Friday, September 30, 2016

Together We Fought - Together We Won

9th February 2016 - A day that has registered itself in the golden pages of student movement. When 3,000 students boycotted classes to support ABVP's protest against draconian late fees charged by Raisoni Campus. 900 students eventually became part of the protest which was the highest number the campus porch could accommodate. The protest lasted from 11a.m. to 3p.m. with the whole four hours went with the campus echoing students slogans with burning sun and no food at all. 30 ABVP student activists from the campus and the city unit addressed the determined student protesters. The movement which started in mid-December was in it's ultimate day. It saw dozens of ABVP college campus meetings, technical research, outdoor campaigning, social media campaign, signature campaign of 1,010 students, 31 classroom meetings, 2 mega public meetings. After memorandum on 5th January, brainstorming discuss with administration on 12th January and final memorandum calling for protest on 2nd February, the movement took 'No Memorandum, No Discussion, Only and Only Decision' on the D-Day. A mass movement supported by ABVP Raisoni Campus Unit's 55 member committee which could win the trust of the last standing student in support of the protest. The victory verdict to completely stop late fees is a victory of the movement which encourages to 'Raise Voice Against Injustice'. I hope this would be a stepping stone to raise similiar movements of ABVP against the commercialization of education. I congratulate each and every student of Raisoni Campus and thank ABVP for keeping the flame burning in us!

Students' Power - Nation's Power!

Monday, September 26, 2016

The Days as Student Activist - The Days I Remember Each Day

It's 6a.m. and I woke up as usual before alarm to keep the word with my mom that I would study in the morning. Every morning that starts with checking e-mails, Facebook messages or Twitter DM's followed by searching for the tooth-brush! Getting ready for the day, the day's follow-up tasks listed on one of the many scrap papers that stay in my pocket. I study for some time, but as usual my electronics and telecommunication interest never keeps me to the syllabus for the next exams! But still my mom pats me for an early morning study which gives me license to return late in the night back home.

The journey to college  starts with a 1km walk to the bus-stop. This small walk is the booster for the whole days as I mingle my favorite songs. I board the local-government bus at around 8:00a.m. which takes around half-an hour to complete the 15km journey to my college. I call the journey 'Manthan,' as all the best ideas of the day hit my mind here. An over-crowded bus leaves me no option other than to just stand and think. Initial months, bus travel was a challenge for me, but then a 3-day continuous attempt to cycle all the way to Raisoni College, Wagholi gave me the self-realization of ease of traveling in a motor-vehicle! For some days, fortunately I meet my travel friends from various colleges in Wagholi who help me know various educational issues that I need to know as a student activist. Reaching Wagholi, a 1km walk helps me reach my kurukshetra ready for an action-packed day ahead!

The reason for reaching early to the college is to meet the different types of activists in our campus unit. Some come early - leave early, some come late, while some come to the college for a while only to have a sense of being an engineering student. With more than 75% attendance in most of the semesters, people drop me in the not-so-cool 'sincere' category. But even with 6 hours of class-room teaching, most of the time is spent reading reference books, to keep my dream for electronics-communication researcher alive! The dream to hear a professor teaching and playing with concepts was lost long back thanks to the traditional teaching methods of engineering education in India. Still, I always got support from my professors to have my view on every topic whether it be in our text-book or in the day's newspapers. I usually had my lunch-box finished in the 15-min breakfast break to have time saved for the 30-min lunch break to meet our activists from the other category. Apart from this, every minute of class-room with no professors was spent with updates about ABVP's activities to my class-room friends which resulted in 80% of them turning into activists of ABVP along with being my friends. 'Expectancy' was the word that I threw off my dictionary witnessing activism in my college. It contained everything right from cheerful debates to heated discussions. The pride of being part of the dynamic college activism group motivated me to convey every student-professor I met about ABVP's activities finally urging him to be a part of ABVP.

Everyday goof-ups were what, made my day! Right from requesting my professor to continue a unexpected call from a journalist who wanted to know ABVP's stand on an issue to my Vice-Principal coming to our class-room and asking about our result date as usually I knew the latest updates from the university.

With the last lecture coming to an end, started an impatient journey to my day's destination for activism. It took atleast 90 min to reach to various parts of the city. The journey was a blitzkrieg from visiting college campus to meeting activists, unexpected call for emergencies over an issue or attending meeting in our city office. I was fortunate enough to work with the finest people that always understood all my difficulties and inspired from their struggle for student activism. The return journey back home always had the smiling face and a satisfied peaceful mind ready for the next day.

