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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University of Hyderabad 2017 Students’ Union Election Result

The University of Hyderabad’s 2017 Students’ Union election witnessed an interesting trend when compared to previous occasions. Two electoral panels fought elections, namely Alliance for Social Justice (ASJ) and Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (AVBP) & Other Backward Classes Federation (OBCF), i.e., ASJ vs ABVP-OBCF panels. There were many collobrating partners within ASJ, like; 

01. Students’ Federation of India (SFI)

02. Ambedkar Students’ Association (ASA)

03. Dalit Students’ Union (DSU)

04. Tribal Students’ Forum (TSF)

05. Muslim Students‘ Federation (MSF), and

06. Telangana Vidyarthi Vedika (TVV)

And, on the other side Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and Other Backward Classes Federation (OBCF) have contested in the election as a separate panel.

At another level, the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) contested to only the Presidential position.

Thus, all this indicates that except for the position of President, for other positions there was dual contestation between ASJ and ABVP-OBCF panels. For Presidential position there was triangular contest. 

The final result of this election as declared by the University Students’ Union Election Commission is as follows;

Final Result Page One, 2017

Final Result Page Two, 2017

Final Result Page Three, 2017

Note: These details were obtained from the University of Hyderabad’s official facebook.com page – https://www.facebook.com/uohyd/

For deciding on the Vice Presidential candidates election result declaration a Grievance Committee was constituted. The details of this Committee is as follows;

Grievance Committee Constitution, 2017

The final decison of the Grievance Committee is as follows;

Re-election to VP Position

Thus, as per the Order of the Grievance Committee, re-election is required to be conducted by the University Election Commission. Thus, another level of renewed political activism may hopefully unfold in the coming days to come. How political dynamics will work-out again on the University campus is a matter of subject to watch. 

For another detail look into the University of Hyderabad’s Student Union 2017 Election process, please have a look at;

Students’ Union Election Process 2017-18 at University of Hyderabad

NSUI Contests 2017 Students’ Union Election at University of Hyderabad

National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) an affiliated student wing of the Indian National Congress (INC), a mainstream political party in India started its political path at the Univesity of Hyderabad since 2007 onwards. Though the University of Hyderabad got established in the year 1974 and even-though NSUI is one of the oldest and a prominent student wing of the INC, it took about 32 years to NSUI to venture at this University as an aspiring player. By the time NSUI started to set and make a path at the University of Hyderabad, the Campus political situation was much politicised, and it became a difficult task to carve a niche for itself by finding a space amidst of well-established student organisations. As a result, NUSI even after a decade’s presence at the University of Hyderabad; failed and failing to make an imprint on the Campus politics. NSUI is facing a lot of problems, over the past few years, in many respects at the University of Hyderabad, like; lacking proper leadership, cadre, and vote bank. This student organisation at times had successfully forged and became part of a few electoral alliances to test its luck and success. But, almost every such attempt failed to fructify.

Against this backdrop, it would be interesting to have a look at NSUI’s participation at the University of Hyderabad’s 2017 Students’ Union election process.

To have a look at a few documentary evidence in detail about the 2017 Students’ Union Election Process at the University of Hyderabad, please have a look at one of the previous blog posts on this blog;

Students’ Union Election Process 2017-18 at University of Hyderabad

And, to have a particular and sustained visual outlook into the NSUI campaign process as part of 2017 Students’ Union Election at the University of Hyderabad, please observe below images carefully; 

NSUI Manifesto Page One

NSUI Manifesto Page Two

NSUI Manifesto Page Three

NSUI Manifesto Page Four

These four-page images captured the manifested agenda of the NSUI for its 2017 Election Campaign and aspired strategical hold to have among the student community through electoral success at the University of Hyderabad. Among all these aspects included in the manifesto, the Presidential candidate openly embraced, inclined and highlighted women related issues as a feminist!! Thus, this is a new dimension brought-out and projected by the NSUI and its Presidential candidate during this academic year’s election process. This dimension should also be seen in a few respects, like:

a) whether previous NSUI contestants either at the University of Hyderabad or at any other educational institutions while contesting had inclined to this kind of prominent embrace towards women’s issues?

b) whether NSUI candidates in future at the University of Hyderabad or at other educational institutions while contesting in elections will adopt and sustain this present temped inclination towards women’s issues? 

c) what kind of strategical electoral implications was expected by the current NSUI Presidential contestant, while heavily inclining towards this move in favour of women’s rights? Can this move benefit her in gaining success? Or just she wishes to build her larger life’s political image through such an open embrace of women’s rights?

d) Is the present heavy inclination towards women’s rights and issues by the NUSI contestant is a single agenda or endorsed by all the NSUI University of Hyderabad’s unit as a whole, well in advance?

