Friday, May 29, 2015

TN Secretariat on IIT Chennai Issue.tatement Issued by the Tamilnadu State Secretariat of the CPI(M) on May

Statement Issued by the Tamilnadu State Secretariat  of the CPI(M) on May
29, 2015:

The Ambedkar - Periyar Study Circle (APSC) is a recognized voluntary body of
students that has been functioning on the IIT Madras campus. The Dean of
Students at IIT Madras (IITM) has cancelled the recognition given to APSC
for its criticism of the economic and social policies of the RSS and BJP.
The ministry of human resource development (MHRD) of the central government
had sought an explanation from IITM on an anonymous letter sent by the Sangh
Parivar concerning a leaflet issued by the APSC regarding an event in which
Dr. R.Vivekananda Gopal of Kuppam University in Andhra Pradesh had taken
part on the occasion of the birthday of Dr. Ambedkar. Immediately, the Dean
of students at IITM has cancelled the recognition given to APSC. The
Secretariat of the Tamil Nadu unit of the CPI(M) strongly condemns this
During the last one year after the formation of a government at the centre
led by the BJP, Sangh Parivar organizations have been carrying out ferocious
attacks on freedom of expression, alternative views and democracy. RSS-BJP
and their associate organizations have been engaging in such actions as
attacking media and journalists personally in a targeted manner, attacking
television stations, threatening those who criticize the Sangh Parivar in
the print media and on television, and tying to silence them and putting
pressure on them to quit. It is in continuation of such actions that the
IITM has cancelled the recognition given to APSC. The IITM administration
should immediately restore the recognition given to APSC. Action should be
taken against the Dean who cancelled the recognition of APSC without any
inquiry and simply on the basis of Sangh Parivar organizations anonymous
letter. The CPI(M) Tamil Nadu State Secretariat appeals to all democratic
movements, political parties and the public to come forward to condemn such
uncivilized, anti-democratic and antediluvian actions.

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