The questions that remains unanswered is what made me start absolutely fresh and fit to start a new day even with a mind-boggling hectic schedule the previous day. The reason I found that for every instance I considered ABVP as my mother. The mother who taught me everything. ABVP took me to storms of difficulty for me to learn from struggle and emerge as a son that she deserves. My eyes are wet asking myself that would I able to resist the separation if the moment would arrive some day???

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Open Letter to MIT Students and ABVP activists on 'Historic Fight Against Injustice


I join my hands in respect for the spirit I witnessed in MIT. Tears roll down my eyes remembering each and every moment of your Indefinite Hunger Strike against atrocities on Dalit MIT Student being denied admission inspite of court orders and attack on ABVP Activist Mohit Gandotra by MIT Director Mangesh Karad. The historic indefinite hunger strike by 9 students and rotational hunger strike by 40 students witnessed support from all corners of society. Continuous sloganeering with songs of protest with dafli echoed at the gate of the campus.

It all started on 17th August, when you staged a 6-hour protest at Erandwana police station demanding action against MIT Director Mangesh Karad. Around 11p.m. when a case was registered, you all were completely exhausted. The first shocker to me came that time when you declared indefinite hunger strike the next day at 10a.m.

With no preparations made and empty stomach, you initiated mass campaign at 8a.m. to garner support for the hunger strike. I saw hand-made posters, markers, flags and dafli, but was curious to find no mattress, no shed, water-cans! Your reply that 'We need slogans, not comfort' made me feel that I have landed myself between people of sheer determination! The hunger-strike began on the streets with no shed even in broad sun-light.

Since morning, I had started getting feeling that something unusual is there among this protesters. To began with, this hunger strike of yours have completely changed my view on hunger strikes. From scenes in movies of few people silently sitting on hunger-strike to actual MIT's visuals of 49 students sloganeering and campaigning since the start with number increasing every hour. During your hunger strike, you campaigned every moment to fight for your demands loud and clear. The doctors advised me to not let you get up for protesting or speak much, leave sloganeering aside. That was the only reason I forced you the same. But forgive me, you proved everyone wrong. Even after 2 days of indefinite hunger-strike with day-night campaigning, your determination to fight until death became an inspiration for me to take unscheduled job leaves for two consecutive days.

Within few hours of hunger-strike, you managed to turn MIT Gate into a vibrant protesting ground with painting roads with slogans, hand-made posters and make-shift shed made from thrown-away posters. I thought you forgot that you had started your hunger-strike on a Rakshabandhan when you should be sitting with your sisters instead of sitting on streets. But you were determined to prove me wrong each time! ABVP activist Mohit who was attacked tied Rakhi to MIT Student Sadhana and both sat on the hunger-strike. Each one of you were forcing the other to quit the indefinite hunger-strike but you himself were reluctant to eat. The song 'Anshan par baithe hai bole khana hai nahi khana' became your anthem. You were such determined that even the repeated warning from police to vacate the place didn't shook off your spirit. In the evening, various social workers visited MIT and supported your fight against injustice. The support you got from local residents and shopkeepers unknown to you is a proof of your genuinity towards your goals. The power-source of your firmness was surely the photo-frame of 'Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar' symbolising Sadhana's fight for 'Right To Education' that you had put up in front.

With the day ending, most of your faces showed signs of tiredness. I decided to be of your help as much as I can. As part of that, I tried to assure that all you sleep early. But you had decided that I would be met with shockers every hour. Whole night went with Bheem Geet and Lok Geet of Shahir Annabhau Sathe. I couldn't believe that three girls amongst you were sleeping on the streets empty stomach. I was angry on what is being done with you as you spent the whole night on streets with no blankets and empty stomachs, but your reply that you have choosen this path willingly and are ready to face any hardships made me feel that my search for my life's idols is reaching it's destination.

The morning of the second day was quiet which made me feel that the intensity has started its downward turn. I was again and again proved wrong. At 7a.m. in the morning, when students were having their breakfast, you were clapping your hands with the sound of dafli and songs of protest. As the time went by, support from the MIT Student Community grew manifolds. Not only they stood for support, but even campaigned to reach out to every student. This huge support made the police officers changed their mind about the 9a.m. deadline set by them for you to vacate the place. But the growing support activated the dirty-tricks department of MIT administration. Starting from complete black-out of media for the whole second day to threating students who would stand with the protesting students. Such for their level that they even clashed with an ABVP activist who went inside the campus to fetch water for the students on hunger strike. They started creating pressure from politicians and admission-brokers who had shared vested interests with them.

