Saturday, 14 July 2012

Explaining the SFI Delhi State Committee's position on recent organizational developments

Students’ Federation of India
Delhi State Committee
4, Ashoka Road, New Delhi 1100 01

Press Release 14.07.2012
There seems to be concerted effort by certain vested interests to give a wrong impression that Delhi state committee’s decision of 10.07.12 was taken by the all India leadership of SFI. Further, it is being suggested that the decision was taken in an undemocratic manner, with certain state committee members being coerced. We would like to clarify that this goes entirely against the actuality of events.

1. The decision was taken by the state committee, with prior information being given to all the state committee members. Out of the 21 members of the state committee elected in the last conference held on 09.02.10, two have been expelled; three have been dropped because they changed cities for further studies. One member (Robert) is in Germany and another state committee member is in Hyderabad. Out of the fourteen available members twelve attended the meeting and eight state committee members voted in favour of the expulsion of these four comrades and dissolution of the unit.

2. In the meeting, full opportunity was given to the state committee members including Roshan Kishore, PK Anand, Zico Dasgupta and V Lenin Kumar to explain their position, but they refused to acknowledge the organizational indiscipline on their part. Instead their arrogance was so evident that even when certain comrades asked them to revisit their positions, they unsympathetically brushed aside the arguments of these comrades, who were pained by the developments. It was in this background, that the Delhi state committee was forced to take this decision. 

3. The expelled members are presenting a twisted and selective version of the events. SFI’s programme clearly states that it is a mass organization and not a political party. Hence, its job isn’t to defend the positions of any political party. Further, even when any unit feels the necessity of taking any such position, then the democratic principles laid down in our constitution clearly spell out the mechanism of doing it. In this case the unit should have approached the state committee and with further discussions it could have been handed over to the CEC but instead they bypassed all these to approach the bourgeois media directly. The media celebrated it against the interests of our organization all over India.

4. In the two pamphlets following the GBM, the erroneous understanding of the erstwhile JNU unit was made amply clear. After the initial positions, the organization asked them to desist from bringing out such pamphlets. Even after that they brought out the pamphlet continuing with their flawed understanding. “Even while criticizing the erroneous decisions and wrong trends within the CPI (M)...” (09.07.12).While claiming to be fighting against the supposed right deviations of the CPI (M) and correcting it wrongs, it forgot the very mass organizational character of SFI. Accepting ultra left’s arguments as the reasons behind the electoral reverses since 2007, the then unit very conveniently played in the hands of AISA. Later in the state committee meeting Com Anand said, “We are happy that the AISA for the first time was forced to congratulate us on our stance” (AISA pamphlet dated 08.07.12.). This ludicrous argument clearly showcases where the unit went wrong and fell into the trap of the ultra-left logic and tailed the AISA line.

5. Not only this, Anand and Zico actively tried to create disruptions in various units, by personally contacting HCU unit and Pondicherry University Unit. Earlier they also tried to contact comrades in at least 5 state committees . The anti-organizational and disruptive motive was very clear.

6. Roshan Kishore, P.K. Anand and V Lenin Kumar organized the GBM and made public speeches targeting the organization, in their capacities as the CEC invitee and state committee members respectively. This was done without the consultation of these respective committees.

7. CEC is the forum where the appeal against the decision can be made, which can then take decision in the next meeting.

Kopal, Secretary
Sumeet Tanwar, President

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