People's Democracy

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


No. 38

September 19, 2010

World Festival of Youth & Students in December


THE preparations for the 17th World Festival of Youth and Students (WFYS) which is scheduled to be held on December 13-21, 2010 at Johannesburg, South Africa formally began with the formation of the national preparatory committee (NPC) of India in New Delhi on September 9. On the call of the World Federation of Democratic Youth (WFDY) member organisations in India, representatives of 13 secular and democratic youth and students organisations got together in New Delhi and formed the NPC of India. As many as 33 all India and state level youth and students organisations are part of the NPC of India.


The committee has unanimously decided to have the president of Indian Youth Congress, Rajeev Satav as its chairman, DYFIs general secretary Tapas Sinha and AIYFS general secretary K Murugan as its coordinators and RYF general secretary K Sunnykutty and AIYL general secretary Sanjay Bhattacharya as joint convenors.


In order to ensure an effective campaign of the 17th WFYS in India and to ensure a serious participation and intervention of the 698 member strong contingent of delegates from India, the NPC has taken several important decisions regarding its preparations for this important international event.


The committee has asked the member organisations to include youth and students delegates in a manner so that they could represent the various aspects of Indias unity in diversity. The committee has also decided to request the central as well as state governments to send a representative delegation of young legislatures to the 17th WFYS. The committee will bring out the campaign materials such as stickers, posters, banners etc to popularise the festival slogan, Let's Defeat Imperialism, For A World Of Peace, Solidarity And Social Transformation!  in India. As part of its WFYS campaign, the NPC has also proposed to hold a national festival of youth and students in October-November in New Delhi.