 

Anju Rao Campaign Poster FiveAnju Rao Campaign Poster TwoAnju Rao Campaign PosterAnju Rao Poster Campaign FourAnju Rao Poster Campaign ThreeHindi Poster by NSUI and Anju Rao, 2017NSUI Presidential Contestant, 2017Reginal Appeal by Anju Rao and NSUI, 2017

 

These eight images testified the range of significance projected and campaigned in favour of NSUI’s Presidential contestant Anju Rao K. NUSI dared to contest only to the Students’ Union Presidential position. In fact, there were only a few instances on which NSUI dared to fight to all the posts at the University of Hyderabad, either independently or in alliance with other co-student organisations on the campus. A few reasons behind inability or/and strategical decision to contest only a few positions/one position is based on acknowledged and unacknowledged reasons. Such reasons include, like; failing to find suitable candidates to field as contestants, having a strategic electoral secret understanding with other electoral competitors, financial viability to maintain, lack of sufficient cadre to catch for the campaign and assist contestants, etc. But, openly offered justification, each time would be entirely different by the NSUI team when questioned; why contesting to only a few positions!!?? 

 

ST Second Tweet in favour of Anju Rao, 2017ST Tweet in favour of Anju Rao, 2017

These two, another set of images depicts the enthusiastic tweets posted by one of the INC prominent leaders at the national level, Shashi Tharoor. These two tweets, and the standard of excited positiveness attributed by the University of Hyderabad’s NSUI cadre, by highlighting these tweets, shows how carefully the INC and NSUI are observing and working for success at the University of Hyderabad’s 2017 Students’ Union election process. But, they knew pretty well that achieving victory at the University of Hyderabad’s Students’ Union Election is not an easy task and may not be achievable also; since they have a lot of understanding on electoral dynamics across India!!  

Rajeev Gowda Tweet, 2017

This another tweet, which was also released and highlighted prominently by the University of Hyderabad’s NSUI team; shows the acknowledged leadership abilities of NSUI’s Presidential contestant Anju Rao K, as posted on Twitter by Rajeev Gowda. In fact, the present NSUI presidential candidate has worked under Rajeev Gowda for a while, as an intern, which had a prime objective role of looking after a Parliamentary affair of a Member of Parliament (MP), i.e., Rajeev Gowda.

The prominent tweets released in favour of the NSUI Presidential contestant is also a peculiar dimension seen during this academic year’s Students’ Union election at the Universiy of Hyderabad. Because the electoral process at the University of Hyderabad never saw this kind of reliance on prominent outside persons. And, it should also be noted, that though the individuals who released tweets could be famous either politically / in INC / MP’s, etc.; their prominence never matters to the larger voting section, expect to NSUI!! But, NSUI itself is a very microscopic entity at the University of Hyderabad over the past one decade!!   

And, most importantly NSUI, when seen through tweets culture, as part of this academic year’s election process sounds to be depending on ‘top-down approach’!! But, this ‘top-down approach’ is not prevalent and never worked much visibly so far at the University of Hyderabad electoral process!! 

The level of tweets bagged by Anju Rao, as a NSUI Presidential candidate, as part of 2017 Students’ Union Election process at the University of Hyderabad is a unique dimension. Previously, during last one decade, though many a time NUSI contested to various positions, never any prominent INC / NUSI, etc. persons posted a tweet, and they were also not highlighted by the Campus NSUI cadre. The present tweet culture is a peculiar dimension emerging this year and that too in particular during election time.

