A gradute of Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Ankit Agrawal is trained in New Media Journalism from Asian College of Journalism, Chennai. Currently, he is based in Delhi and can be contacted at ankitagrawal[at]hotmail.co.in.
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi based India’s premiere university, witnessed Student’s Union (JNUSU) elections after four years. Elections were stayed here in 2008 by the Supreme Court of India due to non-compliance of J M Lyngdoh Committee’s recommendations. The Committee was constituted by the apex court to to reform students’ union elections in the country by keeping off the influence of political parties, money and muscle power from student union elections. Ironically, JNUSU election procedure was cited as the “model to be followed” by this committee in its recommendations.
Last December, the apex court allowed elections as an interim management when Joint Struggle Committee, formed by Students to fight forced implementation, agreed for some relaxations leading to the “partial-victory” of the students. The case was also referred to the Constitutional Bench and is currently under-consideration.
About the Elections:
JNU is a highly politically active campus. The elections are an integral and the most celebrated part of students’ life here. The elections are famous for their fairness, debating culture and non-violence. The parties take out Mashaal Juloos; do door-to-door campaigning; shout slogans and sing songs supporting universal struggles against inequality; debates are dominated by not only campus issues but also by issues of national and international concern.
Election is preceded by the central panel candidates debate in which everyone is allowed to ask questions. It is one of the most democratic elections held anywhere.
NSUI activists preparing for a mashaal juloos in the Ganga Dhaba. February 26, 2012.