s no place for students organisations. It’s natural for student organisations to protest against injustice,” Kodiyeri said. Preventing lawful agitations and protests will make certain managements and religious extremists happy, he added.

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