At a certain level of observation, it would be interesting to note, as a matter and source of concluding remark; that the present academic year’s contestant Anju Rao got exposed much individually during the campaign process than her political platform NSUI. Thus, this also indicates that NSUI has failed to portray itself prominently and project its candidate. But, the situation was vice-versa!!

And, on a comparative note, it would also be interesting to make it clear; that two other Presidential contested candidates got highlighted primarily on behalf of their political outfits, like ABVP and SFI (electoral alliance panels led by these organisations). And, other political outfits like ABVP and SFI (their electoral alliance groups), also took immense care that their candidates get projected on behalf of their platforms, but not individually!!

Thus, this present situation of NSUI’s candidate getting personally exposed, may pose a set of hypothetical questions to ponder-over and observe further, if possible and required, by having a sustained observation into a few aspects, like;

a) why and how Anju Rao K started to get more projection within NSUI at the University of Hyderabad??

b) Why previous NSUI contestants never achieved independent stature than their organisation? Is this dynamic best in student politics?

c) Will this kind of an individual’s over projection help any political outfit in any student election, especially in relation to NSUI, and in particular during University of Hyderabad’s Students’ Union elections??

These kinds of innovative hypothetical questions capture the minds of the keen observers of the University of Hyderabad’s annual Students’ Union elections!! And, answers can also found to such hypothetical questions on the dynamic process, which may vary based on wide range of dimensions!! But then, having a look at each aspect concerning its dynamics is necessary for better understanding of political discourse!! 

Note: The inserted images were ascertained from the University of Hyderabad’s NSUI public facebook page. This page can be found on the URL: https://www.facebook.com/hcu.nsui.in/

Students’ Union Election Process 2017-18 at University of Hyderabad

The University of Hyderabad is among a few Universities in India continuing the spirit of successfully organising Elections to the University Students’ Union. Very few Universities in India have retained and sustained this vision over the years. Elections to the student Bodies in India were discontinued in many States / Universities / Educational institutions due to various factors; one of the prime factors cited for this discontinued tradition was; over politicisation of Campuses and ensured violence in the election process. 

But, elections to the Students’ Union at the University of Hyderabad has a successful history, not having a much negative image. For the most part of University of Hyderabad’s history, over politicisation and violence in elections is not seen so far. And, the politicisation of elections or presence of mainstream political parties student wing affiliations on this Campus started a bit late. Since the strength of this University was also very less; politicisation of this Campus atmosphere also took a long time to achieve. In addition to this, there are many peculiar dynamics involved at this University, when compared with other mainstream politically vibrant Universities in India. 

In this scenario, it would be pertinent to have a look at the University of Hyderabad’s Students’ Union Election 2017-2018 academic year process through a few documentary evidence. Please see the following documentary sources related to the careful and systematic conduct of the 2017-2018 academic year’s Students’ Union election process. 

Election Commission, 2017

Student Bodies Registration, 2017

Election Notification, Schedule and Code of Conduct, 2017

Addendum Students Union Election, 2017

Extension of Time for Withdrawal of Nominations, 2017

List of Contesting Candidates 2017

List of School Board Members

Open Dais Notice, 2017

DSW Guidelines for Open Dias

Electoral Roll, 2017

School Wise Polling Booths List One

School Wise Polling Booths List Two

Classes Suspension on Polling Day

University of Hyderabad’s Students’ Union election process has undergone an evolutionary process over the years in many respects. This evolutionary process at times was based on its own framed principles and guidelines and on other occasions based on the required mandatorily adopted measures as part of the Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD), Government of India / University Grants’ Commission, etc. requirements. 

For instance, up to 2005-2006 Students’ Union elections at the University of Hyderabad were held based on its own ‘University Students’ Constitution’. But, since the academic year, 2006-2007 onwards the University Students’ Union elections are undergoing based on the Supreme Court of India’s set forth guidelines – namely J M Lyngdoh Committee Recommendations. 

And, in the same way, there is an increase in the number of positions going for elections. Previously elections at University range were held for only six positions, namely; President, Vice-President, General Secretary, Joint Secretary, Cultural Secretary and Sports Secretary. But, over the years, a new set of positions also included, like the election to the positions of; School Board Members, Gender Sensitisation Committee Against Sexual Harassment (GSCASH), etc.

