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SFI to adopt post-modern political techniques to take on the new challenges

In the SFI meetings CPI (M) State Secretary Biman Bose would take stock of the election results of the students unions of the colleges and universities completed in the state, reports Arindam Sarkar.

kolkata Updated: Apr 23, 2007 23:46 IST

State Committee and State secretariat meeting of the SFI over between April 24 and April 27, CPI (M) State Secretary Biman Bose would take stock of the election results of the students unions of the colleges and universities completed in the state.

And in this meeting, the SFI leaders would tell Biman Bose how the political nuances have changed in the post-modernism period and to thrive in this phase, it is required to bring about certain changes in the student politics of the CPI (M).

According to definition, post-modernism questions the established paradigms and institutions of the conservative culture of the privileged – it is often attacked and maligned, and its definitions and hypotheses were deliberately distorted by those consumed with conservative "Culture War" mentality.

At the end of all the students' unions elections in the state, SFI has captured 361 out of the 431 colleges and universities. Out of which 108 educational institutes are in the cities and in Kolkata the SFI has lost 18 to the Opposition forces including Trinamool Congress Chatra Parishad, Chatra Parishad, DSO, Naxals, etc.

The SFI State secretariat and State Committee meetings beginning on Tuesday are tipped as crucial because here the CPI(M) students wing leaders would discuss and debate on the reasons for the defeat in some prestigious college and university and also formulate what strategy is to be adopted to counter the forces in these educational institutes.

SFI has not liked its defeat in Presidency College, Jadavpur University Arts Faculty and the close finishes at Shibpur Engineering College and Jadavpur University Science Faculty.

A preliminary theory is that while the SFI has been successful against conventional political forces in the electoral battles, it has performed miserably wherever the opponents have fought as independents or as an outfit that has called itself independents.

"In all the academic institutes and universities where the electoral battle took place between SFI and conventional political forces, we were able to defeat them on the strength of our ideology and, political and academic issues," said SFI State President Sudip Sengupta.

"But in places where the Opposition forces fought in the garb of Forum of Arts Students (JU), Independent Consolidation (Presidency and Shibpur) and We The Independents (JU Science), thus avoiding a political colour, we lost out," added Sudip Sengupta.

According to the SFI leaders, a post-modern theory prevailing in the academic institutions is that politics is bad for students and therefore mainstream political parties should be kept away from the corridors of studies.

And taking advantage of this, SFI leaders analyse, the opposition forces are calling themselves with different names and contesting the elections. And this is going against the conventional student political body like the SFI.

So how to go about it? The SFI leaders say they have to aggressively campaign to show how political parties are hiding behind such innocuous forums and fooling the students to get their votes in the elections.

"We have to intensify our contact programme with each and every student in the colleges and universities. Our organisation movements have to be attuned to the demands of post-modernism," said Sudip Sengupta.

As SFI State Secretary Apurba Chatterjee smartly put it that anti-political spams affecting the systems should be eradicated through political anti-virus programmes.

First Published: Apr 23, 2007 23:36 IST