For the first time in more than two decades, the Student Federation of India (SFI), the student wing of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI (M)), has embarked on a mission to refocus its policy in the State.
The move takes on significance because it has come against the background of unsavory incidents that have recently put the organization in the dock.
In an effort to reform the organization in line with today’s challenges, the SFI has begun discussions at various levels to review its policy document that has been the driving force since its adoption in 1997. While the draft document sets out the responsibilities of the organization, it is also appropriate to include changes in the style of functioning.
The discussions have focused on the nature of activism and student leadership that can now be pursued on campuses.
The organization, which has recently denied publicly violent tendencies that have disrupted peace in colleges, has also had to deal with regressive practices among the student community.
CPI (M) State Secretariat and former SFI National President K.N. Balagopal, who opened a state-level congress that was organized here Thursday to get the discussions going, lashed out at those who wanted to impose strict controls on campus activism, which has been labeled as disruptive by various sections.
Freedom of speech
Attempts to dampen the freedom of expression of the student community must be fought at all costs, he said.
SFI national president V.P. Sanu, Secretary of State Sachin Dev and President Vineesh V.A. led the discussions.
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