Thus, all this indicates, at a few Universities, like the University of Hyderabad deepening of democracy is taking place, successfully, by having regular and sustained democratic process through annual elections. But, on the other side, in most other educational institutions across India, this phenomenon is unimaginable, and efforts to revive this tradition is also not going on!!

National Seminar on ‘Politics of Inclusion: Empowering Minorities in India’

The Department of Political Science, University of Hyderabad organized and hosted a National Seminar on ‘Politics of Inclusion: Empowering Minorities in India,’ during September 5-6, 2017.

On the sidelines of this National Seminar, I had presented a Paper entitled ‘Political Strategies and Deliberations over Muslim Backward Classes Inclusion: The Distinctive Case in Andhra Pradesh & Telangana.’ The abstract of this Paper is as follows;

Abstract

The Concepet Note of this National Seminar is as follows;

Politics of Inclusion

The tentative Programme Schedule of this National Seminar is as follows;

Programme schedule of Minority Politics

Mohammed Ghouse, Post Doctoral Fellow, Department of Political Science, University of Hyderabad was the prime source behind organising this National Seminar. But, technically the credit was acknowledged under Sri Chandrasekhara Rao as Convenor of this National Seminar.

 

Annotated Critical Deliberation on the ‘Annihilation of Caste’

‘Annihilation of Caste’, is one of the most popular treatise in India dealing with the ways and forms of persistence of Caste and modes of ‘Annihilating’ it, penned by Dr B R Ambedkar. Though Ambedkar authored and published many a works related to caste, etc; among all his writings, the ‘Annihilation of Caste’ has a unique position among his admirers and followers , primarily. As a result, his admirers and followers published and republished this ‘Annihilation of Caste’ document in various forms and modes over the years, across India in various vernaculars modes too.

The present review deals with the Navayana Publishing House, New Delhi published work in 2014. Navayana Publishing House in 2014 brought out an ‘Annotated Critical Edition on the Annihilation of Caste’. In this edition, the Editor S Anand provided critical Annotations to the original text of Ambedkar’s ‘Annihilation of Caste’. And, a lengthy Introduction was also provided by Arundhati Roy, one of the well known Indian English writers. This Introduction was entitled as ‘The Doctor and the Saint’.

I had composed a Review of this Book in the The Criterion: An International Journal in English‘, as part of this Journals April, 2017 issue. ‘The Criterion’ is an University Grants Commission (UGC) recognized journal. This Review can be found on the following source.

Annotated Critical Deliberation on the ‘Annihilation of Caste’

Previously, a discussion on this Book was held at the University of Hyderabad in 2014.  And, I had provided a report on that discussion in 2014 itself. Please refer the following URL source for that same discussion, if interested.

Arundhati Roy tilts towards Gandhi: Prof. K. Y. Ratnam

Moral University Convocation

A few years back, a predominant Scheduled Caste (SC) group and organisation at the University of Hyderabad Campus begun to perceive me as a threat to their ‘Caste and Organisation’. As a result, they started to brand me as an ‘Anti-Dalit’ and propagated in such a manner to a few Non-Telugu Dalits, who begun to believe the same.

I came to know about this process and incident a bit late.

On one day, a Non-Telugu SC Doctoral Research Scholar from Political Science started to behave with me in an unusual manner, due to this believed (mis)belief as an ‘anti-Dalit’, without expressing the same in full-fledged form.

Surprisingly, on another midnight, we both encountered each other while walking on the University Campus. This gentleman was thoroughly drunken. As a result, he was able to open his feeling against me as ‘anti-Dalit’, albeit in a little polite manner. But, I was able to guess the sense.

The result was – at length discussion, deliberation, debate, explanation followed. Even then, there was no change in his mindset.

After returning to my hostel room – I pondered over about this guy’s perception towards me and more. At last, I felt pity for his inability to understand ‘what constitutes Political Discourse – why and how’, even after having highest qualification in the academic discipline and exposure to a particular Political Society and System for more than a decade!!??

As a final moral resort, I conducted ‘Moral Reserve University Convocation’ in my heart as Chancellor of the University and repealed his awarded academic qualification in the Political Science discipline for his inability to sustain scientific temper in the pursuit of the Subject!!