21st July — the BIG DAY

July 21, 2006 at 7:42 pm Leave a comment

YFE Reloaded , Friday , the 21st of July , marked the Revival of Youth For Equality (YFE). It all started with 92 students going on a hunger strike at Indraprastha University (IP), Kashmere Gate, Delhi. The purpose of the strike was to kick-off the movement against caste based division of the country. The IP University had the backing of the major universities like DU, JNU, IIT and the medicos.

Early morning , amidst severe opposition from the administration, the students managed to set up a tent in the university lawns. This was reminiscent of the central lawns at AIIMS. Despite several warnings from the “top officials” and repeated visits from Government Intelligence, the students stood firm on their decision to carry on with the strike. Eventually in the afternoon, police did a flag march in the campus, trying to arouse anxiety amongst ones present there.

During the achievers kept on visiting the campus. Mr Shiv Khera also addressed the students. Teams from DU and JNU visited the campus expressing solidarity. What made the symbolic hunger strike a success was the freshers and their parents also supporting Youth for Equality.

Handouts were distributed at the nearby Metro Station to create awareness about the vote-bank politics being played by the so-called care-takers of Indian democracy.

At 6:30 pm striking students initiated a no-slogan peaceful candle light march. The students started the march by observing a 2 minute silence on account of recent Mumbai serial blast. About 100 odd armed CRPF jawans were waiting outside the IP university campus to stop the peaceful march. When students were not deterred by the threats, police used force to stop, but determined students hit the Kashmere gate main road. The destination was Red Fort. Students on the way distribute awareness pamphlets informing general public about the Youth for Equality rally on 23rd at Raj Ghat at 4 PM.

When the general public tried to join the peaceful march they were shoved away by the police. On the way, Police Officers took scores of photographs identifying individual participating students. When enquired about the reason, it was told that these photographs will be sent to the “Higher Authorities“.

On the way, striking students took extreme care that traffic was not disrupted and two human chains were formed.

After reaching Red Fort, candles were instated there and students sat around them singing patriotic songs and slogans of equality like “Mera Bharat Samaan” and “Awaaz do. Hum Ek Hai.“. Police threats about arrests continued and when all students courted arrest, the police refused. In the meanwhile medicos arrived from AIIMS and broke the students’ HUNGER STRIKE.

It was a clear breach of the Right to Demonstrate peacefully.But all in all YFE Reloaded was a phenomenal success.

Join 1000s of others for the Samta Yatra on Sunday , the 23rd at Rajghat 4:00 PM.Bus leaves IP University , Kashmere Gate Campus at 3:00 PM Sharp.Either Be there or sit at home and Beware of what lies ahead…

Mera Bharat Saman

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Visit us at – https://youth4equalityipu.wordpress.com/

Join YFE(IP) on Orkut – http://www.orkut.com/Community.aspx?cmm=15662178

Email – yfe.ipu@gmail.com

Web Site – http://www.youth4equality.org and http://www.youthforequality.in

 – Youth For Equality(IP)



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Hunger Strike– 21st July IPU campus 8.30 am We were there United…12 hrs Hunger Strike followed by candle light march…Where were YOU?

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