People's Democracy

(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)


No. 38

September 28 , 2008


SFI All India Conference From Sept 27-30

THE central executive committee of the Studentsí Federation of India in a press statement on September 24, 2008 condemned the recent terrorist attacks in Delhi and demanded the government to take steps to protect the lives of the people and maintain peace in the country. The recent encounter in Jamia nagar and the arrests made in this connection are creating a sense of insecurity among the minority community. The government should also ensure that in the name of fighting terror, the entire Muslim community or region should not be branded as terrorists. It is the responsibility of the government to ensure that the minorities are not harassed. The real culprits should be brought to book and punished according to the law of the land but this entire process has to be transparent and police should be accountable for their actions. For this, a judicial enquiry into the encounter in Jamia nagar has to be ordered so that the truth behind the encounter and the arrests comes out.

The 13th all India conference of SFI would be held on September 27-30, 2008 in Salt Lake, Kolkata, West Bengal. The conference will start with a massive student rally in which more than a lakh students are expected to take part. Budhadeb Bhattacharya, chief minister of West Bengal, Sitaram Yechury, former president of SFI, Subhas Chakraborty, chairman of the reception committee, minister in the government of West Bengal and former all India general secretary would be addressing the massive student rally that is going to be held in the Shahid Maidan in Kolkata. The delegate session to be attended by more than 750 delegates will be inaugurated by Padma Sri Professor Amiya Baghci, a renowned economist, on September 28. Three documents- political organisational report, resolution on education and notes on some important issues - would be discussed in the conference. The conference will discuss the current status of our education, the policies of the UPA government, the overall political situation responsible for the crisis in education system in detail and also formulate the future course of action. A special session with all the former general secretaries and presidents of the organisation will be held on September 29 evening. There will be also be another session on building united student movement in the coming days and the leaders of the other Left student organisations would participate.