University of Hyderabad 2016-2017 Students’ Union Election Contestation

A few details pertaining to the previous academic year 2016-17 Students’ Union election at the University of Hyderabad is as follows;

ABVP OBCA Whole Panel

ABVP OBCA President and VP

ABVP - OBCA

ABVP OBCA GS and JS

ABVP OBCA Cultural and Sports Secretaries

GS CASH

UFSJ for 2016-2017

Ultimately, this election witnessed the fruitful and victorious emergence of the United Front for Social Justice (UFSJ). UFSJ comprised various student organisations like Students’ Federation of India (SFI), Dalit Students’ Union (DSU), Tribal Students’ Forum (TSF), Bahujan Students’ Front (BSF), Telangana Vidyarthi Vedika (TVV) as electoral alliance partners. Ambedkar Students’ Association (ASA) contested as a separate panel entity; though there were high range expectations that ASA will become part of UFSJ. The ASA’s contestation as an independent electoral group of a body made many disappointed, and some even accused ASA by attributing evil motives in various forms.

This election took place after the Univerity of Hyderabad witnessed an unprecedented global attention in the wake of the unfortunate suicide of one of the Ph.D., Research Scholars, i.e., Mr Rohit Vemula. The death of Rohit Vemula attracted global attention towards projected and alleged caste discrimination on the University of Hyderabad campus in particular and on other academic institutions across India, in general.

This 2016-17 election also witnessed an unprecedented focus. One of the focal centres of concern was; why a united student body, which led a glorious revolutionary democratic battle against the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Vice Chancellor Prof Podile Appa Rao, etc. got disunited and contested elections? A large chunk of the University student body, comprised almost all the student organisations, expect ABVP, came under two platforms: ‘Justice for Rohit Vemula & Joint Action Committee For Social Justice’ and led a massive revolutionary democratic battle against the groups mentioned above and Vice Chancellor. This large-scale student organisations activism was expected to retain and sustain during this electoral contestation in the form of electoral alliance. But, such expectations, in reality, saw disunity in electoral collaboration.

By the time of the 2016-17 election, these two platforms; ‘Justice for Rohit Vemula & Joint Action Committee for Social Justice’ activities got declined. Critics observed that the reduction of these two platforms activities had to do something with the ensuring and forthcoming elections for that academic year. All this indicates: politics, though openly not acknowledged, is well mastered and practised by various student organisations and sections. And, it took some time for others to realise realities, especially for those whose expectations were very high after witnessing high-level student activism in the form of Justice for Rohit Vemula, etc.

Allegations and counter allegations also went-on high during this electoral process and immediately after completion of the electoral process also this tempo continued. It was highly alleged that ASA was the prime responsible student organisation for betraying the spirit of possible electoral collusion of all the participated teams in the Justice for Rohit Vemula movement. But, ASA justified and propagated that it fought as an independent electoral body since it got betrayed by other co-students organisations (ASA allegations over disappointment should be ascertained and seen separately)!! But, such charge and propagation of ASA got negated by other co-student organisations, which colluded under UFSJ for electoral gain. Among all the colluded partners under UFSJ; BSF took the lead and criticised ASA, as ASA possessed evil motive, for failing to join UFSJ and making unjustified allegations against UFSJ partners. BSF accused ASA has had hand-in-glove with the Indian National Congress (INC) and National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) for not joining the alliance under UFSJ. While BSF expressed such opinion publicly, some others too expressed such opinion in informal ways.

All this indicates that the University range elections, at the University of Hyderabad level, are getting entwined with the mainstream political atmosphere, which was not the case until a few years ago. In fact, in the past, almost all the Student organisations desired to have wider exposure to their political activism in the mainstream media with public attention and concern. Such wish of them started to fruity slowly over the past few years in various respects. The University of Hyderabad’s, unseen alumni role is also prominent, in getting this University into the public limelight over the past few years.

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ABVP Comprehensive Release on Rohit Vemula’s Incident

The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), University of Hyderabad Unit composed a comprehensive booklet on the unfortunate incident which happened with a co-student organization Ambedkar Students’ Association (ASA), which ultimately led to the unfortunate suicide of Mr Rohit Vemula. This booklet is placed on the ABVP official website. And, can be found at the following link;

A Sordid Saga of University of Hyderabad (accessed on April 20, 2016)

ABVP Booklet on Conflict with ASA

Titled as ‘A Sordid Saga of University of Hyderabad’, this booklet comprised nearly forty pages.

One of my blog entry from this blog Rift Between MSF and BSF at University of Hyderabad is extensively quoted in this booklet, to support their arguments in a certain sense of sequence.

Interview to The Hindu over Beef Controversy at HCU

The Hindu New daily News Correspondent Ms Nikhila Henry covered extensively the Beef Festival Controversy at the Osmania University during 2012 and 2015. As part this coverage she interacted with me too over the past Beef controversy at the University of Hyderabad (i.e., Hyderabad Central University – HCU) during 2006-2008 and quoted me in an article over this Beef Controversies at the Hyderabad Universities.

