(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
October 10, 2010
DYFI: A Conference of the "Real Youth"!
THE 13th state conference
DYFI Tamilnadu was held from September 25-27 at
In a convention held on
noted agricultural scientist Nammalvar spoke on the topic of ‘Youth and
He charged that it is the
Many eminent persons were felicitated during the convention. For creating organ donation awareness Asokan was felicitated. When his son was in deathbed, he came forward to donate his son's organs. This had created awareness among the people. Natarajan(Carrom), Selvaraj(Eye donation), J Vasanthakumar(Silambattam), Gokul(Karate), Amirthalingam and Govindaraj(against untouchability) were also felicitated. Few books that were written by A Packiam, S G Ramesh Babu and a compilation of Lenin and Bhagat Singh’s writings were also released. The songs by Duraiarasan from Udumalpet enthralled the audience.
The delegates session was inaugurated by Sriramakrishnan, president, DYFI. Before that the flag post and torches were received. The flag was brought from Villupuram. This was in the memory of Cuddalore Kumar and Anandan who lost their lives in fighting against illicit liquor mafia. The flag post was brought from Chinniyampalam(in the memory of Chinniyampalama martyrs). Jyotis were brought in the memory of martyrs who lost their lives in fighting against anti-social elements. A jyoti was brought from Arumanai(Kanyakumari) in the memory of Babu and Chellaiyan(Kanyakumari), Amalraj(Kovilpatti), Chandru(Virudhunagar), Kutti Jayaprakash, Somu, Sembu and Leelavathi(Madurai). This jyoti represented the fight against the political violence.
The jyoti that was taken from Tiruppur was named after Seeranampalayam Palanichamy, Iduvai Rathinasamy and Paneer Selvam. This jyoti represented the demand for education for all and jobs for all. Another jyoti was taken in memory of Pallipalayam Veluchamy who was murdered by the henchmen of usurers in Pallipalayam of Namakkal district. The conference hall was also named in his memory. The entrance of the conference hall was named after P Mohan, former state president of DYFI. S G Ramesh Babu hoisted the flag.
The martyrs column was
A notable feature about the delegate session is that, among the 578 delegates, 84 were young women. They took active part in the discussion on the report and the group discussion. Elaborate discussion was done on the report. It took nine hours for the delegates to complete that included group discussion for two hours. 71 delegates spoke on the report and among them 12 were young women.
The report which was
4. Right to Information and local issues
5. House Patta and Ration Cards
6. Drinking Water
7. Drug Addiction
8. Free Tuition Centres/Night Schools
10. Migration and related issues.
Every issue is a burning one in the state. A threadbare discussion was held on these issues. The delegates agreed on the need to take these issues in an urgent manner. In the last conference, it was decided to concentrate on untouchability that prevails in every nook and corner of the state. Many struggles were conducted on this issue. In the present conference, it has been decided to make health an important issue. In the recent past, people are being affected by the waterborne diseases very often. This has put the poor in disadvantageous position. DYFI state conference has decided to take the struggle by combining various factors. Hence, the ten point agenda was discussed in the conference. The delegates were briefed about the welfare schemes that are in vogue. A booklet was given to them which explains the way to avail the schemes. With this, the cadre of DYFI can make sure that the benefits of the schemes reach the people.
On 26th morning, a
organised on Education at the conference hall itself. Dr S
On the 27th, new office
elected. S Muthukannan was elected as president, R Velmurugan as
Being true to the
spirit, four young women figured in the list of state secretariat
15 were there in state committee members’ list.
In a fitting finale, a rally with new, bright and youngest faces raising slogans for them, for others and for the country, was held. A remarkable feature about the participants in the rally was that almost 90 per cent of the rallyists were below 25 years of age. Many in the public have raised their eyebrows. It was a different scenario for them. One had said this, "It seems that this organisation has real youth. Generally, other parties bring their cadres to show the strength. Here, that is not the case". The rally was inaugurated by M B Rajesh, MP and joint secretary, DYFI. Placards on various issues were carried in the rally. The slogans exposed the anti-people policies of the governments. A dummy of Govindarajan Committee that had given a report on the fees structure for private schools in the state, was carried by the rallyists. Police took exception to this depiction. But the leaders and the cadres of DYFI insisted on carrying the dummy. Despite the interruption of police, the dummy was carried. Police have filed cases against the leading cadres of DYFI.
White clad volunteers'
march with the
strength of 1,200 was the highlight of the rally. More than thousand
volunteers took the lead in the rally. At the conclusion of the rally,
meeting was held at Sivananda Colony. Sitaram Yechury, MP and Politburo
of CPI (M) delivered a special address. DYFI all