As elected State Secretary of SFI-Delhi State Committee and CEC member of the SFI, I strongly protest against the SFI Delhi State Committee’s decision (taken with just 12 members present and without adequate consultation or effort to retain the unit) to dissolve the Jawaharlal Nehru University Unit of the SFI and expel four JNU State Committee Members including the elected Delhi State President of SFI.
Though I am currently on leave from the organisation for academic purposes, I have been following the issues raised by the SFI-JNU Unit on the web. It is really unfortunate that rather than responding politically and engaging democratically with the political issues raised by comrades in JNU, the expulsion order of the SFI invokes only discipline. JNU has always been a very political campus where the student community is to be won over on the strength of arguments and correct politics. Over the past couple of years, our JNU comrades have faced the brunt of student discontent against certain decisions and actions of the CPI (M). The political issues raised by the SFI-JNU unit in organizational forums have been always dismissed as ‘too political’ and matters have been reviewed by the SFI All India leadership only through the ‘organizational’ prism. When a prestigious and valuable unit like JNU is at stake, the SFI All India Centre should have adopted a more political, democratic, consultative and patient approach. The present decision smacks of highhandedness. Moreover, prior to the meeting itself, it became clear through comments posted on the facebook that the decision to dissolve the JNU-Unit had already been made.
It is clear that the letter and spirit of the Programme and Constitution of a mass organization like the SFI were not adhered to in this meeting. I am convinced that such expulsions and dissolution are not in the best interest of the SFI. I stand in solidarity with the comrades of SFI-JNU who, I am confident, will continue to play their role in the advancement of the Left movement of our country while combating both right-opportunism and left-adventurism. I hereby resign from the post of State Secretary of SFI in protest against today’s high-handed decision taken at the behest of SFI All India leadership in the most undemocratic and apolitical manner.
Robert Rahman Raman
Secretary, Delhi State Committee, Students’ Federation of India
Member, Central Executive Committee, SFI