The article is as follows;

The Hindu over Osmania University Beef Row

Anveshi Women’s Research Centre ‘Fact Finding Report on Pulyala Raju’s Suicide’

Anvesh Centre for Women’s Research, Hyderabad has conducted a Fact Finding Study on the unfortunate death (suicide) of University of Hyderabad’s Integrated Post Graduate Student Mr Pulyala Raju, who hanged himself in March, 2013.

This Report can be accessed here; Report of the Fact Finding Committee on Suicide of P. Raju, HCU

Courtesy: This Report was forwarded by Dr Suneetha Achyuta, to the Dalit Information and Education Trust (DIET) group mail on August 14, 2013. Dr Suneetha Achyuta is a Senior Researcher at Anveshi Centre for Women’s Studies & she was also a former student at the University of Hyderabad.

This same report can also be found on the Anveshi website at this link Fact Finding Report of the investigation of the suicide of P. Raju, a student.

In the wake of repeated suicide records at University of Hyderabad, this Report sounds to have some relevance, apart from University’s Internal Reports, which were not made public all the time or not all made public so far.

Book Release on ‘Chindu Bagotham’

I’m happy to share about the accumulation of additional feather in the realm of Madiga and allied communities literature with the contribution of one of the alumnus of University of Hyderabad – Department of Telugu student Mr Gaddam Mohan Rao – specifically in the category of ‘Chindu Bagotham’. In fact, I know Mr Mohan as a member of Dalit Students’ Union (DSU), University of Hyderabad, as my co-member.

Mr Mohan Rao, who is presently pursuing his Doctorate at Department of Telugu, Osmania University, Hyderabad comes from one of the sects of Madiga Caste in Andhra Pradesh – Telangana region. And his family had been traditionally associated with the ‘Chindu Bagotham’ performance for generations together. In fact, Dalit Students’ Union (DSU), University of Hyderabad arranged ‘Chindu Bagotham’ performance on February 01, 2012 at School of Humanities Auditorium. The details of this event were well document by Dr Darla Venkateswara Rao over his blog at ఆలోచింపజేసిన జాంబవపురాణం ప్రదర్శన & సెంట్రల్ వర్సిటీలో ‘జాంబవపురాణం’ ప్రదర్శన పై పత్రికల స్పందన. And, more specifically Mr Mohan’s academic research for M. Phil., and Ph.D., too is revolving around this aspect only. As a mark of continuation to his family’s profession and his academic specialization Mr Mohan is marking a Book Release on Chindu Bagotham at Hyderabad City’s prestigious auditorium Ravindra Bharati Conference Hall on May 13, 2013 @ 05:00 pm. This book is specifically about the contribution/s of ‘Chindula Yellamma and Chindula Hamsa’. For more details please see the below pamphlet.

Book Release on Chindu Bagotham
Book Release on Chindu Bagotham

Dalit Students’ Union (DSU) Proclaims as Madiga Organisation

Dalit Students’ Union (DSU), University of Hyderabad released its 2012-2013 Committee details during March, 2013 or so. This was a very late release for this academic year. Interestingly, this time DSU proclaimed as a Madiga organisation, indirectly, by declaring all its committee members as Madigas. Please see the below poster for further details.

DSU 2012-2013 Committee Details
DSU 2012-2013 Committee Details

 

Lot of internal crises seems to be taking place within DSU over many issues. And moreover, it is also observed that all the Committee members declared for this 2012-2013 academic year are from only Telangana region!! All this indicates – special focus needs to be placed upon DSU within the ambit of Student Politics!!!

 

Puyala Raju’s Suicide at University of Hyderabad

Mr Raju Puyala, who was perusing his I.M.A., Linguistics VIII Semester committed suicide on March 19, 2013 evening at Men’s Hostel – H, University of Hyderabad. He hailed from Warangal  District of Andhra Pradesh. For the academic year 2012-2013 Mr Raju was serving as Vice President of Dalit Students’ Union (www.dalitstudentsunion.multiply.com), which is one of the oldest student organisation on the University Campus.

Dalit Students’ Union (DSU) Condolence Message

DSU Condolence Message
DSU Condolence Message
Hanged Raju in his Hostel room
Hanged Raju in his Hostel room (Photo courtesy from Devender Ambala Facebook shared status)
Raju Puyala
Raju Puyala

 

 

 

 

 

 

As a response to the disturbed student community’s agitation at the University Health Center Vice Chancellor promised to constitute a Committee comprising of SC/ST/OBC faculty members and students and take necessary stern steps.

Various student organisations reacted severely over the repeated number of suicide incidents on the Campus and officials like Vice Chancellor, Pro Vice Chancellor, Registrar, Dean Students’ Welfare, Chief Warden, etc were intensely questioned. The agitation continued throughout night and only on March 20, 2013 morning it got concluded with the transfer of Raju’s dead body to his family members.

Ambala Devendar Article on suicides at University of Hyderabad
Ambala Devendar Article on suicides at University of Hyderabad in Andhra Jyothy Telugu Daily, 21 March, 2013.
A Telugu News Paper coverage on increased number of suicides at University of Hyderabad
A Telugu News Paper coverage on increased number of suicides at University of Hyderabad