I know you were deeply hurt by this cheap tricks, but your spirit got stronger. You performed aarti of Sant Dnyaneshwar and prayed to expose everyone who was using the Saint's name to hide the Mafia behind them. Every time they tried their tricks, they were hit back with your enthusiasm. They tried manipulating the MIT Student Council to protest against you, but your past convinced the students to sit along with you instead of protesting against you. When they failed to pitch MIT Students Council against you, they forced all faculties for sloganeering in support of Mangesh Karad. To their dismay, their 5-min sloganeering was responded by hour-long sloganeering from your side. Witnessing this, I learned the difference between paid workers and activists. Unfortunately, your continuous stressful campaign with empty stomach made your health condition worst. Around afternoon, the environment became tensed with ambulance being rushed at the spot. A chill went down my entire body imagining the visuals of the coming days.

As this news got viral, hundreds of students symbolising #OccupyMIT campaign started arriving in the campus. The whole campus echoed slogans against the unjust MIT administration. 'Sarfaroshi Ki Tamanna Ab Humara Dil Main Hai. Dekhna Hai Jor Kitna Baju-e-Katil Main Hai' went on for hours. Shivers went inside the walls of MIT administration, and hurriedly they requested ABVP for discussion. Being a firm believer in working for solution, a 10-member delegation walked inside the campus. When the delegation reached the security check-post, they denied entry to ABVP Maharashtra State Secretary Ram Satpute. ABVP delegation immediately walked out of the security-post and joined the vibrant protest. Every Mafia fears a common man who can expose them any day. Same was the case with MIT administration. After repeated requests and apology, ABVP delegation met MIT Founder V.D. Karad. After an hour of brain-storming discussion, all demands of ABVP were accepted by MIT administration. Karad Sir himself came at the MIT Gate requesting students to call-off the indefinite hunger-strike. As clock struck 12, MIT Campus broked out with celebration slogans 'JEET GAYA RE... JEET GAYA RE... HAMARA SANGARSH JEET GAYA.' Empty stomachs, dry throats with tears in their eyes were witnessing the power of student movement.'

How can I thank you is a big question mark ahead of me. This memories would help me in my entire life to not accept defeat against injustice. History will remember that an attack on a student activist from a campus director lead to the later being stripped off his powers. I congratulate all you and wish you all the best! I am proud to have people like you around me!

Long Live Student Movement!

- Bharatiya Anand,
A Witness to Making of History

Sunday, April 10, 2016

स्वतंत्रता संघर्ष

स्वतंत्रता संघर्ष इस कविता में एक देशभक्त नवयुवक ने भारत के आज़ादी के वक्त अपनी भावनाए व्यक्त की हैं|

"स्वतंत्रता संघर्ष"
कौन कहता हैं सब समाप्त हो गया,
अभी तो एक शुरुआत हैं |
२५० सालों के संघर्ष के बाद,
पूर्व में नया सूरज उग रहा है |

अंग्रेजों के उस विश्वास को,
हमें पूरी तरह तोड़ना हैं |
और संपूर्ण भारत को,
एक माला में जोड़ना हैं |

मुसीबते तो बहुत आएँगी आगे,
संघर्ष करते चलना हैं |
अपनी अबंधित तरक्की से,
पूरी दुनिया को हिलाना हैं |

तरक्की की राह में,
एक बात हमें भूलनी नहीं |
परायों से जाने के बाद,
अपनोंसे परायों जैसे व्यवहार करना नहीं |

अब कोई गरीब नहीं रहेगा,
अब कोई भूक से नहीं मरेगा |
आज़ाद भारत की इस भूमि पर,
हर भारतीय घर संपन्न रहेगा |
- भारतीय आनंद

क्रांति फिर आएगी (Kranti Fir Aayengi)

हवा में उड़कर,
लहरों पर तेरकर,
आग में जलकर,
क्रांति फिर आएगी|

डंके के चोट पर,
सरकार के नोक पर,
करोड़ों के हाथों से,
क्रांति फिर आएगी ।

लोगों की फुंकर से,
लहराती हुई तलवार से,
शहीदों के ललकार से,
क्रांति फिर आएगी ।

लाखों सो रहे थे,
देश की हालत पर रो रहे थे,
सबकी नींद खुल जाएँगी,
क्रांति फिर आएगी |

चाहे तुम साथ हो,
या हमारे खिलाफ हो,
मेरे देशी के लिए,
क्रांति फिर आएगी |

वो दिन दूर नहीं ,
जब भारतमाता अपने सपोतों
को एक पायेगी,
इस पावन वर्ष  में,
क्रांति जरूर आएगी।
- Anand Purohit, 2011