JNU Students’ Union Election 2012: A Photo Essay
A gradute of Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Ankit Agrawal is trained in New Media Journalism from Asian College of Journalism, Chennai. Currently, he is based in Delhi and can be contacted at ankitagrawal[at]hotmail.co.in.
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi based India’s premiere university, witnessed Student’s Union (JNUSU) elections after four years. Elections were stayed here in 2008 by the Supreme Court of India due to non-compliance of J M Lyngdoh Committee’s recommendations. The Committee was constituted by the apex court to to reform students’ union elections in the country by keeping off the influence of political parties, money and muscle power from student union elections. Ironically, JNUSU election procedure was cited as the “model to be followed” by this committee in its recommendations.
Last December, the apex court allowed elections as an interim management when Joint Struggle Committee, formed by Students to fight forced implementation, agreed for some relaxations leading to the “partial-victory” of the students. The case was also referred to the Constitutional Bench and is currently under-consideration.
About the Elections:
JNU is a highly politically active campus. The elections are an integral and the most celebrated part of students’ life here. The elections are famous for their fairness, debating culture and non-violence. The parties take out Mashaal Juloos; do door-to-door campaigning; shout slogans and sing songs supporting universal struggles against inequality; debates are dominated by not only campus issues but also by issues of national and international concern.
Election is preceded by the central panel candidates debate in which everyone is allowed to ask questions. It is one of the most democratic elections held anywhere.
- NSUI activists preparing for a mashaal juloos in the Ganga Dhaba. February 26, 2012.
Students of Revolutionary Cultural Front enactig play ‘Lyngdoh Aaya Abkibaar’ to raise awareness about the negative effects of the Lyngdoh Committee recommendation on the democratic rights of the students. February 28, 2012.
Students belonging to the AISA sing songs and chant slogans before starting of the Presidential Debate UGBM. February 28, 2012.
More than three thousand students gathered to listen to the presidential debate UGBM at the Jhelum lawns in the university. The UGBM started at 9 pm and finshed after 6 am. February 28, 2012.
Akshansh Gupta, a differently abled candidate from Chhatra Janta Dal United stood for the post of President. He sufferes from Cerebral palsy and is the first differently abled student to fight for the post of president. He highlighted differently abled citizens’ problem in the campus and society. February 28, 2012.
ABVP supporter blows conch during the presidential debate. February 28, 2012.
A presidential candidate gives his speech during the Presidential Debate University General Body Meetng (UGBM) in JNU. The speech is followed by the questions from competitiors and then from the Audience. The debate and elections are conducted by the independent Election Commission which is elected by the university students. This debate stared at sharp 9pm and continued till 6am. February, 29, 2012.
Supporters of different parties chant slogans during voting in front of the School of International Studies, JNU. March 01, 2012.
Students queue to cast their vote in fron tof the School of Social Sciences electroral booth. Despite the low voting this year elections saw little more than 60% voters turn out. March 01, 2012.
Supporters of different parties chant slogans during voting in front of the School of International Studies. March 01, 2012.
Roshan, senior leader of the SFI-AISF updates his supporters about the results while supporters giving Red Salute to the candadates of their organization. March 02, 2012.
Supporters take break while waiting for the next update by the Election Commission. The vote counting went on for almost 40 hours. March 2, 2012.
Winning candidate of the All India Students Association (AISA) a left radical students organisation waves to the supporters. (Left to Right) Abhishek Kumar Yadav, Vice President; Mohd. Firoz, Joint Secretary; Ravi Prakash, General Secretary; Sucheta De, President. March 03, 2012.
Vidrohiji, former student of the university and a radical poet reciting his poems at the Ganga Dhaba. The procession dispersed after listening to the newly elected vice president’s speech followed by Vidrohiji. March 03, 2012.